The Ballisodare River is just 5 miles long and flows from Collooney into Ballisodare Bay. With its tributaties, the Unshin River, the Owenmore River and the Owenbeg River, it drains a catchment of 252 square miles, which includes Lough Arrow and Twemplehouse Lake. Even as short as it is, this must be one of the most prolific salmon rivers in the country.Most of the fishing action takes place in the tidal section below the “Butt” of the Ballisodare Falls and the river itself above the falls is also extremely productive throughout the season. The Salmon fishing is contolled by the Ballisodare Fishing Club. Due to extensive conservation measures by the club and the fisheries board in recent years, there is now a substantial run of spring salmon in the river from April to mid June, and in June – July the peak of its large grilse run is seen. There is some very good seatrout fishing in the estuary in the evenings on a rising tide.
Salmon & seatrout: 1 March to 30 September
Secretary, Ballisodare Fishing Club,
Ballisodare, Co. Sligo,
Tel: +353 (0)71 9130513
Mobile:+353 (0) 86 2515064