As with the wild brown trout, pike fishing on Lough Corrib is ranked very highly around the world. Fred Buller's famous book "The Doomsday Book of Mammoth Pike" said that many of the large specimen pike in the book were taken from Lough Corrib.
Anglers go in search of specimen pike on Lough Corrib from the middle of July onwards to the middle of December. Many pike anglers fishing Lough Corrib for the first time usually record a personal best.
Lough Corrib flows into the sea at Galway City, during the peak season migratory salmon can be seen in their hundreds at the famous bridge beside Galway Cathedral, heading for the lough and its upper reaches.
Lough Corrib gets a good run of both spring salmon and grilse and most fish are caught by trolling. The standard baits are copper, silver spoons and toby's. Favourite grilse areas on lower Lough Corrib are Billybeg, Muckrush, Rabbit Island and the Narrows, while on the upper lough they can be taken anywhere along the west shore from Inishgarraun to the mouth of the Fallomer river.
The majority of spring salmon are taken in the Cong, Carrick shore area, while grilse, which are much more numerous when they arrive in June, are likely to be taken either on the fly or bait in any shallow area. It is agreed that more grilse are taken along the west shore form Inishgarraun to Fallomer river than anywhere else. Favourite fly patterns are Green Peter, Silver Doctor, Black Goldfinch, Black Doctor and Thunder and Lightning, sizes eight and ten.