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    Lough Gill and Bonet River



    Catch & Release in 2024

    • Salmon and seatrout from 1 January to 30 September.
    • Angling Bye-law No. 982 of 2020 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single or double barbless hooks, and also prohibits the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in that part of the river downstream of a line drawn due north across the river from the north-eastern corner of the Lodge in the townland of Cleaveragh Demesne to the upstream face of Hyde Bridge in the Borough of Sligo.

    Please note: Sligo Anglers Association have closed their waters on the River Bonet from 1st September for salmon anglers upstream of Gortgarrigan bridge, Manorhamilton.

    Lough Gill

    Gill is a large lough, nearly 6½ miles long from east to west and 2½ miles wide at its widest point. It lies about 3 miles east of Sligo and the R286 Dromahair-Sligo road runs close by the shore on the northern end and the R287 on the southern side. There is public access and parking at Inisfree, Sriff Bay, Aughamore and Hazelwood Bay. This lough holds brown trout and salmon. It gets a big run of spring salmon and anglers are out from opening day. Few loughs have a reputation for having salmon as the predominant angling species and this is one of them. Most of the fishing is done by trolling. February and March are regarded as good months and so also is May, but after that the salmon fishing is over for the season.

    Bonet River

    The Bonet River rises north of Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, at Glenade Lake. It flows south, past Manorhamilton, and then turns in a westerly direction, past Dromahair, and into the eastern end of Lough Gill.

    The Bonet River is a good spring salmon and grilse fishery. Fishing is dependent on water levels.

    The river has a number of privately owned fisheries and syndicate waters, details below.


    • Sligo Anglers Fishery,
      c/o Ricky Fabozzi, Breeogue, Knocknahur, Sligo.
      Tel: +353 (0)86 6062073
    • Barton Smith,
      Millenium House, Unit 3, Stephen Street, Sligo.
      Tel: +353 (0)71 9142356
    • House of Value,
      Wine Street, Sligo.
      Tel: +353 (0)71 9171900.