Angling info

“The River Barrow and canal sections hold excellent stocks of roach, rudd, bream, skimmers, roach-bream hybrids, rudd-bream hybrids, perch, dace and tench. Each year, many coarse fish to specimen size are recorded from this fantastic venue”

If you are used to crowded rivers then you are in for a treat. The vast variety and quality of fishing in Ireland makes it the perfect destination for your angling holiday.

 The River Barrow in particular offers excellent pike fishing, along with trout and coarse fishing on a catch & release basis. Many locals use small boats for spinning but plenty of bankside fishing stations are available. Ask in your B&B or the local fishing tackle shops for advice (listed below).

angling on the river barrow, spinning, pike fishing,
Angling on the river barrow, spinning for pike at Ballytiglea – photo James Burke

Do I need a licence to fish in Ireland?
While currently no licence is needed for trout, pike and coarse fishing in the Republic of Ireland, a rod licence is required in Northern Ireland. In both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, licences are required for salmon and sea trout fishing. Local Regulations are posted at vrious points along the river. Get an online salmon fishing licence here.

pike fishing, river barrow, ireland

Large numbers of Dace introduced in recent years have led to monster pike, gorged on dace fry. 30lb pike are not unusual around the Goresbridge / Borris area, according to the locals. River Barrow fishing info is linked here.

Trout fishing
Good trout fishing can be enjoyed at a number of locations on the river and its tributaries. The area behind the Dolmen Hotel in Carlow has enhanced fishing in this stretch. Between Goresbridge and Graiguenamanagh and at Milford the fishing can be very good and trout of up to 2lbs can be caught. Below the weir in St. Mullins the trout are small (.5lb) but plentiful.

Fishing Tackle

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Other websites:

Read Fishing on the River Barrow – “Six species in five hours fishing” – an Irish Angler’s world

River Barrow Piker – Pike fisherman’s diary

An Irish Angler’s World