Irish rivers have healthy runs of salmon and sea trout and conservation measures which were recently introduced will ensure these stocks continue to flourish. Rivers such as the Munster Blackwater, Laune, Erriff, Moy, Drowes and Finn provide very good salmon fishing for both visiting and indigenous anglers. Sea trout fishing has seen an improvement in recent years, particularly on rivers and lakes such as the Ballynahinch system including Lough Inagh, the Moy and Erne Estuaries, the River Bandon and Lough Currane.
We have put together a selection of the very best fishing locations around the country, including the nearest towns and villages where you can find all you need to make your stay even more enjoyable. We have included lists of local tackle and bait suppliers as well as listings of ghillies and guides so you can plan your visit from start to finish before you even start packing.
Salmon fishing opens on January 1 on a handful of rivers and after that the remainder of rivers open on various dates in February, March, April and May. The majority of rivers close on September 30th but some rivers remain open for sea trout fishing to October 12. To see the opening and closing dates for individual rivers please follow the links below.
Principal Irish salmon rivers and fisheries
East & South East
South west & Shannon
West – Galway
West – Ballina