Spinfish Where to Fish in Southern Ireland - Co Kerry

The Spinfish Southern Ireland Where to Fish A to Z


The local fishery board has taken steps to improve access to rivers and loughs in the area. Licenses and permits can be had from tackle shops, hotels and guest houses in the area.

Black Water

River is a short spate river of some 8 miles in length which drains one of the Killarney Lakes. Salmon and sea trout fishing available, permits cost about 5 Euros. Google Map Reference 51.856382, -9.743700


Rated as one of the most productive rivers in Ireland the Fearle offers up great angling for salmon and sea trout with over 1500 salmon and 2000 sea trout coming to rods in an average year. The river is 46 miles long and the North Kerry Angling Association controls much of the fishing including the newly redeveloped town water stretches at Listowel. The river has excellent fly water handled with a 14 foot rod and a bit of wading. Day and week tickets available, contact Jim Horgan on +353 6823848 for further information. Google Map Reference 52.481670, -9.657850


A medium sized spate river offering fishing for salmon, grilse and brown trout. Google Map Reference 52.047907, -9.506871

Gap of Dunloe / Black Valley

An area of great scenic beauty studded with many small lakes full of small brown trout for a fun day out. Google Map Reference 52.019981, -9.636380

Killarney Lakes

Salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing on on three lakes, Leane, Middle lake and Upper lake set in stunning scenery. Fishing is I believe free but it is best to check, best flies, Bibio, Black Zulu, Bog Fly, Alder and when in season the Hawthorn and Duck Fly. Fishing on the Kilbrean Lough is managed by Inland Fisheries whole stock the water occasionally with rainbows. Google Map Reference 52.039036, -9.524978

River Luane

Luane STA have beats on the river Luane offering excellent salmon fishing at very reasonable prices in stunning locations. The river looks pretty tasty too. Permits from: Dungeel Farmhouse, Dungeel, Killorglin, Co. Kerry. Killorglin Area, Michael O'Shea, Mobile Phone 087 2213835, Killarney Area, O'Neill's Plunkett St Killarney, John Buckley Mob Phone 086 8435028, Landers Outdoor World, Mile Height, Tralee, Co. Kerry. O'Sullivan's Foodstore, Beaufort. Contact the Club Secretary, Billy Downes, 10 Pairc Na DĂșn, Mounthawk, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. +353 (0)66 712 3950. Google Map Reference 52.067478, -9.630761

Lough Leane

The largest of the Killarny lakes offers free fishing for free rising wild brown trout in the half pound range. There are also ferox in the lough that can be taken on the troll. Google Map Reference 52.039036, -9.524978

Lough Currane

Reputedly the best sea trout fishing venue in Ireland (average 1.5lbs with fish up to 7lbs and more, 90% of Irish specimens come from here) Currane holds good stocks of salmon and brown trout as well. The lough is 2500 acres and is almost at sea level and connected to the sea by the very short, 500 yards, river Cunneragh so the fish do not have far to travel hence they are in prime condition and fight like fury.

The salmon fishing starts early, Feb to April and mostly they are trolled for. The sea trout arrive from May onwards with the biggest fish coming early and the smaller fish arriving with the grilse from June onwards.

Recommended flies are bright and bushy, for salmon try Hairy Mary, Blue Charm or Thunder and Lightening, for sea trout and try claret bumble, Fiery Brown, Peter Ross, Wickhams, Connemara Black, Bloody Butcher, Bibios work for the trout which average about .75lbs. Fishing is free on the loch and boats and ghillies can be hired locally. Google Map Reference 51.830306, -10.124381


A short river of about 10 miles, a tributary of the Fearle the Smearlagh offers good angling for migratory fish if the angler is willing to be adaptable. The fishing on 9 miles of the river is run by the North Kerry AA who offer day and week tickets, contact Jim Horgan on +353 68232848 for further information. Google Map Reference 52.442224, -9.476765