There’s no end of sea fishing opportunities so you can test your angling prowess! And with plentiful fish stocks it’s no wonder anglers flock here all year round. Popular spots such as Omey Island and Streamstown Bay allow you to catch several types of fish including pollack and mackerel.
The coastline between Coolacloy and Clifden is quite rugged so be very careful! However in and around the rocks at Slopers Cliff and Belleek are marvellous spots for fishing. Pollack and mackerel can be caught using spinners, or if you’re into float fishing you can catch wrasse. Alternatively you can hire a charter boat from Clifden Quay.
Other popular areas in the Connemara Region for anglers include the harbour at Erislannan Point, the sheltered bay at Candoolin, and Mannin Bay. Mannin Bay in particular has good innings for the small boat angler. Plaice is the most popular catch in this area while nearby Ballyconneely Bay has great potential for catching tope, ray, dogfish and Pollack.
Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour and Leenane are other angling hot spots. Salmon fishing is most popular in the area of Lough Inagh. The fishery at Lough Inagh is composed of two lakes, Lough Inagh and Derryclare, as well as a river which is located at Ballynahinch.
The beautiful valley between the Twelve Bens and Maamturk Mountains is famous for its sea trout. You may not know this, but a popular fishing location in Connemara is at the point where a river enters a lake. This is called a “Butt” and the Derryclare Butt is well advised for a fisherman to test his skill!