This is an ideal time to
introduce people, both young, not so young and a little bit
old, to the sport of fishing as dapping is a rather simple
method of angling where beginners luck quiet often outshines
the seasoned angler.
After 1st week in June to end of September :This period sees
the trout turn their attention to Perch Fry for the 1st few
weeks, and thereafter are caught on the wet-fly, dry-fly and
dapping the Grasshopper/Daddy Longlegs. Trolling in the deep
water of Upper Corrib often sees FEROX TROUT of 20 lbs and
over coming to the landing net. Fish of 10 lbs. and over are
in the SPECIMEN-TROUT category. Our biggest Ferox Trout at
16 lbs 1.5 oz is on display in the Lodge. During the very
hot weather nightfall can witness the hatching BUZZER
bringing the trout to the surface - a scene that has to be
witnessed to be believed.
As with the Wild Brown Trout, PIKE-FISHING on Lough Corrib is
ranked very high indeed in the World. In Fred Buller's
famous book "The Doomsday Book of Mammoth Pike" very many of
the large SPECIMEN PIKE mentioned were taken from Lough
Corrib. Anglers go on the trail of the TROPHY-PIKE on Lough Corrib
from the middle of July onwards to the middle of December.
Here at the Lodge we carry a supply of DEAD-BAIT for the
visiting anglers. Most pike anglers coming to Lough Corrib
for the 1st time usually record a personal best, and very
often this record is broken on several occasions. For more
information on the catches of pike, and especially the
records of large fish of 85 cm & upwards( A pike of 85 cm is
approx. 10 lbs), click on "Newsletter". Several methods of
angling are used to catch pike. Trolling - driving the boat
slowly with the bait/lure fishing behind the boat. Spinning
- fishing from a stationary boat with baits/lures.
Dead-Baiting- fishing with a dead natural bait (usually
Perch, Roach, Herring Eel) using a float. This method of
angling is best when there is enough wind to make the boat
drift. Dead-baiting and Spinning are usually carried out at
the same time. Jerk Baiting - this is a rather new method of
pike fishing on Corrib and the angler will require a special
Rod & Reel and a selection of Jerk Baits.
Coarse fish include Bream, Roach, Perch, Rudd, Tench,
Hybrids, Skimmers & Eels.
The waters give good Roach fishing over most of the year,
but usually best from April to December. Hybrids are always
plentiful in summer and early winter months. Roach to over
1lb. and Hybrids to over 3lb. are common. Bream fishing is
best from April and skimmers are plentiful the whole year
round. Bream to over 9lb. have been caught in Ballyquirke
Lake. Tench are also present in most of the lakes but are
often hard to locate because of the size of the waters.
Lough Corrib flows into the Sea at
Galway City and the Wild
Atlantic Salmon have a free run into the lake and the salmon
can be seen in their hundreds at the famous Salmon Weir
Bridge beside Galway Cathedral. Corrib gets a good run of
both spring salmon and grilse and the majority of fish taken
are caught by trolling. The standard baits are Tobys and
copper and silver spoons. The majority of spring salmon are
taken in the Cong - Carrick shore area, while the grilse,
which are much more numerous when they arrive in June, are
likely to take either a fly or a bait in any shallow area.
Favourite grilse areas on Lower Lough Corrib are Billybeg,
Muckrush, Rabbit Island and the Narrows, while on the upper
lough they can be taken anywhere along the west shore from
Inishgarraun to the mouth of the Fallomer River. Hot spots
in this area are Bog Bay, Oughterard Bay, Inishdawee and
along the Glaun shore. Another good area is around
Inishdoorus and along the west side of Doorus Peninsula,
with special emphasis on Hut Bay. The other good area is the
Carrick Shore, east past Cong to Inishmicatreer. It is
generally agreed that more grilse are taken along the west
shore - Inishgarraun to Fallomer River - than anywhere else.
They can also be taken on a fly when they come in fresh, and
favourite patterns are Green Peter, Silver Doctor, Black
Goldfinch, Black Doctor and Thunder and Lightning - sizes 8
Places to Fish
Access to Upper Corrib
is good, with numerous car parks, public quays and slipways.
Among the better ones are Derrymoyle, Oughterard Pier,
Hackett's Pier, Birchall, Collinamuck, Knockferry,
Rinnaknock, Greenfields, Derries, Golden Bay, Lisloughrey
and Cornamona. Access to Lower Corrib is more limited and is
easiest from Annaghdown Pier and the Streamers Quay in
Galway. There are a number of well-recognised angling
centres around the lough. Oughterard is probably the best
known, but Cong, Cornamona, Headford, Knockferry and
Annaghdown are equally well established. There the visiting
angler can obtain accommodation and hire boatmen, boats and
outboard motors, as well as sharing the company of all those
who have come to enjoy the marvellous sport and endless
angling variety that is available on Lough Corrib.
The salmon-fishing season opens on 1 February and the trout
season on 15 February, and both end on 30 September. There
is a statutory 12-inch size limit for trout.
To help the angler find the best fishing grounds, the
following is a guided tour of the lough, starting first at
the mouth of the Maam River and coming south along the
western shore and its islands.
Maam River to Fallomer River: Salmon lie close to the shore,
but this is an area that is not often fished for trout.
Fallomer River to Conor's Point: Holds a good stock of
trout. Has a mayfly hatch and can be fished out
approximately 500 yards off shore around the mouth of the
river. Salmon lie close to the shore and on the shallows.
There are dangerous underwater rocks in this area and they
extend approximately 400 yards west of the river mouth.
Conor's Point to Curraun Point: Good salmon lie close to
Seanavach Point to Seanavach Islands: Fair trout grounds off
Seanavach Point and all around the islands. Good salmon
Sullivan's Point - Charlie's Shallows - Bob's Island -
Lydon's Point: There are very good trout-fishing shallows
all over this area for approximately ½ mile off shore. From
Sullivan's Point to Lydon's Point is known as the Glann
Shore and is a favourite salmon lie. The most prolific
salmon grounds are from Lydon's Point to Glann church. Bob's
Island is good all around for trout for approximately 50
yards off the shore. This area fishes best in a west wind
and it has excellent mayfly hatch.
Bay east off Lydon's Point: Good trout and salmon grounds
with the shallows stretching approximately 100 yards off
Rinnerroon Point to Lydon's Point: The shallow which runs
north from Rinnerroon Point for approximately 100 years off
shore past the Red Brick House is very good trout water.
Very good mayfly and olive hatch. Good salmon lie close to
Rinnerroon Bay: This bay gives very good trout fishing in
all seasons. It has excellent hatches of duckfly, olives and
mayfly. The extensive shallows extend well out to the
Snadaun Islands and there is a very good shallow running
from Rinnerroon point almost to Brickeen Island.
Cannaver Island; there is good drift from Rinnerroon Point
to Cannaver Island during the mayfly hatch. Wet-fly fishing
is limited around Cannaver and Brickeen Islands. Best suited
The Snadaun Islands: Surrounded by shallows. Exceptionally
good trout fishing to wet fly, mayfly or dapped grasshopper
or daddy. There is one very long shallow, which runs from
the most south-westerly island towards Brickeen Island.
Annaghbeg Point: The trout fishing extends from the Point
north-west along the shore and there is a good shallow
approximately 30 yards off shore and parallel to shore. This
area is best fished in a north wind. Fishes well in April
and has a very good mayfly hatch and some olives. There is
also a long shallow extending from the point for
approximately 500 yards towards the Snadaun Islands. There
is a good salmon lie at the point. There are dangerous rocks
underwater, which extend well out.
Kitteen's bay: This bay consistently gives good trout
fishing from late March onwards. Has an excellent duckfly
hatch, also mayflies and olive. Some spent-Gnat fishing may
also be obtained here in the mayfly season. This bay may be
fished along either shore or across the middle.
Park Point: very good wet-fly and mayfly fishing for trout.
Good salmon lie. Dangerous underwater rocks extend 50 yards
Illaundabreach: There is good wet-fly fishing for trout all
around this island and also at the shallows Above and
Shallow Below. Dapping the mayfly, grasshopper or daddy can
be very successful here.
Currarevagh Bay - Moon's Bay: Extensive trout-fishing
shallows all along the shore and there is also a good drift
from Currarevagh Point to Glann Wood Point in a north-west
wind. There are some hatches of duckfly and good hatches of
mayfly and olives. It also offers Spent-Gnat fishing at
mayfly time. Salmon lie along the shore and a noted hot spot
for salmon to the fly is at the mouth of the Currarevagh
River in Moon's Bay. The same area holds larger than average
Glann Wood Point: There is good wet-fly fishing for trout
for 400 yards off the point and over the extensive shallows
north-westwards. Particularly good area for mayfly dapping.
Salmon can be taken on the fly as well as on the troll. It
is possible, with great care, to bring a boat between the
rocks and the north-west shore of Glann Wood.
Glynn's Bay and Back of Foorannagh: This is an extensive bay
with an island in the middle. Good trout fishing from March
onwards. Good mayfly hatches and olives with Spent-Gnat
fishing on suitable evenings. It is not possible to navigate
between the island and the shore except in very high water
add there is a dangerous underwater rock 25 yards off shore
opposite Glynn's house.
Island off the Wood: Best suited to trolling for trout in
Derrymoyle River to Foorannagh Point to Sandy Island: Best
fished in a west or east wind. The fishing ground extends
out to and around Sandy Island and 150 yards east of it.
Good all season with duckfly hatch around Cormorant Rock and
mayfly all over. It is possible, with care, to navigate
between Cormorant Rock and the shore.
Barrusheen Shore: Can best be fly fished with a north or
south wind. Wet fly from April. Very good mayfly dapping
over wide area of the bay. There is very good trolling for
salmon close to the shore and salmon can be taken here on
Roeillaun: There is good fishing all around the shore but
the fishing is best along the wet and south shore. Good
The Shallows off the Island: These shallows extend between
Roeillaun and Inishdawee and back west for approximately 200
yards past Scoth Point. Prime duckfly fishing in March -
April. Good mayfly dapping. Excellent for salmon.
Inishdawee: The best fishing at Inishdawee is west to east
along the northern shore and 200 yards approximately out
past eastern point of the island. Good hatches of duckfly
and mayfly. Salmon can also be taken on the fly or by
trolling in this area and also in the gap between Scoth
Point and the island especially in a strong north-west wind.
Creeve Bay: Fishes best in a strong west wind due to its
sheltered position. It has olives and a good mayfly hatch
and fishes well to the dapped grasshopper and daddy as the
season progresses. Fishes well to wet flies in September.
The mouth of the bay between the point of Inishdawee and out
beyond the point of Creeve Island fishes very well for
salmon in June.
Oughterard Bay: This is a large bay with extensive fishing
shallows stretching two-thirds of the way to Inishanboe
Island. It gives excellent trout fishing to wet flies,
mayfly and dapping the grasshopper and daddy. Salmon lie all
over the bay and can be taken on trolled baits from the end
of May though June and early in July. It has numerous
dangerous underwater rocks, many of which are marked by iron
Carbry Island: Good trout shallows run from east to west on
each side of the island. There is a mayfly hatch. The
channel between this island and Malachy's Island holds pike.
Annaghcloon Point: The fishing grounds off this point run in
an east-west direction and very long drifts may be taken in
a suitable wind from this point up to and beyond Carbry
Island. It offers excellent wet-fly and mayfly fishing.
Salmon lie on the point.
Bog Bay: This is an excellent bay for trout and salmon in
season. It is very difficult to fish because of the numerous
shoals of dangerous underwater rocks.
Portacarron Bay: Unlike Bog Bay, this is a very safe fishing
area. There are some dangerous rocks close to the shore but
the remainder of the bay has a sand bottom stretching almost
half the way to Inishcash. A sand bar runs from off
Portacarron Point to Lee's Point. It has a mayfly hatch and
trout fishing can be very good right through to the end of
the season, both along the shore and on either side of the
sand bar. Salmon lie on the sand bar and on a line from the
big rock inside Lee's Point as far as Malachy's Island.
Malachy's Island: Fishes well for trout all round but best
on west and south-west shores where there are some dangerous
Inishcash: good wet-fly fishing all round and there is a
duckfly hatch on the eastern shore. The area south-east on
Inishcash is a noted pike-holding area.
Lee's Point: Good for trout and an excellent Salmon lie.
Lee's Point to Inishgaraun: Wet-fly fishing close in to
shore. Drifts farther off shore give good results to dapped
flies. There is a good salmon Lie from the western point of
Inishgaraun to Lee's boat quay.
Corrib View Bay (George's Bay): Bream shoal here in May and
June. No trout or salmon. Very narrow entrance from main
lough - shallow and difficult to navigate.
Inishgaraun: Mainly wet-fly fishing for trout along shore
with dapping productive off north-west shore. The channel
between the island and the mainland is navigable only at
high water. The shallow off the eastern point of Inishgaraun
is very light and should be given a wide berth - at least
150 yards - with an outboard.
Inishgaraun to Molly's Rock: Good wet-fly fishing for trout
south-east past Ard Point. Mayfly hatch.
The Long Shallow: This extensive shallow lies about ½ mile
north-east of Inishgaraun and extends for approximately 1
mile in a north-westerly direction. It offers good wet-fly
fishing, is productive to the dap at mayfly time and also to
the grasshopper and daddy. It is a good trolling area in
spring time. Local fishermen sometimes refer to it as 'The
Inchagoill and the islands to the south-east of same:
Inchagoill: This island and its neighbouring island,
Inishannagh, can be fished on all sides. It has a good
mayfly hatch. From the point of Burr westwards along the
northern shore and southwards to The Doe, with its two rocks
- one marked by a red bar, there is a sandy bottom and the
sand continues eastwards from the Doe to Kinneavy's Bay. A
narrow shallow, which is worth fishing in a suitable wind
runs southwards from Dinneavy's Bay to Ilaundalaur. The
shallows at Ishanagh extend over 200 yards in an east -
Islaunalaur: Good wet-fly fishing on all sides and wet-fly
and dapping on shallow to Inchagoill. Has a mayfly hatch.
Morgan's Island: Good wet-fly and dapping especially on
rocky western shore. Has mayfly hatch.
Illaunacloch: May be fished all round but the best drift is
over the shallows on the south-west shore for approximately
150 yards off shore. Good wet-fly fishing. Dapping can be
Bilberry Shallow: This shallow begins approximately 1,000
yards north of Bilberry Island and extends to a red stake
and for approximately 100 yards around the stake. The
fishing is most productive if the drop-off around the
shallow is trolled.
Bilberry Island: The fishing is best along the northern
shore. Fish wet-fly close in and dap in mayfly season.
Urkaunmore: Extensive shallow on northern shore. Fish close
to shore on western, southern and eastern shores. Good
dapping area. Troll on drop-off.
Bronteen Islands: This is a group of three islands. Good
wet-fly and dapping area and the fishing shallows extend for
approximately 600 yards to the north-east.
Inishanboe: The north-western shore and back by
south-western point are the most productive fishing grounds.
Very good mayfly hatch.
Urkaunbeg - Cussafuara - Inishool: The waters around these
islands offer very good trout fishing, both to wet-flies and
dapping. An extensive shallow runs westwards from the
islands to within approximately 500 yards of Inishanboe. The
whole area has a good mayfly hatch. This area should be
navigated with great care as rocks come close to the surface
in some places and there is only one narrow boat passage
between Inishool and Cussafuara. This passage is closest to
Maam River to Doorus to Scallop Island:
Castlekirk - Clagan Point - Drumsnauv Bay - Doon Wood: Good
trout fishing close to shore in north-west or south-east
Corker Bay: The bay can give excellent trout fishing
especially during the mayfly season. It is best fished
around the islands and out along the northern shore to
Farnaught Point. This shore and point are also excellent
salmon lies. Dapping is considered the most successful
method of fishing this bay. There are dangerous underwater
rocks off Farnaught point, south of Conor's Island and off
the point to Doon Wood.
Farnaught Bay: This area includes the water between
Farnaught Point and White Goat Island. Excellent trout water
with numerous shallows. Good hatches of duckfly, olives,
mayfly and sedges. It can be fished in all winds and is
equally good for wet fly or dapping. The deep water east of
the islands can also be dapped towards Tootoge Islands.
White Goat Island - Hut Bay: Excellent trout water. Good
mayfly catch. Fishes best in a west wind to wet flies or
dapped mayfly, daddy or grasshopper.
Hut Bay: Probably the best salmon lie in the lough. Trolling
baits is the most successful angling method.
Hut Bay to Cassidy's Point: Excellent for salmon along the
shore but not so good for trout.
Cassidy's Point - Schoolhouse Bay - The Caol: Excellent
trout water with good mayfly hatch. Schoolhouse bay to
Cassidy's Point is excellent salmon water. The Caol holds
large trout and is a very good wet-fly and dapping water,
especially in a strong west wind.
Illaunrua - Carraig Na gCallaigh - Black Rocks: Excellent
trout water with a prolific mayfly hatch and good hatches of
olives and duckfly. Trout respond well to all fishing
methods in this area.
Doorus Bay: This area offers very good trout fishing in any
wind, down to Cnoc Mor Shallow. It has a good duckfly and
excellent mayfly hatch, especially inside Roeillaun. The
Cnoc Mor Shallow fishes especially well in a south-west
Roeillaun - Cornamona River: This northern shore of Doorus
is all excellent trout grounds, both along the shore and
around and between the islands. It has all types of fly
hatches in season and Cassidy's Bay can be especially good
from early in the season.
Roeillaun to Bartragh Rock: Excellent trout drift in all
Kelly's Island to Needle Islands: Excellent trout drift.
Cinlush to Rusheen and all the Islands east to Smith Island:
This is all excellent trout water with good fly hatches in
Finillaun to Cornamona River Mouth: Good water for both
trout and salmon.
Cassidy's Bay via Vinlush to Black Rocks to Carrigeen Doree:
Excellent trout water and fishes well in all winds.
Cornamona River - Curry Point - Gibbon's Bay: Excellent
trout fishing grounds with a good mayfly hatch and also a
very good salmon lie.
Carrick Shore: This is the shoreline from Gibbon's Bay to
Caol park. It is all fished close to the shore with the
exception of the drifts, which run out to Illaunacric. It is
very good trout water and excellent for salmon.
Shallows off the Needles: The extensive shallows run from
the Needle Islands to with 300 yards of Creenillaun. It is
an excellent trout-holding area but seldom fished. It is
especially worth fishing in a north-west or south-east wind.
Inishdawee Shallows, Booey and Booeybeg: All very good trout
water, both over the shallows an around the islands.
Ashford Bay to Golden Bay: The trout fishing here is mainly
along the shoreline and around the islands. It is also a
good trolling area for salmon.
Golden Bay to Coal Park: Excellent salmon and some trout lie
along the shore.
Scallop Island: Good for trout along the shore especially
towards end of mayfly season.
Creenillaun, Ardillaun, Coad, Conor's Island, Sheegan: Same
as Scallop Island.
Carraghmore Point to Ashford Bay, Cong:
Inchiquin Bay: Excellent wet-fly and dapping area with a
very good stock of trout. It is relatively shallow all over
with some dangerous underwater rock. It has good hatches of
all types of fly life. It fishes well through the season and
is especially good March, April, May and September. It is
possible to drive and outboard motor through the gap in The
Causeway into Greenfields Bay.
Back of Inchiquin Island to Tanai Island: The fishing
grounds stretch from the red streamer marker on the
south-western point of Inchiquin Island all along the
north-western shore of the island to the northern point of
Tanai Island and beyond. This very extensive area holds an
excellent trout stock and some salmon. It fishes well
throughout the season and has good duckfly, mayfly, olive
and sedge hatches.
Curryskahan Island and the islands north-eastwards to
Shannawan Point, Ballycurrin Bay and Greenfields Bay: This
large expanse of water holds and excellent stock of trout.
It can all be fished with wet-fly or dap, with the exception
of the middle of Ballycurrin Bay, which is considered to be
too deep, with a maximum depth of 20 feet. The best fishing
is obtained along the shores of the islands and over the
shallows. It has good hatches of all types of fly common to
Corrib, it has exceptionally good duckfly fishing and also
gets a hatch of summer mayfly - Siphlonurus - in July and
August, which the trout sometimes feed on. This hatch occurs
along the shore south-east of Shannawan Point. On occasion,
trout feed freely on adult chironomids and spent gnat and on
such occasions the angler is advised to fish a dry Buzzer or
Spent Gnat as the occasion demands.
All of this area, with the exception of the middle of
Ballycurrin Bay, has numerous dangerous underwater rocks and
should be navigated with great care.
Inishboanagh and the Islands North to Inishmicatreer:
Another large area holding and excellent stock of trout. It
offers good wet-fly fishing and has an excellent mayfly
hatch. The whole area is very shallow and rocky and
difficult to navigate.
Ballynalty Bay: This relatively shallow bay always holds a
good stock of trout. It has and excellent duckfly hatch and
good hatches of olives and mayfly. It gives good fishing to
the dapped grasshopper and daddy from July and trolling can
also be productive. It has some dangerous underwater rocks
and access to this bay from the main lake is by a narrow
passage between rocks that form a reef across the mouth of
Inishmicatreer: The western and north-western shores hold a
good stock of trout. There are numerous dangerous underwater
rocks. Wet-fly fishing and dapping are equally productive.
It is possible to drive an outboard motor through the gap in
Castletown Bay: This bay is relatively deep in the centre -
maximum depth 20 feet approximately. It fishes best in a
west or north-west wind over the shallows and along the
shore. It has a good duckfly, mayfly and olive hatch.
Salthouse Bay: This shallow bay with its weedy bottom holds
a good stock of trout and usually fishes well from early
March. It fishes best on dark days in an east or west wind.
It has an excellent olive hatch and a good duckfly hatch
well in. There are numerous dangerous shallows in this bay.
Derry Point: Good fishing along the shore and around the
islands west to Holy Island.
Gortacurra and Lackafinna Bays: These bays hold a good stock
of trout. They have good duckfly and olive hatches and a
small mayfly hatch. The bays are very rocky and access to
them is very difficult from the main lake.
Ashford Bay: This is a rather deep bay, and the best of the
fishing is around the islands. It has good hatches of
duckfly, mayfly and olives and offers plenty of
opportunities for dry-fly fishing.
Ard Point, Carraghmore Point to Lime Island:
Ard Point - Mogan's Bay - Devenish Island: Excellent duckfly
fishing in March-April. Good wet-fly and dapping. Dry-fly
evening sedge fishing in season.
Birchall Bay, The Fuidges Island, Flynn Island, Goat Island,
Kid Island, Glat Island, Potatoe Island and Freheen Island:
This bay provides wet-fly fishing from the very start of the
season. The fishing here is at its best around mid-April
during duckfly hatches. The best drifts are from Ard to the
Fuidges and south and north of Goat and Kid Islands. It also
has a good mayfly hatch and Spent-Gnat fishing can often be
enjoyed along the sheltered shores north to Ard Point. It
also offers limited sedge fishing in late August and
September. Most of the water in this area is very shallow
and should be navigated with great care.
Rinnaknock to Carraghmore Point: This is a shallow, rocky
area holding a good stock of trout. It has numerous good
drifts for both wet-fly fishing and dapping. Fly hatches
include duckfly, olives, mayfly and sedges. Fishes well in
any wind, even when wind is blowing off shore.
Kenny's Bay: Fishes best in a west wind.
Rabbit Island - Goat Island - Kid Island: There are good
trout shallows to the north - north-west of Rabbit Island.
The rest of the fishing is scattered with areas of deep
water in between. It has duckfly, a good hatch of olives and
a fair mayfly hatch. The area north of Goat and Kid Islands
gives really excellent duckfly fishing.
Annaghkeen Bay: This bay holds a very good trout stock and
has hatches of duckfly, olives and some mayfly. Good drift
from Flynn Island to shores and up to Annaghkeen Point. Good
fishing to olives especially in a north wind.
Clydagh Point westwards to Annaghkeen Point: Good trout
area, well suited to wet-fly fishing and dapping. It has
duckfly, a good olive hatch, but the mayfly hatch is poor.
Good dapping area in July, August and September.
Corranellistrum Bay: Good wet-fly and dapping water similar
to Birchall Bay with a lot of shallows.
Collinamuck to Knockferry: Not a noted trout-fishing area.
Rather deep water. Best suited to dapping. Trout fishing
generally slow to wet flies except close to shore.
Clydagh Bay: Trout fishing is generally considered to be
slow in this bay but it can be good at times.
Clydagh Point, Clydagh Bay to Kilbeg Pier: Trout fishing is
generally slow in this area. Small hatch of duckfly, olives
and mayfly. Quite a dangerous area to navigate.
Murray's Bay, Lee's Island, Sedge Island, Wynn's Island,
Keelkill Bay: This vast area with its numerous islands and
reefs can provide excellent trout fishing to wet flies from
early in the season. It has a good duckfly hatch and is
probably at its best when the olives are hatching in May and
June. The most fruitful areas are Murray's Bay and eastwards
along the shore, the northern and south-eastern shores of
Lee's Island and the points and gaps between islands.
Keelkill Bay and around Wyn's Island and southwards along
the shore to Kelkill Point is a very good trout area.
Mountross Bay is very shallow and trout fishing is nil.
Salmon run north of Lee's Island and there are occasional
Galcarrick Island: There are good drifts from Galcarrick
Island to Keelkill Point and cloe in to all islands and over
the shallows in this area. It has a good duckfly hatch.
Olives are plentiful but the mayfly hatch is poor.
Burnthouse to Park Point: Fiarly good wet-fly fishing. This
area has a duckfly hatch. Olives are plentiful but the
mayfly hatch is poor.
Ballinduff Bay: This large limestone bay dotted with islands
holds the largest average size of trout in all the Corrib.
It has an average depth of 6 feet and is all suitable for
drifting. There are no duckfly hatches and the mayfly hatch
is sparse but it has good hatches of olives, reed smut and
sedges. It fishes best around the end of may and again in
July - August to a dapped Daddy or Grasshopper. It can be
very good when the perch fry are shoaling and trout will
take a Raymond, Green Peter or even a hackled Mayfly. The
bay also holds a big stock of large perch. Fly hatches are
about 10 days later than on Upper Corrib. The main channel
is up the middle and out towards Galcarrick Island where the
steamer track can be picked up. Some parts can be very
Lime Island - The Narrows, Friar's Cut:
Lime Island - Rabbit Point: Trolling is the most productive
fishing method in this area in the early season. Annaghdown
Bay has a duckfly hatch, as has the area between the The
Narrows and Rabbit Point and the mayfly hatch is both
sparser and later than on the Upper Corrib. This bay fishes
best on dark windy days. It holds excellent trout - average
2lb - and big perch. Dapping the Daddy and Grasshoper from
early July to September can be very productive. This area
also provides reasonable trolling for salmon during the
heavier runs of fish from March onwards. The salmon run is
from Muckrush Point, through the Narrows and Annaghdown Bay
to Lime Island.
Ower Bay: Very rocky and dangerous and holds a really
excellent stock of trout.
Rabbit Point - Fly Island - Moycullen Bay: This area holds
an excellent stock of trout. The open water is relatively
shallow and fishes well, as does the area among the numerous
rocks and islands. It has abundant hatches of duckfly,
various species of olives in large numbers and a sparse
mayfly hatch. It also has excellent hatches of Caenis in
June and very good sedge hatches. Moycullen Bay is little
fished due to the difficulty of navigating among the
Fly Island to Annagh Point: Holds an excellent stock of
trout and abundant fly hatches as above.
Litle Sca and Big Sca: Excellent trout water from Annagh
Point to the Sca Isalnds and beyond to the White Beacon.
Annagh Point - Friar's Cut: Exceptionally good hatches of
duckfly and olives occur at the mouth of the old river,
opposite the Friar's Cut and in the bay to the west of the
Friar's Cut. There are also good chironomid hatches here
from April to early June.
Friars' Cut to Sea: Exceptionally good trout-fishing area.
Friars' Cut to Cregg River: Holds exceptionally large trout,
but unfishable from June to end of season due to weed
Billybeg, Muckrush, Rabbit Point: From a line opposite the
Cregg River, west and north to Rabbit Point is a first-class
area for trout and for salmon in late May, June and July.