Lough Corrib is renowned for the quality of its wild brown trout and there is no other lake in Europe to compare with it. It is truly the envy of the angling world.
Local anglers traditionally troll the briceen (minnow) from the start of the season on February 15th and net some fine bags of fish. As the weather warms up, in March and April, the duckfly (a black chironomid) hatch peaks and trout can be taken on pupa and adult patterns. You can still troll the lake successfully during this period as well as and traditional wet fly fishing with a team of flies is also very successful. Duckfly and Olive fishing continues through April.
By May 5th the Mayfly, for which Lough Corrib is famous, is the primary quarry of the trout. Of there’s a good breeze the fishing can be outstanding, especially with the dapped natural fly and there is always the chance that you could latch onto the trout of a lifetime. Even salmon can find the mayfly irresistible. Lough Corrib has many moods as is clearly apparent from the photographs below!
Coarse Fishing in Connemara
If you prefer coarse fishing, pike must be you number one quarry. In the vicinity of Oughterard a series of seven lakes have been specifically developed with the coarse angler in mind. While perch and roach are the two most abundant coarse fish here, pike abound. One particular advantage of pike fishing is that the season never closes – and after the spawning, April is the prime time to make the most of their voracious appetite.
Maps, brochures and information are available and tackle can be purchased or hired from Camillaun Lodge.