O’Briensbridge Angling Centre
O’Briensbridge on the lower River Shannon immediately south of Lough Derg in Co Clare about 16 kms from Limerick City and approximately 40 kms from Shannon Airport. It’s a good coarse angling base. Angling Services are presently available nearby at Killaloe , contact TJ’s Angling centre.
WHERE TO FISH
O’Briensbridge is an important pike angling location and produces pike to specimen size. O’Briensbridge serves as a good base for anglers interested in fishing the nearby EAST CLARE LAKES. Other neighbouring angling centres include KILLALOE on the River Shannon and MOUNTSHANNON and SCARIFF on Lough Derg’s western shores.
At O’Briensbridge there are two established fishing locations on this section of the River Shannon. The other section is downstream of the Bridge. There are 35 natural swims on this section which are well maintained and can also offer fishable water all year round for all species of coarse fish. Both these sections are suitable for competitions. The downstream section is a popular location for pike angling and well worth a few hours fishing. It can produce pike to specimen size.
The first section is upstream of O’Briensbridge as far as the E.S.B. (Electricity Supply Board) Dam, a distance of about 1.5 kms. The water here is between 6 and 8 meters deep and has a strong current close to the dam but in slow flowing further downstream. This section has about 30 well maintained swims. Species here are Roach, hybrids, Perch and Bream. The banks are high but fishable all year round.
This venue is situated down river from the village and is used as a match venue for the local clubs. There are approximately 35 natural swims. Species here are the same as up river. The water is slow flowing with depths ranging between 3 and 8 meters.
FACILITIES AND ACCESS: There is a roadway between the canal and the River Shannon which provides access to the upper section. This is owned by the ESB and requires a key to open the gate to the section. This can be obtained – enquire locally. Otherwise access involves a long walk along the left bank facing upstream. Parking is available near the bridge.
Access to the downstream section is sign posted at the end of the village near the canal bridge. On reaching the river bank underneath the ESB wires the swims are located upstream and downstream of this position.
TO GET THERE: From Limerick – take the main Dublin N7 out of the City for about 10 kms to Daly’s Cross, turn left here and continue on the minor road to Montpelier and across into O’Briensbridge. Seek directions if you are unsure. There is another route which can be considered from the opposite side of the river, you can make local enquiries or follow your road map.