Galway Angling

The River Shannon continues to be the lifeblood of some of Ireland’s greatest angling and Portumna is the ideal location to explore the Lower Shannon and Lough Derg.


River fishing involves famous stretches such as the Salmon Run and the Sheebeen upstream of Portumna or the prolific town waters that includes Roger’s Island. Lough Derg provides a change of pace and is him to monster bream, hybrids, roach and pike. Fishing is especially exciting during May, June then September, where huge shoals of silver fish are on the move.

The Moycullen lakes range in size from 6 to 400 acres. The Western Regional Fisheries Board has developed a number of them to incorporate quality fishing stands, stiles and foot bridges.

Stands were specially built for disabled anglers along Oliver’s Shore at Ballyquirke Lake and one at Ross Lake. With the newly created facilities there are now several hundred ‘swims’ available at the lakes.

Some six miles from Tuam, Co. Galway, Lough Aclaureen is a small but impressive water holding, roach, tench, and bream. It has 14 excellent fishing stands. There is parking 200 yards from the shore and a walkway thereafter over fairly rough forest grounds. The Western Regional Fisheries Board built the fishing stands and hopefully will improve on better access. The lough has directional signs along the road between Tuam and Kilmaine.

Both Clare Lake and Mayfield Lake, beside the town of Claremorris, hold bream to several lb, as well as some perch and pike. Lough na Nannagh holds bream, perch and pike, whilst Summerville Lake at Moylough has rudd and a good stock of pike.