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Owenavorragh River

The Owenavorragh River rises near Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford and flows for approximately 18 miles in a north-easterly direction, across flat pastureland before entering the Irish Sea at Courtown Harbour.The river banks are overgrown in many places but they are cleared occasionally by the local Angling Association.

Fishing is controlled by the Owenavorragh Angling Association, which has day permits available and riparian owners. The Association control fishing from Ballywater Bridge to Courtown Harbour. This river holds excellent stocks of small wild brown trout to 8ozs. This wild stock is complimented with stocked fish from 1lb. to 2 lbs. in weight,which are stocked by the Association each season.

Location: Co. Wexford. The main towns in the area are Enniscorthy, Gorey and Courtown.


Season: Fishing takes place from March 15th to September 30th.

Methods: All legitimate methods are allowed but fishing must be consistent with the current rules and regulations of the Association.

Bye-law 913 of 2013 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified in the Bye-law and revokes Angling Bye-law No. 907, 2013.icon ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 913, 2013 (143.65 kB)

Angling Club: This water is controlled by the Owenvorragh Angling Association, which supports a policy of catch and release.

Fishing Tip: Night time fishing and standard sea-trout patterns produce the best results for sea trout.

Permits: Permits for this river are available from:

"Whitmores" jewelers and gift shop
37 Main Street, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Tel: 055 21351. Contact Paschal or Bridie.

Owenvorragh Anglers Club
Secretary: Albert Mulhall, Courtown, Co. Wexford.
Ph: 087-2131662

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