Trout fishing in the West

  1. Lough Corrib
  2. Lough Mask
  3. Lough Carra
  4. Clare River

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River Clare

Tuam, Claregalway, Galway City, Co. Galway

Very good trout fishing on this medium sized river on various club and Fisheries Board stretches. Good fishing throughout the season with good hatches of various olives, spinners and sedges. A permit is required to fish all stretches. The season runs from 1st of March until 30th of September and the best period is April until June and September.


WESTERN FISHERIES REGION RIVER CLARE (REVOCATION) BYE-LAW NO. 962, 2018 Permits all legal angling methods on the Clare River from Daly’s Bridge in the townland of Corrandrum to a point 300 metres upstream of the footbridge at Anbally in the townlands of Anbally and Turloughmartin, County Galway. This section of river was previously fly only and the new bye law will bring this short section into line with the rest of the Clare River. This bye law was introduced at the request of the local angling club.

ABBERT AND GRANGE RIVERS (ANNUAL CLOSE SEASON) BYELAW NO. C.S 326, 2018 Extends the closed season for all angling on the Abbert and Grange Rivers by two months to cover the period 1 September to 31 March annually.  This bye law is being introduced as a conservation measure having regard to the very significant contribution of both of these rivers to wild brown trout stocks in the Clare River system and Lough Corrib. The bye law was introduced at the request of the angling clubs based on the River Clare system. I have attached a short note detailing the importance of the Abbert & Grange Rivers to the overall trout population in Lough Corrib where they contribute 23% and 21% respectively. The new bye law will afford greater protection to spawning salmonids in these two very important tributaries of the River Clare.

Bag limit

A daily bag limit of 4 trout of which not more than 1 trout is greater than 10 lbs (4.54 kgs), and prohibits -

(a) the taking of trout less than 13 inches (33 cm),
(b) the use of more than 1 rod or 4 artificial flies when fly fishing,
(c) the use of more than 1 rod when dapping,
(d) the use of more than 2 rods or 4 artificial flies per rod when trolling,
(e) the use of more than 2 rods when bait fishing or spinning, and
(f) the having on board a boat more than 3 rods when more than 1 person is bait fishing, spinning or trolling.

Fishery Contact Details

Address: Inland Fisheries Ireland, Weir Lodge, Earl's Island, Galway.
Telephone: +353 (0)91 563118
Fax: +353 (0)91 566335