For the 'tight lines' enthusiast, Newport is renowned for its excellent fishing facilities and fishermen are offered a wide choice with Lough Feeagh and Furnace providing four square miles of water, while Newport river and Beltra lake are regarded as one of the best fishing grounds in Europe. Permits must be obtained but are readily available.
For the deep sea angler, Clew Bay, is renowned for the several species of fish including skate, blue shark, monkfish, thornback ray, cod, pollack, coalfish, gurnard, conger, ling, tope, mackerel dogfish bullhuss and others. Fully equipped deep sea angling boats are available for hire and competitions are organised throughout the summer season. Excellent angling is also available from the shores of the bay and the islands.
For almost forty years the Farran Laboratory on the Burrishoole Fishery, near Newport, has been the centre of research on the Atlantic Salmon in Ireland. You can get an insight into the world of the Atlantic Salmon at the Salmon Research Agency's Salmon World Visitors Centre.