Fishing in Ballycroy in Co. Mayo

Ballycroy has important game fishing resources. The Owenduff and the Tarsaghaunmore rivers are reputed as excellent game fisheries. The main species to be caught on those rivers are salmon and sea trout.

The Ballycroy area is regarded as a "Spring" salmon fishery. During the months of February, March and mid-way through April, Ballycroy experiences a unique run of salmon which makes for excellent fishing.

As regards sea-angling, the nature of the Ballycroy coastline makes it more suited for inshore fishing, using small powered boats (available locally) and fishing for species such as pollack, cod, bass and dogfish. Deep sea angling boats are available at Blacksod, Achill Sound, Westport, Killala, etc.

The best fishing grounds off Ballycroy are north of Bulls Mouth, between Inishbiggle and Achill. However, due to the very strong tide race and the possibility of swell, it is advisable that one only venture out in good conditions. The fishing, however, is outstanding.

The islanders always ensure a warm welcome for any visitors and will advise on fishing locations/tackle, tide races, etc.

The Innisbiggle Festival in July is one of the highlights of the summer season.

Further information on the Sailing/Boating in the area can be obtained from Seamus Butler, Claggan, Ballycroy, Westport, Co Mayo. Telephone (098) 49005 or email

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