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Trout Fishing Ireland

Fishing for trout in Ireland offers the angler a vast selection of rivers and loughs.  With over 25,000km of river fishing and close to 500,000 acres of loughs to fish. Many of these rivers or loughs rarely see any anglers and therefor add to the quality of trout fishing available in Ireland.

To book your trout fishing holiday in Ireland – contact us on info@ifish.ie.


Licence are not required when fishing for trout in Ireland, however licences are required to fish  the Loughs Agency waters in Louth and Donegal. Fishing in the Republic of Ireland, permits for the best waters usually cost between €10 and €20 per day.

Most of the large western limestone loughs offer free fishing for brown trout – Lough Mask, Lough Corrib, Lough Derg, Lough Carra, Lough Conn and Lough Ree . Some waters are leased to angling clubs or associations..

Please adhere to the bag limit – catch and release if possible please!.


Most trout waters open during 15 February and  1 March and close on 30 September  with some exceptions that close on various dates between 15 September  and 12 October . Other clubs may have their own guidelines on starting and closing dates.

Brown Trout

Brown Trout

Species: Brown Trout

Scientific name: Salmo trutta.


The brown trout is a native Irish species, and the most widely distributed freshwater fish in Ireland. The brown trout gets its common name from the typical olive-green, brown, or golden brown hue of its body. The belly is white or yellowish, and dark spots, sometimes encircled by a pale halo, are plentiful on the back and the sides. Spotting can be found on the head and the fins along the back, and rusty red spots also occur on the sides. There is a small adipose fin, sometimes with a reddish hue, ahead of the tail. Build varies according to feeding.  Numerous spots on gill-covers and cheeks, not regularly arranged. Tail-fin usually not spotted, but spots may be present, especially on the upper lobe, in some large lake trout. Size very variable, from 2 oz. to over 20 lb. according to habitat and food supply.


Limestone rivers and lakes produce larger fish which can vary from all silver to gold with numerous black and red spots. In more acid waters trout tend to be smaller and darker. In streams and rivers, they are wary and elusive fish that look for, hiding in undercut banks, overhanging vegetation, turbulence on the surface, rocks, and deep pools.

Brown trout are carnivores and consume aquatic and terrestrial insects, worms, crustaceans, fish. In small streams their diet may be largely insects, but in larger flows or where there is plenty of baitfish, it also includes assorted small fish. Insects form the basis of the trout`s diet with all stages from larva to adult being taken at some time during the season, minnows and other small fish are also taken.

Feeding Habits

Like most predatory fish, Pike use all of their senses to track down prey and food items. Their eyesight is exceptional and provides a degree of binocular vision. This is extremely useful when taking prey at lightning speeds, when both distance and timing separate success from a failed hunt. They also possess a keen sense of smell, used to locate and scavenge dead and rotting fish in the depths. The Pike is also sensitive to tiny vibrations in the water, which could indicate a fish in distress. This should be born in mind by the clumsy footed angler as he treads the banks.

Where to find

It thrives in rivers and lakes of all types, from small mountain streams to broad limestone rivers such as the Boyne or the lower River Liffey and the famous limestone lakes of the west


Fly fishing

When fishing the Irish loughs, mainly wet and dry flies are used – best and most popular flies include Bumbles, Dabblers, Goslings, Mayflies and Daddy-long-legs.

Dapping is also still popular - to fish with a natural or artificial fly on a floss silk line so that the wind makes the fly bob on and off the surface of the water. On rivers nymph and dry fly patterns are used.


This method is used from small streams to the large loughs. Fishing streams / rivers, small spinners or lures are fished up-stream. On the loughs trolling delivers large amounts of big fish.

Worming / Bait

The trout’s diet is varied, they are also very opportunistic and will sometimes take anything. Worms, maggots and sweet corn are popular baits to use.


Specimen weight: 10Lb

Record weight: 26Lb 2oz


Specimen weight:5Lb

Record weight:20Lb

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Species: Rainbow Trout

Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus mykiss


The Rainbow’s colour varies according to its habitat. In acid waters, greenish on the back, with a pinkish colour from the gill cover and along the side. In alkaline waters, rainbows are more silvery and the bar along the side is, at most, slightly pink. Black spots only, absent from cheek and gill-cover and also, for the most part, along the mid-line of the sides. In Irish waters, grows to, about 10 lb.

Rainbow trout is a Pacific salmonid species that was first brought to Ireland in 1890s. Fast-growing and tolerant of crowding in captivity, they are now widely used around the world for fish farming and restocking of angling fisheries. Rainbow trout have a prominently spotted tail and often a wide band of red, pink or mauve along the flanks.

Where to find:

Rainbows are also found in Ireland, the majority restricted to small ‘put and take’ fisheries. They are fast growing; for example they have been recorded growing from 4oz to 4lbs in just two years. They are short lived, living for 3 or 4 years although triploids (sterile females) can live for 7 to 10 years.

“Put and take” Fisheries are located all over Ireland (Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny, Cork, Mayo, Laois, Clare, Offaly and Meath) – for a complete listing please contact us for further details.

Please adhere to the bag limit – catch and release if possible please!

Please always adhere to the following:

When afloat it is a legal requirement to always wear a buoyancy aid / lifejacket for safety

Access and Country Code

Irish waters are usually reached by passing through farmland and anglers are generally allowed this access by courtesy of local farmers on recognition of the Country Code. If in doubt please ask the farmer for permission to enter onto the land to fish the water.

Country Code:

  • Respect farmland and the rural environment.
  • Do not interfere with livestock, crops, machinery or other property.
  • Guard against all risks of fire, especially near forests and during dry spells.
  • Leave all farm gates as you find them
  • Always keep children under close control and supervision.
  • Avoid entering farmland containing livestock. Your presence can cause stress to the livestock & even endanger your own safety.
  • Do not enter farmland if you have dogs with you, even if on a leash, unless with the permission of the landowner.
  • Always use gates, stiles or other recognised access points and avoid damage to fences, hedges and walls.
  • Take all litter home.
  • Take special care on country roads.
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise.
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
  • Take heed of warning signs – they are there for your protection.

To book your trout fishing holiday – contact us on info@ifish.ie.


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