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Angling & Sea Fishing

Tuna Fishing in Waterville

Sea Fishing

If you wish to add variety to your fishing or the summer heat is too over-powering, then a days fishing on the sea is recommended. There is excellent sea fishing from the shore or boat with a large variety of fish including Shark.Many records for the heaviest types of fish are held in our waters and Valentia is a noted sea fishing station.

Tuna and Game Fishing

Tuna is brought to these waters by the Gulf Stream along with other ""Game" fish. Hire a boat and experience the thrill of catching these magnificent fish. Nothing finer at the end of the day, than to feast on the day's catch.

Shore Fishing

There are many parts of Ballinskelligs Bay which are suitable for beach, rock or surf fishing. Flatfish, Ray, Dogfish, Tope, Mackerel, Wrasse, Bull Huss, Pollack are just some of the varieties caught from the shore while Bass are readily taken and this can even be accomplished on a fly, an experience rarely forgotten.

Fishing in Waterville

Boat Fishing

Boats are available taking parties of up to eight anglers. There is a plentiful supply of all types of inshore fish but strong tackle is recommended as some fish run into championship sizes. All tackle can be supplied.

River Angling

River angling for salmon and trout can be arranged

Lake Angling

Lake angling available on Lough Currane. Fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Boat, Ghillies and tackle for hire.

Waterville Fishery

There are two main systems:

The Cummeragh River , with it's five upper loughs, Derriana, Namona, Cloonaghlin, Na hUisce and Coppal, feeding the main Cummeragh River which flows into Lough Currane, (17 miles in circumference), before entering the sea by a short river. All these loughs contain Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout. Higher in the hills there are numerous smaller loughs, rarely fished, containing mainly small Brown Trout.

The lnny River , is a useful sized spate river some 15 miles in length which supports a good run of Salmon and Sea Trout from June onwards.


Salmon fishing opens on the 17th January and closes on the 30th September. There are a good run of spring fish with an average weight of 11 lbs. although fish over 15 lbs. are not uncommon. The largest fish caught on a fly was 32 lbs. An unusual feature is that these fish may be caught by a small fly on a floating line from the opening day, although many are taken on Rapallas, Toby spoons and other baits.


The system is noted for its large Sea Trout, with over 70% of the Irish specimen' fish (over 6 lbs.) being taken from these waters. The season opens on the 14th February and closes on the 12th October. This is one of the few fisheries where Sea Trout are mainly caught during the day.


The Brown Trout fishing opens on the 14th February and closes on the 12th October. The bigger fish are caught in Lough Currane and Derriana. The hill loughs with their impressive scenery produce large bags of small fish which make them ideal initiating young boys and girls into this fascinating sport.

Laugh Currane

This is the largest laugh on the system and is virtually the first pool on the Cummeragh River, (2,500 acres) and it has an unhindered access up a short 1/4 mile of river. There is no netting at the mouth. The lough is about 33/4 miles long and just under 2 miles at its widest. It is predominantly shallow, intersected by numerous islands, the largest being Church Island where there is a church and bee-hive dwellings dating back to the sixth century.

The main fishing takes place on this lough which is free. The fish are scattered over the whole area although there are specific areas for fly fishing for Salmon.

Gillies are available providing boat and engine. Due to their experience and companionship better catches are usually obtained. There are many boats and engines that are available for hire for the experienced, but care is advised due to the rocky nature of the laugh.

Laugh Derriana

This is the largest and perhaps the most beautiful of the upper lakes. It is2 miles long and about a mile wide, and is at the head of the Cummeragh system. The shallow shore line gives the best fishing for sea trout and brown trout especially along the north shore beneath the woodland. Salmon are distributed throughout. To fish this lough is truly an experience.

Fishing is by a boat and available by ticket.

Laugh Cloanaghlin

There is a sense of awe about this lough, as from its open shallows where the river flows out, it sweeps into a narrow arm defended by steep mountains and it is dominated by a large wooded island. It is about 11/2 miles long and it has only been lightly fished in recent years, but in suitable weather it is noted for producing large bags of sea trout. There are also Salmon.

Fishing is from boats and available by ticket.

Laugh Namana

This lough lies immediately below Cloonaghlin separated by a river 250 yds. in length. It is a lough of almost equal length and breadth and has an area of about 100 acres. It is totally different from the other laughs as it is bounded by gently sloping moorland and is consequently shallow over its whole area. The fish are widely distributed and the water is easy to fish. Although it is a small laugh there are regularly good catches of sea trout and salmon are not uncommon. The brown trout can be a nuisance. If the scenery is not as spectacular, this does not apply to the fishing.

Fishing is from boats and available by ticket.

Laugh Na hUisce

This is the smallest of the upper lakes with sheer mountains on its south side allowing cascading streams to fall vertically into the depths of the waters. It is shallow on its north bank and this is where the fish are taken. Do not underestimate this lough by the rocky streams that flow out of it. It has produced in recent yuears a sea trout over 10 lbs.

Fishing is from boats and available by ticket.

Laugh Coppal

This lough has its own river system, where 1 mile of the Coppal River flows directly into Lough Currane. The lough 3/4 mile long and about 1/2 a mile wide is surrounded by a most interesting rock formation on three of its sides, whilst to the west there are views over Ballinskelligs Bay and the Atlantic beyond. Sunset on this lough is a moment to be treasured. The water has a character of its own and abounds with Salmon and Sea Trout especially from June onwards, but it is known that Salmon enter this lough in the early spring. It is approached by a scenic route along the south shore of Lough Currane.

Fishing is from boats and available by ticket.

Laughs, Toareenbog, Adoohig, Nambrackdarrig, Caomeatheun and Coamroaanig

These are all hill loughs containing there own species of Brown Trout that rise freely to a fly. Most are approached by short walks along tracks over the hills.

Fishing is usually free and from the bank. You will come home with a sense of achievement.

Cummeragh River

This is a spate river passing through moorland which connects the upper lakes to Lough Currane and where salmon and sea trout pass in large numbers during a flood. If there is a reasonable level of water good catches of Salmon can be expected especially in the Summer and Autumn.

The river is divided into beats and it is available by ticket.

lnny River

This is a seperate river system entering the sea about 2 miles to the north of Waterville alongside the golf course. It has a long estuary where tidal fishing for Sea Trout can be experienced in the evening. The river which rises in the mountains passes mainly through pastureland and woodland, which in turn gives a large variety of fishing along the 10 miles of its meandering banks on both sides. Salmon run from May onwards, and providing that water conditions are right, this river can produce large numbers of Salmon. There are also Sea Trout but these are generally smaller than those in the lakes except possibly in the spring. The water rises and falls quickly.

The river is divided into beats and is available by ticket.

Types of Fishing

Salmon - Fly

1 4ff. -1 5ff. fly rods in the spring with 1 2ff. -1 3ff. fly rods in the summer; even strong trout rods will suffice. Floating lines with 2 flies on the loughs and a single fly in the rivers.

  • Flies
  • Spring 4- 8s, Summer 6- 1 Os.
  • Hairy Mary - Blue Charm - Thunder and Lightening - Logie - Black,
  • Silver, Blue Doctor - Shrimp Fly - Stoats Tail - Garry Dog. Single or
  • Double Hooks or Waddington flies.

Salmon - Spinning

Trolling for Salmon is usual in the spring with strong rods. Rapallas - Toby Spoons - Golden Sprats and Kynoch Killers. In the Summer and Autumn lighter tackle is adequate and a Mepps or Kerry Spoon is very effective in the river.

Sea Trout

Usually caught during the hours of daylight in the loughs, from adrifting boat, but side casting or traIled flies on a pair of oars is very effective. The first Sea Trout are generally caught in February with the larger and better fighting fish being taken in the earlier part of the year. It is advised to have plenty of backing line when fishing for Sea Trout when 3- 5lbs. are not uncommon.

Size 8- 12 flies with 6-8 lbs. leader with two droppers fished on a floating or slow sinking line.

  • Flies
  • Bibio - Mallard Claret and Jay
  • Raymond - Watsons Fancy
  • Connemara Black - Golden Olive -
  • Peter Ross - Alexandre
  • Bog Fly -Straw Grouse
  • Bloody Butcher, are the usual but other varieties also succeed.


Waterville has a long sandy strand but within a short drive especially towards Kenmare, there are many secluded coves, the best known being Derrynane, which is unique with its small harbour and islands. Sea trips to the Skellig Rocks are readily available.