A stay in Abbeyview, one of Irelands oldest rental cottages, is an anglers paradise. We are surrounded by well reputed canals, lakes and rivers renouned for the best fresh water fish in the land. This reputation has been built up over a number of years and is carefully preserved by the local angling clubs.
The River Barrow
The Barrow headwaters provide the birthplace and home of the young trout and salmon. It flows on past the historic towns of Mountmellick and Portlarlington in series of ripples and pools where the bigger trout take up residence and provide good sport for the angler. From late spring onwards this area becomes the resting place for big salmon on their return from their sojourn to the feeding grounds in the seas round the Faroes and Greenland
The River Nore
The Nore is noted dry fly fishery with good trout, salmon and pike stocks. Around Durrow and further downstream some of the best salmon and trout angling may be found from early season onwards.
Some of the tributaries of both the Barrow and the Nore rivers provide very good trout angling, particularly in the early season. Among the better ones are the Owenass, Cushina, Slate and Stradbally Rivers on the Barrow Catchment, and the Erkina, Goul and Whitehorse Rivers along the Nore Valley.
The coarse angling enthusiast is well catered for in County Laois with angling available in canals, rivers and a number of scenic lakes around the county.
The River Barrow
Downstream of Monasterevin holds bream, pike, perch and hybrids of above average size. There are many spots along the river to choose from and an angler can fish miles of water in total solitude.
The Figile river near Portarlington is a gem of river for pike anglers holding specimen fish of 30lbs and over. Close by are the Cushina, Slate and the Black Rivers which also spoil the angler for choice.
A section of the Erkina near Durrow, known as the Curragh, is renowned for its specimen pike weighing up to 15lbs and more.
The Grand Canal
The Barrow Branch of the Grand Canal, including the picturesque Vicarstown, in east county Laois, holds good stocks of bream, tench, hybrids, pike and perch.
Granstown lake, Ballacolla, provides excellent quality stillwater fishing containing large quantities of pike, perch, tench, rudd and eel. Situated in nature reserve, the lake is open from April to October.
Rathadaire Lake has undergone redevelopment and having been recently stocked, offers some good coarse fishing in picturesque surroundings.
Ballyfin Lake near Mountrath contains pike, tench and rudd. A beautiful lake set in the grounds of the Patrician Brothers, it is popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Mass Lough and Gills Pond at Ballinakill are two small lakes with superb angling in a lovely setting, providing good pike, tench and rudd angling.
This lake is situated in the town park and provides good pike, tench and rudd angling.
Little Bog Lake
Little Bog Lake at the Heath, Portlaoise, contains good stocks of rudd and pike. It is situated in the heart of one of the most historic sites in Ireland.
Ballaghmore Lake near Roscrea contains excellent eel,carp,rudd, perch,roach and pike. Permits can be obtained from Ballaghmore, Country House, Borris-in-Ossory, Co.Laois, Tel:0505 21366.
The Tackle Shop, Mountrath, Co.Laois Contact: Maura Kelly 057 86 32162.
Vicarstown Inn, Vicarstown, Co.Laois. Contact: Jim Crean 057 86 25189.(checked) Top
Victor Cox, The Square, Mountmellick, 057 86 24107.
Susan Lawlor ’s, The Square, Durrow, 057 86 36234.
Michael Finlay, Finlay ’s Bar, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, 057 86 23173
P.J Hyland, Portarlington Auto Parts, Upper Main Street, Portarlington. 057 86 23456
Sean Ward, Fisherman ’s Inn, Ballybrittas. 057 86 26488
John Harrison, Harrison ’s Shop, The Square, Stradbally 057 86 25359
Michael Kealy, Bergin ’s Hardware and Sports Shop, New Road, Urlingford,Co. Kilkenny. 056 31877
Tom Watkins, 6 Fintans Park, Mountrath. 057 86 32540
Maura Kelly, The Tackle Shop, Mountrath. 057 86 32162.
Dunne ’s Hardware Store, Abbeyleix. 057 86 31440.
Susan Lawlor, Lawlor ’s, The Square, Durrow. 057 86 36234.
Tony Holohan, The Late and Early Shop, Rathdowney. 057 86 46340
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