The river Boyne and its tributaries offer some of the country’s finest river trout fishing. Most of the popular stretches are either privately owned or managed by fishing clubs but day tickets can be purchased for the various club stretches and usually work out at about €15.00 for a full day’s fishing.
It’s a beautiful river, steeped in history, with many attractive towns and historical attractions along its length.
All of the angling clubs have their own rules and can give advice on parking and access points. Fly fishing is the order of the day and dry fly in particular during the summer months. Good trout fishing locations can be found around Slane, Navan, Trim and Longwood. Salmon fishing is also available at certain locations, most often downstream of Navan.
For the boat fishing enthusiast, Lough Lene offers excellent fly fishing for stocked rainbow trout and wild browns. Day tickets are available from the village shop in Collinstown
Wild brown trout fishing from a boat is also available in Loughs Sheelin, Owel and Ennel. Boat hire and guides are available.
Pike and Coarse Angling
Within an hour’s drive there are plenty of small and medium sized lakes that offer good fishing for pike and coarse fish. Many have good parking and bank fishing opportunities. Some of them hold large specimens of various species. Most of these lakes offer free fishing, but some may be under club management so check locally.
Whitewood Lake, Lough Brackan, Mentrim Lakes, Corstown Lake and Ballyhoe Lakes are located quite close together near the village of Drumconrath. All offer parking and good bank fishing. Other options nearby include Ervey lake near Kingscourt and Castle, Drumkeary and Skeagh lakes near Balieborough. Castle lake is a scenic spot with a good car park and nice lakeside walk. All of these lakes can offer good coarse fishing from April to October and pike fishing year-round. Most have good, solid fishing platforms and decent parking.
Lough Ramor is a large lake of over 800 hectares just beside the town of Virginia. It offers excellent coarse fishing from various shoreline points and pike and trout fishing from a boat.
The nearby Royal Canal in County Meath can provide fantastic sport for all species of coarse fish in a wonderful rural setting. There are easy access points along its length including at Ferns Lock, Longwood and Hill of Down.
The mouth of the river Boyne offers opportunities to fish for sea bass and occasional sea trout. The beaches north and south of the Boyne estuary offer shoreline angling for various species including bass, flatfish, codling and dogfish. At Clogherhead there is rock and pier fishing for various species.
Book a boat fishing trip or fishing lessons
To book a guided boat fishing trip or for more information about fishing in the local lakes and rivers contact Chris at Go Fishing Ireland.