Trout fishing in the West

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

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Lough Corrib

Lough Corrib is 42,000 acres in size and stretches in length from within 4 miles of Galway City to within 2 miles of Maum Bridge, a distance of 33 miles. The Lough is renowned for its wild brown trout and salmon fishing. Brown trout fishing is usually good from the first day of the season and the salmon fishing for grilse is best from around the end of May. Trout can be caught on wet fly from opening day, Feb. 15th.

Each season, a number of specimen brown trout are caught on the lough, and the record stands at around 21.5lb, caught in September 2002. There are boats for hire at several locations around the lough, and boatmen are also available at most boat stations. Angling on Lough Corrib is free.


Brown Trout: 15th Feb. - 30th Sept.
Sea Trout: 1st June - 30th Sept.
Salmon: 1st Feb. - 30th Sept.


This Bye-law provides for 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.

Boat Hire

Information on where boats can be hired from is available at this link.

Fishery Contact Details

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