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    Open for 2024 – Brown tag fishery

    • Salmon and sea trout from 1st April to 30th September inclusive.


    Road map to Owenea Fishery
    Road Map: How to get to the Owenea Fishery. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

    The Owenea River runs for some 13 miles draining Lough Ea in the west of the Croaghs, into Loughrosmore Bay at Ardara. The Owenea is primarily a spate river taking around 1 to 2 days to run off after a good flood. This is one of the best salmon rivers in the county. The river has a run of spring salmon, grilse, sea trout and has a resident stock of small brown trout. The fishery consists of 9 beats on the bottom 8 miles of the river with good pools spread throughout the whole river. The beats cater for 3, 4 or 5 rods depending on the particular beat. The river has a lot of ‘nice fly water’ with the majority of fish being caught by this method. When in condition the river is one of the best in the country for grilse. The main grilse run starts in July with salmon right to the end of the season.

    There are additional facilities for anglers, including toilets and hospitality at the angling centre as well as access for disabled anglers along a section of beat 3. There is an ongoing programme of maintenance and upgrading of access, angling structures, habitat restoration etc.

    N.B. Shrimp and Prawn are strictly prohibited.

    Beat Maps

    Beat maps have been prepared by IFI for the Owenea fishery. Click on the thumbnails below to print a high quality map.

    Map of beats 2 and 3, Owenea [Click here for .pdf of Beats 2 & 3, 163 KB]

    Map of beats 4 and 5, Owenea [Click here for .pdf of Beats 4 & 5, 160 KB]

    Map of beats 6 and 7, Owenea [Click here for .pdfof Beats 6 & 7 , 180 KB]

    Map of beats 8 and 9, Owenea [Click here for .pdf of Beats 8 & 9, 180 KB]

    Owenea Newsletter


    The season is from 1st April to 30th September inclusive.


    Permits are available as

    • Adult day permits €40
    • Juvenile day permits €20
    • Weekly permits €180
    • Juvenile Weekly permit €80

    Buy online: https://permits.fishinginireland.info/product-category/donegal/owenea/

    Salmon licences are available from:

    • Doherty’s Tackle Shop, Main St. Donegal Town. Tel: (074) 9721119

    Bookings/Further information

    Bookings can be taken in advance on full payment of rod permit. Bookings are non-transferable. Rods will be assigned beats on a ‘first come first served basis’ and will be rotated through beats thereafter if demand is high. Visa and MasterCard facilities are available.

    Off-season information available through

    IFI Ballyshannon, Station road, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
    (071) 9851435. Fax: (071) 9851816.
    [email protected]

    Owenea road map