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Lough Currane

Waterville, Co. Kerry

Season

Fish Species: Salmon and Sea trout

Lough Currane is located east of the picturesque village of Waterville on the scenic ring of Kerry in the south west of Ireland. It can be accessed from the north and the south via the N70. Currane is the largest and best known of a series of lakes that are famous for their quality sea trout fishing. A series of smaller lakes which are located to the north east include Lough Namona, Cloonaghlin Lough, Iskanamacteery and Derriana Loughs and are all interconnected by the Cummeragh and Owengarriff Rivers. To the south of these lakes Capall Lough (Isknaghany Lough) which also lies to the east of Waterville is connected to Currane by a short river known as the Capall River. In addition to its sea trout run Currane also gets a run of salmon throughout the season with some fish being caught as early as January.

Lough Currane

Lough Currane covers an area of approximately 1,011 hectares (c 2,500 acres) and it drains directly into the sea at Ballinskelligs Bay on its western shore through a short private stretch of river known as the Waterville River on which the famous Butlers Pool is located.

Lough Currane is one of Ireland’s premier sea trout fisheries and produces many sea trout to specimen size annually. Salmon and sea trout can pass through the Lough to access the catchments upper lakes of Capall, Lough Namona, Lough Derriana, Cloonlaghlin and Iasknamacnateery. Each season, Currane gets a good run of sea trout and moderate numbers of salmon but these runs are very dependent on the water levels on this spate river system. Water and weather conditions can impact greatly on the fishing.

The sea trout caught on Lough Currane are renowned for their size and fighting ability. The best sea trout fishing is from April to September with many of the larger fish being taken between April and June. Some sea trout can also be taken as early as March. Trolling with shallow diving lures is effective in the early part of the season but many fish are taken on the fly all throughout the season. Sea trout can be taken all over the lake but some of the more popular fishing locations include Black Point, Church Island, Reenaskinna Rock and Rough Island. Boat fishing produces the best results but sea trout can also be taken from the shore. Sea trout to over 10 lbs. (4.5 Kilos) are recorded annually from this unique lake and the tables below show the top five fish that have been taken on Lough Currane in recent seasons. Many other specimens have also been recorded and further details can be found at www.irish-trophy-fish.com/

Specimen Sea-Trout Taken at Lough Currane 2007-2015

Irish Record Weight: 16 lbs 6 ozs (7.428 kg)
Specimen Weight:
6lbs (2.721 kg)

Specimen Sea-Trout Taken at Lough Currane 2013, 2014 & 2015

Location

Name of Captor

Date of Capture

Method

Weight

Lough Currane

Liam Ellis

April 2015

Rapala

11.80lbs

Lough Currane

Tim Van Der Laan NL

April 2014

Rapala

11.54lbs

Lough Currane

David Hempsey

Sept 2013

Toby

11.19lbs

Specimen Sea-Trout Taken at Lough Currane 2010 & 2012

Location

Name of Captor

Date of Capture

Method

Weight

Lough Currane

Sean Smith

May 2010

Fly

13.31lbs

Lough Currane

Tommy Duffy

Aug 2012

Fly

9.18lbs

Specimen Sea-Trout Taken at Lough Currane 2009

Location

Name of Captor

Date of Capture

Method

Weight

Lough Currane

Liam Ellis

May 2009

Lure

12.85lbs

Lough Currane

Axel ZurBrugge

April 2009

Trolling

11.52lbs

Lough Currane

Marcel Guillou

June 2009

Fly

9.47lbs

Lough Currane

Markus Kruse

May 2009

Fly

8.5lbs

Lough Currane

Bernd Rall

April 2009

Fly

8.5lbs

Specimen Sea-Trout Taken at Lough Currane 2008

Location

Name of Captor

Date of Capture

Method

Weight

Lough Currane

Heinz Stratman

May 2008

Minney

5.66kgs

Lough Currane

David Eccleston

May 2008

Fly

4.63kgs

Lough Currane

Bob MacDonald

May 2008

Fly

4.54kgs

Lough Currane

Martin Clancy

April 2008

Lure

4.47kgs

Lough Currane

Kevin Brain

June 2008

Lure

4.40kg

Specimen Sea-Trout Taken at Lough Currane 2007

Location

Name of Captor

Date of Capture

Method

Weight

Lough Currane

Gary Humphrey

May 2007

Fly

4.804kgs

Lough Currane

John Andrew

May 2007

Fly

4.72kgs

Lough Currane

Roy Williams

May 2007

Fly

4.186kgs

Lough Currane

Martin Evans

April 2007

Fly

4.16kgs

Lough Currane

Mark Maley

June 2007

Fly

4.018kg


When fishing on Currane a single handed 9.5ft to 10ft rod with a 6 to 8 weight line appropriate to the time of year will suffice but as with all fishing this will depend on the angler’s preference. A strong leader of 12lbs to 15lbs is advisable owing to the size of fish which may be caught here.

Salmon fishing can be good early in May and June but the best of the fishing commences with the arrival of the grilse in July. As for the sea trout, a single handed 9.5 rod with an eight weight line appropriate to the time of year will suffice.

Salmon fishing on the Waterville River and on Butlers Pool may be arranged by contacting the Waterville Fishery Manager at +353 66 9474244 or by email at wvhouse@eircom.net

Popular fishing locations include the out flow of the Cummeragh River at Morgan’s Rock, Grassy Island, Grey Rock and Cummeragh Island. Drifts around Church Island and Capall Bay are also popular locations but anglers can connect with fish all over the lake.

Currane

The Currane lake system is well developed, with access to boats, guides and other ancillary angling services being readily available to the visiting angler. These providers will ensure that your stay in the Waterville area will provide you with the best angling experience possible. The well developed accommodation base has welcomed anglers from all over the world for decades including none other than the silent screen star and legend Charlie Chaplin.

Lough Currane is a big water and it is recommended that visiting anglers avail of the services of the local guides and ghillies who know all of the lakes moods. Their experience and expertise will ensure your safety and provide you with the best opportunity to make that catch of a lifetime. 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 Currane is available at www.fishinginireland.info/guides/kerry.htm

Methods

All legal angling methods allowed subject to the Salmon and Sea Trout Angling Regulations. These are revised annually and the current regulations can be found at www.fishinginireland.info/salmon/salmontagging.htm

Best Flies

Salmon

Hairy Mary

Gary Dog

Shrimp Flies

Cascade

 

Sea Trout

Black Pennel

Mallard&Claret

Sooty Olive

Claret & Blue

Bibio

Angling Tip

Fishing in and around the river inlets 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 www.loughcurrane.com

Access

Lough Currane can be accessed of the N70 via the turn at the Lodge hotel in the centre of the town. Keep right at the GAA club and continue to a spacious car park at the “bog”. The lake can also be accessed via Beenbane Rd to the north and Lake Road to the south.

Angling Guides

www.fishinginireland.info/guides/kerry.htm

Permits

No permit is required to fish on this free fishery but membership of the Waterville Fishery Development Group (Available at Waterville Angling Centre, see above) 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 www.salmonlicences.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=78&l=0&r=8

Boat Hire

www.fishinginireland.info/boathire/currane.htm

Map

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
email: info@kbfishingireland.com

Accommodation

Visitors will find a full range of accommodation at www.discoverireland.com

Contacts:

Waterville Fishery Development Group www.loughcurrane.com

Getting to Waterville and Lough Currane

Roads:

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

Airports:

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: macroom@fisheriesireland.ie  www.fishinginireland.info

For Angling queries contact:

 Michael Hennessy, Email: micheal.hennessy@fisheriesireland.ie

Additional Contacts:

Waterville Fishery Development Group www.loughcurrane.com

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.

Charlie Chaplin