Angling / Fishing in Bangor in Co. Mayo

Bangor is in an ideal location for the angler to enjoy all forms of fishing, with some of County Mayo's finest wild salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing opportunities.

The Barony of Erris is recognised as one of the most outstanding angling destinations in Europe.

The miles of lonely coastline, wide variety of rivers, peaceful lakes and challenging sea fishing, combine to give both the novice and the expert an unparalleled choice.

Carrowmore Lake

Only 2km north of Bangor Erris is the renowned fishing lake, Carrowmore Lake, (Irish: Loch na Ceathrú Móire). It covers an approximate area of 1000 hectares of fishing water with a depth ranging from 1 to 6 metres.

The lake has a fine reputation for spring salmon, grilse, sea trout and brown trout. Fishing on Carrowmore Lake is by arrangement with the fishery manager and is confined to boat fishing only.

Boats are available for hire and local ghillies can be arranged through the fishery manager.

Ghillies are recommended when fishing the lake for the first time as there are many noted salmon lies in the lake and also shallows which are best avoided in the boat.

Fishing Rivers

Game Angling takes place in a number of rivers in Erris, notably the Owenmore and Glenamoy rivers. The Owenmore River flows alongside and past the town of Bangor and is a spate river which boasts some of the finest fly fishing waters in the region.

The fishing season on this river begins on Feb 1st and runs until Sept 30th. The river is famed for salmon, grilse and sea trout.

Full information and guides from Bangor Erris Angling Club.

The Glenamoy River is also a spate river renowned for its stocks of salmon and sea trout. This river gets a good run of grilse and seatrout from July to September but because it is classed as a late river, fishing continues here up to early October.

Fishing rights on the river are state owned and the fishery is leased to Glenamoy Community Angling Association.

Sea Angling

The sea angling off the Erris coast is ideally suited to a beginner in the field. With over forty species of fish having been caught off the coast, it can be considered one of the best all round locations in the country.

As angling journalist, David Houghton once wrote: "Think of a fish and it can probably be caught off Belmullet".

There are approved angling boats in the area, which can be hired by the day, half-day, or for a longer period. A full range of bait and equipment can be obtained from the local tackle and bait shop in Belmullet.

Shore Angling

Shore Angling is increasing in popularity, as the coast is particularly suitable in this area. The miles of deserted beaches, numerous lonely shores and several isolated piers ensure peace and tranquility for the fisherman.