Fishing

The North West is regarded as being one of Europe’s top angling destinations and an absolute paradise for salmon fishing. Top class sea angling is also on offer. Harbour View is located within three miles of both the Drowes River and Mullaghmore.
Drying and cleaning facilities available onsite.

Details on fishing in the region is available below:

Game Angling

The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The Drowes is among the earliest opening salmon fisheries in the country and regularly claims the honour of producing Ireland’s first salmon of the season on opening day, January 1st.

Glencar Lake and Drumcliff River are south-east of Benbulben. Situated in a deep valley to the north of the N16 Manorhamiliton-Sligo road, 5 miles from Sligo, it has a spectacular waterfall at its north-east corner. The lough has a resident stock of small brown trout and gets a really good run of seatrout and a fair number of salmon, both spring fish and grilse.

Open season for the Garavogue (Lough Gill and River Bonet) for salmon and sea trout is from 1st January to 30th September; for brown trout, from 1st March to 30th September. Lough Gill is about 3 miles east of Sligo and the R286 Dromahair-Sligo road runs close by the shore on the northern end and the R287 on the southern side. There is public parking at Innisfree, Sriff Bay, Aughamore and Hazelwood Bay. This lough holds brown trout and salmon. It gets a run of spring salmon and anglers are out from opening day. Most of the fishing is done by trolling. February and March are regarded as good months and so also is May, but after that the salmon fishing is over for the season. Lough Gill also holds a stock of good brown trout averaging 1lb. They tend to be dour and slow to take and anglers concentrate a lot of their trout fishing efforts on the mayfly season from mid-May to min-June when trout fishing can be good.

Sea Angling & Deep Sea Angling

Sligo’s coastline stretching from Mullaghmore to Easkey gives every conceivable variety of ground, from superb strands, through broad estuaries to rock shores with off shore reefs. And that is just the mainland. Islands abound and beyond them the deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Fully equipped licensed boats for deep sea fishing are available around the coast where experienced local skippers will guide you. Bottom fishing is available all year round for a great variety of species. There are several reefs with abundant pollack and wrasse.

Shore Angling

Mullaghmore Pier
On the sheltered side of the headland, looking back across the strand to the mountains of Sligo, is a haunt of mullet and the source of many of specimen size. They are taken on pieces of fish or bread at high water. The breakwater, at the harbour entrance, yields dab. flounder, plaice and occasional ray in summer. On the exposed, rocky north coast is Darby’s Hole where the gently sloping rocks provide excellent fishing for big wrasse.

Rosses Point
Rosses Point, at the entrance to the inner Sligo Bay is a good spot for spinning for mackerel and sea trout in summer and can yield the occasional bass. Coney Island, at the mouth of the bay is approachable from the land only at low tide. Flounder and sea trout can be caught in the main channel. The rocky promontory of Strandhill, surmounted by the stone age mausoleum known as Queen Maeve’s Tomb, is a popular seaside resort with a fine beach. Flatfish can be caught from its southern end and occasional bass in autumn. Across the channel from Strandhill, Portcurry Point also yields flounder and sea trout, with a possibility of tope. Mullet can be plentiful there in hot weather. The southern outpost of Sligo Bay, Aughris Head, has good beach fishing for flounder and dogfish with possibilities of tope and ray.