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Lough Derriana

Waterville, Co. Kerry


Fish Species: Salmon and Sea trout

Covering an area of approximately 400 hectares Lough Derriana is the second largest lake in this system. It is connected to Lough Currane by the Cummeragh River and fish move into the lake when water levels in the river are high and in flood. Runs of salmon and sea trout commence as early as March and April but they are dependent on water levels. Bank fishing is not possible on Derriana Lough and the best fishing is obtained by using a boat.


Boats are available for hire on this lake at Clodragh through the Waterville Development Group and can be pre-booked at the Waterville Angling Centre. Concessions are available for members of the Waterville Development Group. There is no public access to the lake and membership of the Waterville Fisheries Development Group is recommended and encouraged.

Lough Derriana is a medium sized water and it is recommended that visiting anglers avail of the services of the local guides and ghillies who know these lakes well. Their experience and expertise will ensure your safety and provide you with the best opportunity to make that catch of a lifetime in a spectacular setting. This will enable you to maximise your fishing time and enhance your overall fishing experience during your visit. A full listing of guides, ghillies and instructors for Lough Derriana is available at


Fishing is subject to regulations as set out by the Waterville Development Group which are revised annually.

Best Flies


Hairy Mary

Gary Dog

Shrimp Flies



Sea Trout

Black Pennel


Sooty Olive

Claret & Blue


Angling Tip

Fishing in and around the shallows and the river inlets and outlets can be produce excellent results.

Angling Clubs

Membership of the Waterville Fishery Development Group (Available at Waterville Angling Centre, see below) is recommended and encouraged


Lough Derriana can be accessed off the N70 via Beenbane Rd. This runs in a North Easterly direction to Clodragh where access to the lake is provided through steel gates.

Angling Guides


Membership of the Waterville Fishery Development Group (Available at Waterville Angling Centre, see below) is recommended and encouraged. Membership brings additional benefits.

Anglers must have a salmon licence when fishing for salmon and sea trout. Licences can be purchased online at

The salmon and sea trout angling regulations are revised annually and the current regulations can be found at

Boat Hire


Visitors to the Waterville are will find Ordnance Survey Map No. 83 of great assistance in getting around the area.

Tackle Dealers

Kevin Brain,
Waterville Angling Centre,
Lower Main Street,
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9474433 Mobile: +353 87 6766986


Visitors will find a full range of accommodation at


Waterville Fishery Development Group

Getting to Waterville and Lough Derriana


Waterville can be accessed by way of the N70 from Cahersiveen.


The airports in closest proximity to Waterville are Cork and Shannon. A number of low cost airlines operate between Cork and Shannon and the UK and Europe.

Ferry Ports:

Waterville can be easily accessed from the ferryports of Cork, Rosslare and Dublin

Further Information: 

Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Masseytown Macroom, Co Cork. Tel: +353 26 41221 Fax: +353 26 41223 email:

For Angling queries contact:

 Michael Hennessy, Email:

Additional Contacts:

Waterville Fishery Development Group

Map of Waterville and Currane system

Access to Fisheries: Access does not imply a right of way and anglers should ensure that they have the necessary permission to enter or cross private lands. Where possible, anglers should walk along the river bank or lake shore.

Country Code: Anglers should ensure that gates are closed and that fences are not broken or damaged. Care should be taken with crops and livestock. Litter must not be discarded and no fires are allowed. Vehicles should be parked in designated areas and in such a manner that they do not cause obstruction.

Errors and Inaccuracies: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this webpage is accurate, no responsibility will be accepted by Inland Fisheries Ireland for any errors or inaccuracies contained herein.