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    Cloonaghlin Lough and Lough Namona


    Waterville, Co. Kerry


    • Salmon – 17th January to 30th September.
    • Sea-Trout – 17th January to 12th October. Sea trout fly only 1st – 12th October. All sea trout is Catch and Release only

    Fish Species: Salmon and Sea trout

    Cloonaghlin Lough and Lough Namona are important sea trout fisheries in the Currane catchment. Cloonaghlin Lough at 300 hectares and Lough Namona at 80 hectares are located north east of Waterville and Lough Currane and are drained by the Owengarriff River which flows for 1.5km before joining with the Cummeragh River. Fish move into Cloonaghlin Lough and Lough Namona when water levels in the rivers are high and in flood. These lakes are productive sea trout waters but also get a small run of salmon. Lough Namona generally gets a better run of salmon depending on water conditions. Runs can commence as early as April but runs to the lakes are dependent on having high water levels in the Cummeragh and Owengarriff Rivers. Bank fishing is not possible on either of these Loughs and the best fishing is obtained by using a boat.


    Access to Lough Namona is located by way of a small track which is located on the north east side of the lake. Access to Cloonaghlin Lough is also by way of a small track on the southern shoreline. Boats are available for hire on both lakes through the Waterville Development Group and can be pre-booked at the Waterville Angling Centre. Concessions are available for members of the Waterville Development Group. There is no public access to these lakes and membership of the Waterville Fisheries Development Group is recommended and encouraged.

    When fly fishing on Cloonaghlin Lough and Lough Namona a single handed 9.5ft to 10ft rod with a 6 to 8 weight line appropriate to the time of year will suffice but as with all fishing this will depend on the angler’s preference. A leader of 6lbs to 10lbs is advisable. When trolling or spinning, a 9ft to 10ft spinning rod and a selection of toby type or shallow diving lures will more than suffice. Reels should be filled to capacity with 12lb mono or braid.

    Cloonaghlin Lough and Lough Namona are small to medium sized waters and it is recommended that visiting anglers avail of the services of the local guides and ghillies who know these lakes well. Their experience and expertise will ensure your safety and provide you with the best opportunity to make that catch of a lifetime in a spectacular setting. This will enable you to maximise your fishing time and enhance your overall fishing experience during your visit. A full listing of guides, ghillies and instructors for Lough Derriana is available at www.fishinginireland.info/guides/kerry.htm

    A State licence is required to fish for both salmon and sea trout. Salmon and sea trout fishing are governed by the salmon and sea trout regulations which are reviewed and revised annually and by the rules and regulations as set out by the Waterville Development Group. For up to date information on the current salmon and sea trout regulations please visit www.fishinginireland.info/salmon/salmontagging.htm


    Fishing is subject to regulations as set out by the Waterville Development Group which are revised annually.

    Best Flies

    Hairy Mary
    Gary Dog
    Shrimp Flies
    Sea Trout
    Black Pennel
    Sooty Olive
    Claret & Blue

    Angling Tip:

    Fishing in and around the shallows and the river inlets and outlets can be produce excellent results.

    Angling Clubs:

    Membership of the Waterville Fishery Development Group (Available at Waterville Angling Centre, see below) is recommended and encouraged www.loughcurrane.com


    Cloonaghlin Lough and Lough Namona can be accessed off the N70 via Beenbane Rd. This runs in a north easterly direction and two right hand turns take you to where access to the lakes is provided through steel gates. (Be sure to check locally for directions as the network of small roads can be confusing)

    Angling Guides



    Membership of the Waterville Fishery Development Group (Available at Waterville Angling Centre, see below) is recommended and encouraged. Membership brings additional benefits.

    Anglers must have a salmon licence when fishing for salmon and sea trout. Licences can be purchased online at www.salmonlicences.ie/Default.aspx?tabid=78&l=0&r=8

    The salmon and sea trout angling regulations are revised annually and the current regulations can be found at www.fishinginireland.info/salmon/salmontagging.htm

    Boat Hire



    Visitors to the Waterville are will find Ordnance Survey Map No. 83 of great assistance in getting around the area.

    Tackle Dealers

    Kevin Braine,
    Waterville Angling Centre,
    Lower Main Street,
    Waterville, Co. Kerry.
    Tel: +353 66 9474433 Mobile: +353 87 6766986
    email: [email protected]


    Visitors will find a full range of accommodation at www.discoverireland.com


    Waterville Fishery Development Group www.loughcurrane.com

    Getting to Waterville and Lough Derriana


    Waterville can be accessed by way of the N70 from Cahersiveen.


    The airports in closest proximity to Waterville are Cork and Shannon. A number of low cost airlines operate between Cork and Shannon and the UK and Europe.

    Ferry Ports:

    Waterville can be easily accessed from the ferryports of Cork, Rosslare and Dublin

    Further Information:

    Inland Fisheries Ireland, Sunnyside House, Masseytown Macroom, Co Cork. Tel: +353 26 41221 Fax: +353 26 41223 email: [email protected]  www.fishinginireland.info

    For Angling queries contact:

    Michael Hennessy, Email: [email protected]

    Additional Contacts:

    Waterville Fishery Development Group www.loughcurrane.com

    Map of Waterville and Currane system

    Access to Fisheries: Access does not imply a right of way and anglers should ensure that they have the necessary permission to enter or cross private lands. Where possible, anglers should walk along the river bank or lake shore.

    Country Code: Anglers should ensure that gates are closed and that fences are not broken or damaged. Care should be taken with crops and livestock. Litter must not be discarded and no fires are allowed. Vehicles should be parked in designated areas and in such a manner that they do not cause obstruction.

    Errors and Inaccuracies: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this webpage is accurate, no responsibility will be accepted by Inland Fisheries Ireland for any errors or inaccuracies contained herein.