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    The Munster Blackwater
    The Munster Blackwater is a superb salmon water

    Open to 31st August. Catch & Release from 1st September.

    • Salmon & Sea-trout : 1st February – 30th September
    • Brown trout: 15 February to 30 September.

    This large and broad river has a lot of fine salmon fishing spread among many private and club fisheries. They are all easily accessible and most welcome visiting anglers. Spring run improving in recent years. The best grilse fishing is towards the end of the season.

    The Munster Blackwater rises in Co. Kerry and flows for over 160 km through Counties Cork and Waterford to the tide at Cappoquin. It is Ireland’s fourth-longest river and is noted for its big run of salmon. In 2016, the river recorded a rod and line catch of 3,837 of which 1,821 were released back to the river by anglers. In 2019, the catch was 2,371 salmon of which 1,111 were sportingly released back to the river by anglers.

    Spinning and fly fishing for salmon are the methods allowed on all fisheries, but on some fisheries the use of a worm or shrimp is allowed. However, fishing must at all times be consistent with the rules and regulations of the fisheries and the salmon and sea trout regulations. Please see below.

    There is a statutory size limit of 7 inches for salmon and trout. No fishing is allowed from the Mill Dam at Clondulane or for 30 yards below it. There is some very good brown trout fishing to be had on the Blackwater.

    The Munster Blackwater at Cappoquin
    The Munster Blackwater at Cappoquin

    The Munster Blackwater is located in the south of the country. The nearest towns and villages are Mallow, Fermoy, Lismore, Cappoquin and Youghal.

    • Salmon & Sea-trout : 1st February – 30th September
    • Brown trout: 15 February to 30 September.
    Salmon Angling Regulations


    Salmon Licence

    Anglers must have a salmon licence to fish for salmon and sea trout. A licence can be purchased online at the following link https://store.fishinginireland.info/

    Fisheries on the Munster Blackwater
    Cappoquin Salmon & Trout Association
    Cappoquin, Waterford

    Lismore, County Waterford
    Tel: +353 (0)87 8295449
    Email: [email protected]

    Glencairn, Lismore, County Waterford.
     +353 (0)87 8292077
    Email: www.fortwilliamireland.com

    Ballyduff, County Waterford.
    Tel: +353 (0)87 255 3001
    Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford.
     +353 (0)586 0146
    Mobile: +353 (0)87 720 5690
    Kilbarry Syndicate Fishery
    Martin Trusler, The New Bungalow, Mocollop, Ballyduff Upper, Co. Waterford
    Tel: 086 2282208
    Ballinaroone & Mocollop
    Elgin Cottage, Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford.
     +353 (0)58 60255
    Upper Kilmurry, Kilworth, Ireland
    Ring Glenda on +353 (0)87 2351260
    Estate Office, Lismore Castle, Lismore, Co.Waterford
    Tel. +353 (0)58 54424
    Ballyhooley Castle Fishery
    Roxton Bailey Robinson Worldwide, 25 High St Hungerford
    Jeremy Green, Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons, Co. Cork.
    +353 (0)25 36349
    Fox’s Fishery at Killavullen
    Dan O’Donovan, Craigside, Blackrock, Cork.
    Tel: +353 (0)21 4358218
    Carrigoon Cottage
    Mallow Co. Cork.
    Tel: 086-851-3401
    Mallow, Co. Cork.
    +353 (0)22 47156
    Carrigacunna Castle Fishing
    Killavullen, Co Cork
    Ballymaquirke Fishery & Lodge
    James Murphy-O’Connor, Greybrook House, Waterfall, Co.Cork.
    Tel: +353 (0)21 4502555