Royal Canal (Lucan – Leixlip,Co. Kildare)
This six kilometres stretch on the 13th level of the canal is an excellent coarse fishing location. There is all year round fishing for roach and in summer many other species are regularly caught. Two new match stretches with permanent pegs have recently been installed. The most popular of these is from Cope Bridge to Collins Bridge where some of the best catches for 30 years have been recorded. In the summer mornings and evenings many anglers fish this stretch and good catches of roach, bream, hybrids and tench are taken. The second developed stretch is from Cope Bridge to Deey Bridge. This also produces some fine catches particularly behind the Leixlip Amenities Centre. Carp are regularly seen in the section but are seldom caught. Float fishing is the most popular method and at matches anglers prefer long pole and whip (short pole) methods. Bread punch can be very effective for roach in winter months. Some fine pike up to 20lbs are regularly taken by anglers mainly in the winter.
Collins Bridge to Deey Bridge, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Leixlip Angling Development Society: Dave Egan, 264 Castletown, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
Tel: 624 2968. This society is very active in the area particularly with junior anglers. Applications can be obtained from Mr. Dave Egan at the above address.