Marine Institute

Burrishoole Fishery

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The Burrishoole Fishery is unusual in that it forms part of a catchment dedicated to scientific research. The catch and information from the fishery form a vital component of the scientific returns and for this reason the fishery is highly regulated.

The Lakes

The Burrishoole fishery is comprised of a series of fresh and brackish water loughs, stretching from Bunaveela Lough on the far north of the system to the brackish water Lough Furnace, adjacent to neighbouring Clew Bay.

  • Lough Furnace is the lower Lough on the Burrishoole salmon fishery. Artificial fly and dapping are the only angling methods allowed.
  • Lough Feeagh is a freshwater lake. It may open subject to management approval for day angling only (10am - 6pm). Only 2 boats are permitted on the lake at one time. Only single barbless hooks may be used. Replacement fish will not be provided for fish caught and released on Feeagh.
  • The Neck Fishery consists of three short beats: upper, middle and lower Neck, accommodationg three anglers. The beats will be fished for a single tide each day (high water to high water). Anglers are advised to come equipped with body waders and a wading staff. Although the water is not deep the bottom is rocky and wading can be difficult. A strong tidal current can develop quickly and anglers are advised to exercise extreme care. The Neck is not suitable for novice anglers or those who find standing for long periods troublesome. Anglers will be limited to a catch of two ranched salmon. Anglers may fish on a catch and release basis for wild salmon until two ranched fish have been killed. Anglers must then stop fishing.

Fishing ProtocolsFishing Fly

Fishing for wild salmon (easily recognised by the presence of an adipose fin) is on a catch and release basis and all wild salmon must be carefully returned alive to the water. A replacement ranched salmon of equivalent size will be provided on request.
Sea Trout are protected by law and must also be returned. All ranched salmon (adipose clipped salmon) must be retained for the removal of the nose tag by the scientific staff, it will then be returned to the angler.

Fishing Times

Lough Furnace

  • Lake Fishing Day: 09.30 - 18.00
  • Fly fishing only. No spinning, trolling or any form of bait fishing. No more than three persons (including children and ghillie) in a boat, on safety grounds.
  • Shore Fishing Only available on the Mill Race and at the Back Weir for anglers who have booked rod-fishing in a boat. 1 hour per boat per day at the Mill Race, 1 hour per boat per day at the Back Weir,    between the hours of 09.30 and 18.00. A bag limit of one shore caught salmon per angler per day will apply.

Catches & UpdatesFishery Office

If you do want to book or any enquires, please contact Pat - Fishery Manager at the contacts below.

Pat Hughes,
Fishery Manager.
098 42300 (office)
098 42340 (fax)
087 2377078 (mobile)

email: pat [dot] hughes [at] marine [dot] ie

Weather data supplied by Met Eireann can be accessed through the Automatic Synoptic Weather Station in Furnace.

Download Fishery Brochure here (PDF)