proximity to the lakes of Killarney, makes it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. There are three Lakes in Killarney, known as Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake. Killarney and the surrounding district has some of the best Salmon and Brown Trout waters in Ireland and is an ideal base for the fishing enthusiast.
Trolling for salmon with either spoons or minnows is the most popular method used. Fly-fishing for trout with wet flies is very effective but spinners can also be used. The most popular flies are Bibio, Black Zulu, Jungle Cock, Bog Fly, Alder, and early in the season Hawthorn's and Duck Flies.
The Lakes contain fourteen species of fish, including the Charr, a species of fish which usually occupies Sub-Artic lakes. Trout fishing on Killarney’s lakes is free and for a small licence fee you can hunt for the magnificent wild Atlantic salmon.
On many of the nearby rivers and lakes for a small weekly or daily charge, you can fish for Brown trout, Sea trout, Rainbow trout and Salmon.
You will find some wonderful wild Brown Trout fishing in the Gap Of Dunloe / Black Valley region. This area is full of small lakes and streams. Especially for the dedicated Fly Angler, you will have great fun with Small Brownies.
This is a medium size spate river, it drains the West Cork mountains, and flows into Lough Leane, the lower reaches are deep but with enough flow to carry a fly. It gets a run of spring Salmon and a great run of Peel (grilse). Local knowledge of this river is vital. All methods of fishing are allowed (except maggots & ground baiting).