The River Barrow is renowned as a coarse and game angling river for bream, roach, dace, hybrids, rudd, perch and pike, brown trout, sea trout and salmon. The river has easy access points via a towpath.
In 2016 a strict catch and release policy applies in respect of all salmon, while the river is closed for all eel fishing. The salmon and brown trout season on the River Barrow commenced on March 17th and finishes on September 30th. Other fishing (with the exception of salmon and brown trout) is available year round.
The rivers Greese and Lerr, tributaries of the River Barrow provide excellent brown trout fishing while the River Burrin is one of the finest trout fishing rivers in the region.
The excellent stocks of quality pike are one of the main attractions for anglers on the River Barrow, with abundant stocks of 20+lbs. Pike angling is carried out on all stretches of the river between Athy and St. Mullins with the main locations being Bahana Wood ( just above St. Mullins), Graiguenamanagh and Ballytiglea Bridge near Borris. Pike, bream and hybrids are the primary species but rudd is also abundant here. It is vital to familiarise oneself with the pike regulations, prior to fishing for pike. The River Barrow is truly the last remaining fishery of twaite shad where they still enter in large numbers. They are normally caught by spinning but can also be caught on the fly and a competition is held each May in St. Mullins.
ANGLING INFORMATION AND FACILITIES
In 2016 there is a catch and release policy for salmon fishing on the River Slaney in order to conserve stocks. Sea trout fishing under 40cm is allowed (bag limit of three fish per 24 hours) as is brown trout fishing. It is prohibited to use any lure other than artificial flywith single barbless hooks, in angling for salmon and trout on the River Slaney.
The trout and salmon season on the River Slaney commenced on March 17th and finishes on September 16th. Fishing on the River Slaney is mainly private – day tickets on Tullow Fishing Club waters are available at the Quick – Pick Shop, Abbey Street, Tullow (Club Secretary, John Duffy 059 9152740).
A state licence is required to fish for salmon and sea trout. The Slaney gets a reasonable run of spring salmon and a small number of grilse are also taken annually.
LICENCES: A state licence is only required to fish for salmon ans sea trout. All-Ireland salmon fishing licence – €100 per year, salmon district licence – €56 per year, 21 – day All Ireland or district salmon fishing licence – €40, Under 17 All- Ireland salmon fishing licence – €10 one day, All-Ireland salmon fishing licence – €20.
TROUT PERMITS on the River Burrin. Adults – €20, Senior Citizens – €15, Juvenile – €5 (under 18). A licence and/or permit may be obtained from Murph’s, Tullow Street, Carlow town.
Carlow Town: Waterways Ireland has provided an 84 metre floating jetty for Carlow Town, installed on the Graiguecullen side of the river, just downstream of the steps in Carlow Town Park. Slipways have been provided in Carlow Town Park, Clogrennane, Bagenalstown, Goresbridge and Graiguenamanagh and toilets at Clashganny.
Leighlinbridge: Berthing for up to 25 boats is offered on the banks of the River Barrow beside the Lord Bagenal Inn. T: 059 9774000.