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Carrowmore Lake and Owenmore River

Carrowmore Lake

Carrowmore Lake lies 2 miles north-west of Bangor in Co. Mayo. The slopes of Knocknascollop rise up along the west shore. The lake is over 4 miles long and nearly 3 miles at its widest part, though it narrows to ½ mile at one point. It holds spring salmon from opening day (1 January) and seatrout from late June and it has a resident stock of brown trout with some good ones among them. The salmon fishing season opens on 1 January and the lough holds a good stock of spring salmon even at that early date. Serious fishing begins with the first mild weather in February and a break in the winter storms. Bank fishing is not allowed. Fishing methods are spinning and flyfishing to 31 March and thereafter it is flyfishing only. This is probably the premier spring salmon fishing lough in the country. The predominant angling quarry – at the height of the season from July onwards – is the seatrout. However, the lough can suffer from an algae bloom from time to time and this has a hugely detrimental effect on the fishing. Favourite fishing areas are around Gortmore Island on the south side, around Derrens Island on the north-west side, all along the north shore and at the mouth of the Glencullin River to the east. Best conditions are a soft wind from the south-west. All the usual traditional fly patterns work, as does dapping an artificial (only the artificial fly is permitted). This lake is shallow all over and boats should take great care of rocks submerged just under the surface. For information on the 15 boats for hire, contact Seamus Henry (see boat hire details). On a lake this size the angler would be well advised to take along his own outboard. The season for trout and seatrout is from 1 February to 30 September.

Season

Salmon: 1 January to 30 September

Seatrout: 1 February to 30 September

Brown trout: 15 February to 30 September

Permission

Bangor Angling Club, Seamus Henry, Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo. Tel: (097) 83487, fax: (097) 83543

Boat hire, guides & accommodation information

Bangor Angling Club, Seamus Henry, Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo. Tel: (097) 83487, fax: (097) 83543

Web

www.bangorerrisangling.com

Owenmore River

The Owenmore drains a large are of bogs, moorland and mountains of north-west Mayo. It is every inch a brilliant salmon and sea trout fishery. Much of the water is reserved and not let. It is a big spate river with remarable catches. One four mile stretch in the middle reaches is leased by the Bangor Sporting Club and limited day tickets are available.

Season

Salmon: 1 January to 30 September

Seatrout: 1 February to 30 September

Brown trout: 15 February to 30 September

Permission

Bangor Angling Club, Seamus Henry, Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo. Tel: (097) 83487, fax: (097) 83543

Web

www.bangorerrisangling.com