Barrow a sizeable river holding a very wide range of fish from salmon and brown trout to very good pike, great shoals of course fish and twaite shad. Google Map Reference 52.838317, -6.934703
Offers something for all fresh water fishermen. The shad fishing is special with an international competition being held on the river every year.
The salmon and trout season runs from March 17th to 30th September with the best of the salmon arriving late on in the season (the Barrow is not on the lists so it is unclear whether its is open for salmon or not although nearby rivers the Noir and Suir are C & R only and the Slaney is closed for both salmon and sea trout). Brown trout fishing can be good on the river and on its tributaries, the Greese and Lerr, with fish up to 2lbs. Hot spots are behind the Dolman Hotel in Carlow, between Gorebridge and Graiguenamanagh and at Milford.
The weir pool below St Mullins Weir
Has lots of fish in the half pound range. Pike fishing is especially good between Athy and St Mullins and course fishing for bream and hybrids as well as rudd some tench, roach and perch is good at Bahana Woods and Graiguenamanagh.
There are 5 custom built fishing stands for wheelchair users as well as well made paths in Bagnelstown which was chosen as it offers the full range of Barrow fish. Course fishing is free and permits for salmon and trout can be had from local tackle shops.
River Slaney, Ballin Temple beat
Consists of 20 named pools with fishing for salmon and quality brown trout. The river runs through a Special Area of Conservation through fertile meadows and woodland. A maximum of 6 rods are alowed per day. The best of the salmon fishing is from March to May with some sea trout in June and July. Contact Ballin Temple Cottages and Fishery, Ardattin, Co. Carlow, Ireland. Call: +353 59 915 5037. Google Map Reference 52.350439, -6.518880