Fishing and Leisure
Fishing and Leisure at Lakeview Holidays self catering family holidays Galway
Lough Derg and the surrounding area is an ideal location for the Fishing and Leisure. Whatever the interest – fishing, boating, golf, country sports or bird watching – the area has something to offer.
The River Shannon, Lough Derg and its tributaries provide excellent waters for the angler. Lough Derg is world famous for its pike fishing and leisure. The Guinness Book of Records states that a 42kg pike was landed near Portumna in 1796. The fish was so long that when carried by two men over an oar its head and tail touched the ground. All the bays on the lake are ideal for pike fishing. While fishing from the shore will be successful, if one wishes to hook a larger specimen, boat fishing is recommended. Boats are available for hire at most towns and villages on the lake. It is recommended that local advise is sought on the best fishing locations and dangerous sections of the lake.
Lough Derg is famous for trout fishing during the mayfly season. Anglers congregate in the towns and villages on the Southern half of the lake, at Scarriff in particular, in search of the elusive brown trout. While the lake also has large stocks of bream and perch, anglers interested in serious coarse fishing are recommended to fish from the river bank north of Portumna. The stretch of water is fast becoming one of the premier coarse fishing locations in Europe, with visitors travelling from Britain and the continent to fish here. The western bank of the river offers best access.
Some of the tributaries of the lake are also rich in fish. The Kilcrow, Cappagh, Duniry and Coos rivers have good stocks of trout and various coarse fish. At Lough Atorick, 9km west of Woodford, there is ample opportunity to catch trout and course fish in an unspoilt wilderness region. The River Graney which flows through Scarriff is excellent for roach.
Lough Derg is a long established centre for yachting and watersports. Towns and villages on the lakeshore offer berthing and on-shore facilities. The advent of cruise companies in the 1970s has brought an international flavour to sailing.
Riding lessons and trekking are available at equestrian centres in the area. Treks are arranged on private land and through forests and other scenic areas. What better way to experience the natural beauty of the countryside than from the saddle.
The shooting enthusiast is also well catered for in the area. Woodcock and pheasant are plentiful while Lough Derg has an abundance of wild duck during the shooting season. It is advisable to hire a guide as many area, including sections of the lake are nature reserves in which shooting is not permitted.
The rugged terrain of Sliabh Aughty offers Hill walkers an exciting challenge. Routes to suit all, from novices to the most experienced, may be chosen, please see the map for more information on walking trails.