Cast a line in the Salmon Capital of Europe

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Mayo is recognised as one of the finest fishing and angling locations in Western Europe.  Ballina, the principal town in the north of the county, has firmly established itself as the salmon capital of Ireland. The 110km River Moy, which reaches the Atlantic at Ballina, is the most bountiful salmon river in Ireland with an annual rod catch of 9,000 fish.

Mayo lakes – Lough Mask, Lough Conn, and Lough Carra – offer some of the best wild brown trout fishing in the country. The Moy Estuary is popular too with sea trout fishermen. Sea angling for blue shark and common skate in the sheltered waters of Clew Bay is a spectacular day out.

There are several fine fishing establishments catering for anglers;

  • Rock House, a little-known 1820s lodge on a 30,000 acre sporting estate in North Mayo.
  • The four-star Mount Falcon Estate near Ballina. 
  • Enniscoe House on the shores of Lough Conn, which dates from the 1750s. The estate and fishing rights have been in the family since the 1660s. 

Certain types of fishing, such as salmon fishing, are very much season based in Mayo, so it’s worth planning ahead to make the most of your visit. 

Some rivers and lakes are subject to fishing permits or licences.  For more information and details on how to arrange a fishing permit, visit Inland Fisheries.


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