Fishing in Mayo

Ballina, Mayo on the banks of the famous River Moy Salmon Fishery, probably the best salmon fishing in the world!

But maybe you are not a salmon or estuary fisher – then you will be spoiled for choice with our lake and inland river fishing options.

Here are some details to help you decide.

The River Moy

The Moy has long been famous as Ireland’s premier Salmon river and it offers a wide variety of quality angling to suit all tastes and budgets. Most of the main Moy channel, and some of its larger tributaries provide excellent spring Salmon and grilse fishing with both fly and bait. Sea trout are also abundant in the Moy.

The main Moy channel is deep and up to forty meters wide in the middle and lower reaches. Huge numbers of Salmon are landed here each season. The average annual Salmon rod catch on the Moy over the last ten years is a staggering 7,362 fish. The famous Ridge Pool alone has produced up to 2,660 Salmon to rod and line in a single season.

Loughs Conn & Cullin

The main run of spring fish enters Lough Conn from the end of March and continues right through April. The grilse run begins in May and continues into July. Some fish are taken on fly, generally by anglers fishing for trout, but the majority are taken by trolling baits. The most popular types of bait are Copper and Silver Spoons, Tobys and Devon Minnows. Even tube flies can be successful on occasions.

Trout fishing on Lough Cullin generally starts around 17th March with the trout feeding voraciously on freshwater shrimp, snails and hoglice. Given some mild weather, large Chironomids, colloquially known as Duckfly, appear. Trout feed on all stages of Duckfly hatches. The most successful flies at this time are Soldier Palmer, March Brown, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, Blae and Black, Fiery Brown, Claret Bumble and Claret Dabbler.

Charter a Fishing Trip on the River Moy

Fishing and river cruises on the Moy“Mo Chara”
Skippered by Mikey Kilcullen

Telephone: + 353 87 2446902

Fully licenced by the Department of the Marine to carry 12 passengers, with toilet facilities and seated cabin space which always ensure comfort in our beautiful “soft Irish weather”.