About Fishing and Shore Angling in Doolin County Clare - Ireland

Never seen a Rock Salmon before?

Doolin is better known for its music than for fishing or angling.
But if you just think for a second - doesn't  "The Fishing Village of Doolin" somewhat suggest that you may want to bring your fishing rod with you to Doolin?

Although Doolin is known as a 'fishing village', this term relates more to the past than the present. Very little commercial fishing is done in Doolin these days. Lobster fishing being one of the exceptions. The reason for this is not the lack of fish in the sea, but simply because it is not financially viable any more to catch fish in a Currach (Curach or Curragh) in order to make a living.

Sea fishing:
In terms of shore angling, the Doolin coastline offers a variety of places for the angling enthusiast. All the way up to Black Head and down at Liscannor and Lahinch you can find your own private spot if you are prepared to walk a little and jump across a few rocks.
There are more easily accessible spots within a few hundred feet of parking your car, if you prefer the company of fellow anglers.

Lake fishing:
Although shore angling is the most popular in Doolin, considering that you have the entire coastline at your disposal, 'Luogh Lake' (Luogh Lough) provides you with another option. Luogh Lough is about 3 miles from Doolin on your way to the Cliffs of Moher. There are plenty more lakes in the region and you can find more information about those on the Irish fisheries pages. Luogh Lough is the closest to Doolin. But I won't even attempt to explain to you how to get there. It's a good walk across the bog and there is no place to park the car near the lake.

River fishing:
When you stay in Doolin, you have the Aille River right at your door step. Although salmon was known to have come up the river in Fisherstreet, there isn't any talk of this nowadays. But there is Brown Trout in the Aille River.
Since the early 40s, when the mines where worked in Doolin, parts of the river go underground whenever there is a few days of a dry spell. The deepest spots are around Roadford and further up the river.

Don't want to spoil the fun, but there are a few warnings that need to be on this page.
Please take them seriously!

First and foremost for those that are not familiar with the Irish coastline:

  • The sea knows no mercy. Do keep an eye on it, constantly.
    Even on calm days, freak waves can occur.

  • When you have found that perfect spot, make sure to cover
    your exit route in case the tide comes in.
    You don't want to find yourself cut off by the sea under a cliff.

  • Wear proper footwear when walking along the rocky coast.
    This is no place for sandals or dancing shoes.

  • Bring your mobile phone, just in case you twist your ankle.

  • DON'T LITTER!!! PLEEEEEASE bring your litter back home with you.
    That includes your fishing line!

Walking across farmland:
The Irish are generally known as a friendly people. But this does not apply to all of them. There have been stories of the odd farmer using pretty foul language when they found strangers crossing their fields. So stick to the footpaths where possible and, if you need to cross a field on a regular base to get to your favourite fishing spot, you may want to find out who owns the land and ask for permission.

Check out some rules and regulations from the fisheries boards that apply to this area.

My best catch in Doolin was a bass with 9 1/4 Pound (4.2 kg) - 28 inch (71cm)

The purpose of this page is to inform you in general about the possibilities there are regards fishing in Doolin. Any action you take, any move you make and any leg you break is your own doing, based on your own decisions and therefore your own responsibility. Don't take my word as gospel. Always double check with other webpages and in some cases it may be advisable to contact the appropriate body (e.g. the Irish Fisheries Board).
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