Ireland as a country is renowned for it's well endowed rivers both in terms of it's game and coarse fishing.  Salmon, trout, pike, and other coarse fish, are to be found here at their best.  The village of Lawrencetown can act as an excellent base camp for those anglers interested in either form of fishing.  There is a wide variety of accommodation available that will suit all tastes and pockets.   For those less interested in the sport of fishing the village has a variety of other activities and attractions nearby. The purpose of this page is to provide a simple yet detailed guide to help both the beginner and advanced  fisherman enjoy this excellent pastime.  At the start there is an outline of the various types of species available in the Lawrencetown area with a brief description of each fish.  This is followed by a detailed local map of the River Shannon and Suck showing the best places to fish for the differing species.  Finally a section outlines useful information for the visiting angler - game laws, relevant phone numbers and addresses. 

          Coarse angling tends be organised around 'centres' usually towns and villages, in which experienced caterers specialise in looking after angling tourists. There is no state licence required for coarse angling. There are many lakes and rivers within reach of a centre and local knowledge is easily obtained. Therefore this information only serves as a general introduction until this guide is completed.

          To succeed at salmon fishing an in depth knowledge of the river and the lies of the fish are essential.  The key here is experience which can only come through repeated visits over an number of years or the use of a local guide.

Species Available around Lawrencetown

Bream (Abramis Brama):

          Common bream have deep narrow bodies and can swim through weedy or reedy shallow water.  They have long dorsal fins which are set well back near their blackish, deeply forkrd tails.  Their mouths are small and tend to be turned down.  Immature bream are silver but as they get older they become a more dark golden olive colour.  When the bream are fully mature they have dark backs and greenish bronze flanks with white undersides. 

Eels (Anguilla anguilla):

          Perhaps the most distintive looking fish around, the eel is snake-like in appearance and bears little resemblance to any other freshwater fish.  It is generally brown or black on the upper surface and white underneath.  The sides tend to be yellow or silver. 


          The name 'Hybids' is used in Ireland to refer to rudd / bream crosses.  To identify, the two things to examine are how the mouth is shape and the colour of the fins.  A rudd with what appears to be brown or blackish fins instead of bright reddish ones, or a bream that has a reddish hue on it's fins are more than likely hybrids.  Hybrids reach good weights and are therefore a popular target for native Irish coarse anglers. 

Perch (Perca fluviatilis):

          The perch is a hunter of smaller fish and it's colouring of light green with several black stripes assists it in camouflaging itself as it lies in wait among weeds and reeds.  It has a small tail the lower part of which is red as is it's lower fins.  It has a large mouth with relatively small teeth. 

Pike (Esox lucius):

          Among the Irish angler this is the most popular coarse fish species.  The fish tends to be larger in Ireland than on the continent.  The body of the pike is dominated by yellow and green colours.  Again the mouth is large and the many teeth are razor sharp.  The dorsal and anal fins are grouped close to the tail.  The body is long and narrow which makes it's movement through the water quick and efficient. 

Roach (Rutilus rutilus) 

          The roach has similar colouring to the Rudd (see below) the major difference being that the flanks of the roach are silvery.  It has a greenish back like the rudd and the large scales.  This fish has red eyes and a orange-red fins.  Like other bottom feeders the upper lip protrudes slightly.

Rudd (Scardinius Erythrophthalmus):

         The rudd has a beautiful golden bronze colouring with red fins.  The mouth has it's lower lip protruding to quite a degree.  The dorsal fin is set well behind the front of the pelvic fins and there is a sharp redge or keel between the pelvic and anal fins. 

Tench (Tinca tinca): 

          The tench can be found in varying colours ranging from a light yellow to black.  Their eyes tend to be small with red irises.  The fins are round in shape and quite large.  There is a slightly concave shape to the tail.  The mouth has an upper lip which is larger than the lower and it also has two tiny barbels at it's corners. 


Where to Fish

          The map outlines where to fish for the above coarse species in the rivers Suck and Shannon 

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  1. River Suck, Behind High Street. Bream, perch, tench, rudd, trout, pike and eels.
  2. River Suck, Pollboy, Behind Square D Factory. Bream, perch, rudd, pike and eels.
  3. River Suck, Tulrush. Bream, perch, hybrids, rudd, pike and eels.
  4. River Suck, Culliagh. Bream, hybrids, perch, tench, rudd, pike and eels. 
  5. River Suck, Correen. Bream, perch, tench, rudd, pike and eels.
  6. River Suck, Creggan. Bream, hybrids, perch, tench, rudd, pike and eels.
  7. River Suck, Raghrabeg. Bream, perch, tench, rudd, hybrids, pike and eels.
  8. River Suck and River Shannon Junction. Perch, rudd, rudd-bream hybrids, pike and eels.
  9. River Shannon, Long Island. Bream, perch, rudd, hybrids, pike and eels.
  10. River Shannon. Rudd (near bridge), bream, perch, hybrids, pike and eels.
  11. River Shannon. Bream, rudd-bream hybrids, perch, tench, rudd, pike and eels.
  12. Clonfert Backwater. Rudd, rudd-bream, perch, hybrids, pike and eels.

          For the above fish there is no close season.  However, there are specific times of the year when it's best to fish for a particular specimen.  The Roach although available for most of the year are at their best during the winter months.  Likewise, pike are also at their best during the winter.   Other species are more suitable to the summer - tench been a case in point, which is best fished for during the months of  May and June.   The months from April to October are when rudd and bream feed - a good time to fish for these two species.

Other Rivers of Note:

Cappagh River

          Flows into the Killimor River about 1 mile from Lough Derg.  Between Duniry Bridge and Cappagh Bridge is the best place to fish especially if you are after Brown Trout.  The season for Brown Trout is between the 15th February and the 30th  September. 

Ballinure River

          This River is found south of Ballinasloe and is a tributary of the River Suck.

Salmon fishing:

          To fish for salmon and sea trout you will need a State license plus a permit on major rivers. The State license can be purchased in any fishing tackle shop or from a permit distributor. It can be obtained for the length of time you want to fish and is inexpensive.  Whether you need a permit or not for a specific river you can look up under the river description. 

Additional Angling Information

          A Central Fisheries Board with the help of seven Regional Fisheries Boards are responsible for the coordination and administration of fisheries.   The aims of the Regional Boards are conservation, protection, development and promotion of all  aspects of fisheries within it's region.

Rod/Line Licences:

Salmon/Sea Trout - Season (All districts) 25
Salmon/Sea Trout (Single District Only) 12
Salmon/Sea Trout Juvenile 8
Salmon/Sea Trout 21-Day 10
Salmon/Sea Trout 1 Day 3
Foyle Area Extension 17

Central/Regional Fisheries Board Permits on trout fisheries

Ordinary (Season) From 5 to 20
Pensioner/Juvenile (Season) From 2 to 10, (Day) from 0.50 to 5

Shannon Board Permits

Adult Annual 20. Day 5
Pensioner Annual 20. Day 5
Juvenile Annual 20. Day 1

           The modified close seasons now in force for salmon, sea trout and brown trout differ not only as between regions, but also within regions, in a formulation too complex for reproduction here in detail. The general pattern is that seasons for migratory fish tend to open early and close early, while that for brown trout opens early in many places (Feb 15) and does not close until a date in October. There are, however, important exceptions and anglers proposing to visit the Republic, especially early or late in the year, should make careful enquiries with the appropriate Regional Board before making firm plans, whether the intention be to fish for salmon, migratory or brown trout.

          There is no annual close season for angling for coarse fish or for sea fish. 

Overall responsibility for the country's fisheries rests with the Department of the Marine, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, Tel: +353 (0)1 6785444

The Regional Boards

           The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and river systems entering the sea including coastal waters between Carlingford Lough, Co Louth and Kiln Bay, Co Wexford. Inquiries to: Regional Manager, Balnagowan House, Mobhi Boreen, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 
Tel: +353 (0)1 8379209, fax: 8360060. 

          The Southern Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and river systems entering the sea, including coastal waters, between Kiln Bay, Co Wexford and Ballycotton Pier, Co Cork. Inquiries to the Board's Regional Fisheries Manager, Anglesea St, Clonmel, Co Tipperary 
Tel: +353 (0)52 23624). 

          The South Western Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and river systems entering the sea, including coastal waters, between Ballycotton Pier, Co Cork and Kerry Head, Co Kerry. Inquiries to the Board's Regional Fisheries Manager, Nevilles Terrace, Massey Town, Macroom, Co Cork 
Tel: +353 (0)26 41221/2; fax (0)26 41223. 

          The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and rivers entering the sea, including coastal waters, between Kerry Head, Co Kerry and Hag's Head, Co Clare. Inquiries to the Board's Regional Fisheries Manager, Thomond Weir, Limerick 
Tel: =353 (0)61 455171, fax: (0)61 326533. 

>          The Western Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and rivers entering the sea, including coastal waters, between Hag's Head, Co Clare and Pigeon Point, near Westport, Co Mayo. Inquiries to The Board's Regional Fisheries Manager, The Weir Lodge, Earl's Island, Galway City 
Tel: +353 (0)91 563118, fax: (0)91 566335. 

          The North Western Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and rivers entering the sea, including coastal waters, between Pigeon Point, near Westport, Co Mayo, and Carrickgarve, Co Sligo. Inquiries to the Board's Regional Fisheries Manager, Ardnaree House, Abbey St, Ballina, Co Mayo 
Tel: 353+ (0)96 22788; fax: (0)96 70543. 

          The Northern Regional Fisheries Board. Covers all lakes and rivers entering the sea, including coastal waters, between Carrickgarve, Co Sligo and Malin Head, Co Donegal. Inquiries to the Board's Regional Fisheries Manager, Station Road, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal 
Tel: +353 (0)72 51435/ 52053;    fax: (0)72 51816. 

Coarse Fishing Laws in Ireland

  1. It is illegal to use live fish as bait.
  2. The only legal method to catch freshwater fish is by rod and line.
  3. A person fish with not more than two rods at any time.
  4. It is illegal to transfer live roach from one water to any other waters.  Offenders may be prosecuted.

NOTE: Penalties for breach of the above laws include confiscation of tackle and heavy fines. 
Anglers are requested to return all coarse fish, particularly pike, to the water alive and unharmed.