Eileen Carroll in our Macroom office reports that water levels remained low for most of last week on the River Bandon. As a result there were very little anglers out. There are a few resident fish in the pools which are coloured and slow to take.  There were one or two grilse caught on the tidal section.  Prospects improved after the heavy rain following the weekend.The Bandon Angling Association take up the story…

near Innishannon
Corner beside the chip van at Innishannon

06 July: River is now rising fast after this mornings rain. Upstream of Bandon is coming up slowly but below Bandon is in flood already due to the Bridewell River and Mart stream. This will bring the river into the condition fishermen so badly wanted from tomorrow onwards.

07 July: The river is now dropping in Bandon. Visibility is good and suitable for spinning now. It may be in fly order later this evening. The gauge is reading 0.81m. A couple of fish have been seen attempting the weir.

River Bandon
Bandon grilse caught in high water


(Later that night) Though the river was  “Big n brown n bowling down” that didn’t stop at least one grilse and the odd better fish from taking earlier today. While Jason Nash’s grilse reported here was taken on spinner, Michael Foran’s 15.75lb salmon was caught on fly.

15.7lb salmon
Michael Foran of a 15.7lb salmon caught on the fly

08 July: More good sport reported along the river today with salmon being landed and lost. River is fining down nicely and holding its colour.

Congrats to Ian Walker as his good season continues with a lovely fish of 8lbs
5lb grilse
Rob proudly holding his 5lb grilse


Big well done to day ticket holder Rob Mckechnie for catching his first ever salmon of 5lbs whilst spinning.

Report and photos courtesy of the Bandon Angling Association

Go fishing…

The River Bandon is a most scenic and prolific game fishing river flowing through some of the most picturesque country side in West Cork. It’s source is a few miles north west of Dunmanway from where it flows through that town and and on through the villages of Ballineen, Enniskeane, Kilcoleman, Bandon and Innishannon where it become tidal and widens into an estuary before meeting the sea past Kinsale.

Day tickets are available – http://www.bandonangling.com/visitors.html


Water levels
Today’s conditions on the Bandon. Water levels for the Bandon can be checked on the Farsom Digital Watercams site.