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    Blessington Lake (Pollaphuca Resevoir)


    This lake is the largest reservoir (5,000 acres) in Ireland and is 19 miles from Dublin. It has 50 miles of shoreline with many bays which offer the angler excellent game fishing. The Electricity Supply Board controls and manages this fishery. A permit for fishing is required.

    Trout angling

    There is a small stock of wild brown trout in the reservoir. The E.S.B. stock the lake annually with brown and rainbow trout. The Vallymount area has produced Ferox trout to over 10lb. There are good seasonal hatches of duckfly, buzzers and sedges. Good falls of terrestrial flies can occur during the summer.

    Boat anglers generally use the launching facilities at Russborough, Tulfaris and Burgage Bridge. All legal methods are permitted on the lake. An E.S.B. boat permit and number is required.

    • Trout season: 1 March – 30 September
    • Bag Limit: Six Brown Trout per day
    • Trout Size Limit: Nine inches

    The lake is open for coarse angling all year round except in the month of October.

    Please note: White maggots only.

    Fishing permits

    Dublin Trout Anglers Association & the Kilbride Angling Club members have permission to fish the lake for trout. All other trout anglers require an angling permit from the E.S.B. An E.S.B. coarse (including pike), trout permit is required to fish. Further information from the ESB and outlets below.

    Boat permits are available from the E.S.B.

    Contact: Fisheries Conservation, Hydro Group,
    Address: Ardnacrusha, Limerick
    Telephone: 061 – 345588).
    Web: https://esb.ie/acting-responsibly/fisheries-2/fisheries 


    The no. 65 bus from Eden Quay in the City Centre stops at Blessington. A limited number of buses go on to Ballymore Eustace. Check with Dublin Bus for more details. The most accessible way to get around the shores of the lake is by car. There are numerous car parking and picnic areas.

    Trout Angling Clubs

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