Fishing at the Shannon

Shannonview Selfcatering is ideally located close to Lough Derg, the lake formed by the Shannon. Kilgarvan Quay (10 minutes by foot or 2 minutes by car) is a small marina where guests can fish from the shore or take a lakeboat into the lake. There is also a floating fishing stand at Mota Quay, a very short distance from the house where you can fish easily without having to rent a boat. We can leave 2 fishing rods at the house free-of-charge if required. There is an additional fridge/freezer in the garage which can be used for storage of bait etc. There is plenty of space to store wet gear, shoes etc. 

No licence is needed for trout, pike and coarse fishing in the Republic of Ireland, licences are only required for salmon and sea trout fishing. 

Another good fishing spot is Portumna, 15 minutes by car, a well known place for coarse fishing. There is a good bait shop in Portumna where all necessary items for angling can be bought.  Portumna is located on the River Shannon at the Northern end of Lough Derg in Co Galway. This is a prime coarse angling centre renowned for its quality angling with specialist operators who are geared to cater for angling tourists.

Portumna offers good fishing waters which have a good track record. There are several prime angling hotspots, a number which are official match stretches located on the river Shannon itself and the Northern Shores of Lough Derg. On the river there are two stretches up and downstream of Portumna, known locally as the lower 'town stretches' or Rogers Island and upper ESB stretch called Fairyhill. On the Galway bank farther upriver there is the Salmon Run and the Old Sheebeen Stretch which are back to back with a shared access road. On the County Tipperary bank there are a couple of stretches, Milne's of Ballymacegan Friars Lough a few kms away near Lorrha village offers further angling possibilities for the angler. ( Friar's Lough - permission is required to fish here).

Spring fishing can be brilliant as shoals of Roach and Hybrids leave the vast waters of Lough Derg, move upstream into the river around Portumna. From June through to late October the river returns to normal with a more even spread of species, including some Bream. Access is excellent with many natural bank swims.

There is public access from the bridge at Portumna with adequate car parking facilities. Anglers have to cross a footbridge and walk a few hundred meters down stream to locate the top 15 swims. More recently a new access road from the swimming pool area in Portumna Bay on Lough Derg now provides access to the lower section of the river into Rogers Island where there is an angling information board and gate access to peg numbers 15 to 40, where there are parking bays.
NB: The gate into the venue is only open at the following times April 1st – October 31st from 8am sharp and closed at 8pm sharp daily.

 For more information, please see the website 

Note: While we are not a specialized angling provider, we will do our best to help out with any information our guests are looking for in connection with angling

Fishing Boat Hire (Portumna): Mobile Tel 087 3121595 Landline 090 9759596

Hire of fishing boat/equipment with fishing guide: Mal McCormack, Tel 087 4212205 or  Facebook theloughdergpikehunter