Castle Dargan is located in the heart of the North West’s fishing grounds providing numerous angling opportunities for both fresh and coarse water anglers and boating experinces for all.
Ewing’s Sea Angling and Boat Charters
Ewing’s offer a variety of day out packages catering for everyone, from kids to grandparents! Please see some sample Sligo Boat Trip Ideas below or click here for even more details www.sligoboatcharters.com but they will be happy to customise a day out to suit your requirements. Ewing’s Sea Angling and Boat charters offers a special six hour party trip rate for Hens or Stags also which can include a few hours fishing or seal watching, followed by a meal at the Beach Bar or a drink/bbq on Coney Island (times dependant on tides).For more info contact 086 891 3618 or visit www.sligoboatcharters.com.
Coney Island Taxis
hop onboard the M.V. Sea Star or M.V. Dalemoor for a short water taxi ride to Coney Island. Here people generally like to walk the island, visit the fairy forts, famine structures and the pub or go swimming on the secluded beach to the island’s rear. A lot of groups bring a bbq or a picnic to make the day extra special. Some groups go on the quest to find “St. Patricks Wishing Chair”, or the remains of a washed up whale on the north side of the island.
This historic island was founded in the 6th Century but abandoned in 1948, and contains a variety of sights in its’ monastic settlement ranging from bee-hive huts to cursing stones. Other ecclesiastical buildings which remain visible within its boundaries include a stone roofed oratory, two churches, a clochan and an old schoolhouse. This island is one of Sligo’s top historic destinations, and another great place for a bbq or a swim on the shore!
Lough Adoon: This Lake is owned by the North Western Regional Fisheries Board and has an excellent stock of wild free rising Brown Trout. Permits are available and there are two boats for hire on the lake. Restrictions such as fly only are in place. Booking can be made by contacting Mrs Martin on 071-9164989.
Colgagh Lake: This lake is situated off the Sligo to Dromahair road (R286) and holds stocks of good sized Brown Trout. There are boats on the lake and it may be possible to obtain the use of these privately owned boats. The lake is free fishing and can be fished from the shore. However some parts are very soft and care should be taken when fishing from the southern shoreline in particular.
Lough Gill: Holds excellent stocks of Pike, Perch, Bream and Roach. There are also good stocks of game fish i.e. Salmon and Trout present with Sea Trout in the Lake although in relatively small numbers. The fishing on this lake is free but it should be noted that the entire system is closed for Salmon fishing including catch and release. There are good stretches of shoreline to fish off while it may be possible to hire a boat on the lake. There are coarse fish to specimen size in the lake.
Glencar Lake/Drumcliffe River: Glencar Lake and the Drumcliffe River offer the angler some excellent Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing. Although there are occasional Spring Salmon running the system the best fishing is later in the year with the Sea Trout and Salmon more prominent from mid June on. There are boats for hire on the lake and the Drumcliffe River has good access along the riverbank and again you should contact the board for updated angling information.
Ballisodare Salmon Fishery: This is one of the top rod fisheries in the country and permits to fish are available from the club. Angling restrictions and the prohibition of certain bait types are in place and enquiries should be made when booking fishing on the system. The Fishery office can be contacted on 071-9130513
Unshin River: This river holds a good stock of Brown Trout as well as Pike and Perch. Salmon run the river after passing through Ballisodare. Regulations regarding Salmon fishing are in place but there are no restrictions on fishing for Brown Trout, while bag limits on coarse fish are also in place. Again it is advisable to get further information before fishing the system.
Lough Arrow: A predominantly Brown Trout fishery but with stocks of Pike and perch. There are byelaws in place regarding trolling on this lake and enquiries should be made prior to fishing. There are boats for hire from several outlets on the lake.
Lough Bo: This lake is managed by the N.W.R.F.B and stocked with Brown Trout. A permit is required to fish the lake and there is a boat for hire both of which can be bought locally. Bag limits apply are again information can be got when purchasing permit.
Ballymote Area: Templehouse Lake. Coarse fish including Pike, Perch and Bream. Access is restricted and although the lake has no permit fishing the land surrounding the lake is part of Templehouse Estate.
Owenmore River: This river flows from Templehouse Lake and merges with the Owenbeg and Unshin rivers to form the Ballisodare River. This river holds good stocks of Pike, Perch, Bream and Eel. There are numerous access points quite close to the various roads that run along or cross the system. Any local map will show access locations and further information is available form the N.W.R.F.B offices in Ballina.
Corrigeencor Lake: Approx 5 miles from Dromahair on the Manorhamilton road. Fishing is free on this lake however the local angling club hold competitions on the lake at various times of the year and it may be useful to contact the club as they also have fishing on the Bonet river (Permit Payable).
Bonet River Dromahair: This river has stocks of Salmon, Trout, Pike, Perch etc but the fishing rights are owned by various stakeholders and it would be necessary to enquire locally. Again the local club can advise on ownership of the sections you may be interested in. Ther is a catch and release policy with Salmon and Sea Trout over 40cm up until May 11th, from then until the end of the season there is an allowable kill on the system. This is in place to protect the endangered Spring Salmon in the system.
Note: For further information you can www.irishfisheries/sligo.ie