• Assaroe is closed for salmon (and sea trout over 40cm) fishing.

    Assaroe Lake is a 578 acre artificial lake created by the Cathleen falls and Cliff Hydro schemes and is controlled by the ESB. Fishing is restricted in parts of the lake and shore areas. No boating is allowed near the Hydro Stations (inside the floating booms). The lake has a low density but high average size of brown trout with fish up to 7lb caught in recent years. Brown trout fishing is usually at its best during the mayfly and productive areas include the old river course where the lake is constricted (Edenagor), Patsy Quinn’s shore and from this shore to the small headland to the west. The bay inside this shore is very shallow. Shore fishing is permitted along the North shore only and is best fished with fly or small spinners.

    Assaroe Lake is also a very under-fished but superb coarse fishery with very good bream, roach and hybrid fishing. 100lb+ of bream is a distinct possibility if pre-baiting with good quantities of ground bait. There are also some good roach. One local angler fishing for trout caught 11 roach, all between 2 and 2¼lb! Assaroe also holds some very big pike with pike up to 46lb being caught in recent times. The E.S.B. have installed fishing stands on the back lough to facilitate angling.


    The season for Trout is from 1st March to 30th September inclusive. The fishery is closed for salmon fishing.

    Pike & Coarse fishing is allowed all year except for the month of October.


    One of the following permits is required to fish Assaroe.


    €50 Adult season,

    €25 OAP season permit.


    €20 adult week permit,

    €10 OAP weekly permit.

    Day Permit:

    €5 adult day permit.

    Boat Permit:

    To launch/keep a boat on the fishery you will require a seasonal boat permit at €60 (plus €20 key deposit) available at: https://permits.fishinginireland.info/product/esb-boating-licence   For ESB information see: https://esb.ie/what-we-do/generation-and-trading/esb-fishery-information