The Blackwater has a justifiable reputation for being one the best salmon fishing rivers in Ireland and one of the top in Europe with catch statistics of 6000 - 8000 rod caught salmon per year. The river has fish running throughout the year with spingers in the 8 to 20lb range coming in from February to April, grilse arriving from April to July, the early fish being bigger, in the 5 to 7lb range, while later fish are in the 2 to 4lb range. Summer fish arrive over a 3 week period late May into June and are in the 10 to 15lb range. By far the biggest runs arrive in theend of the season, through August to September, with as much as half of the seasons total catch being landed at this time.
Black Water Lodge Fisheries
Have extensive fishing including 16 named beats from just above Lismore to the Mallows. Their 5 year average 2005 - 9 is an impressive 750 fish. Ghillies are available by arrangement and charge about 120 Euros per day. Fishing tickets range from £25 Euros per day in February to 130 Euros in September. The lodge offers a wide range of services including accommodation. For more information call Ian Powell the proprietor on 0844 202 33 33. Google Map Reference 52.142920, -8.072118