Lough Corrib is one of the most famous and beautiful limestone fishing loughs in Ireland. It is the second largest lough in Ireland and is about 35 miles in length from Galway to Mama and varies in breadth from eight miles, between Oughterard and Cong, to one quarter of a mile from the Wood of Dun to Corran Point, where it narrows between the Joyce Country and the Iar-Chonnacht hills. It is a stunning place to fish for wild brown trout, pike and salmon.
Lough Corrib is recognised as a leading wild brown trout fishery.The season for brown trout on Lough Corrib opens on February 15th and runs through to the end of September.
Trout are usually caught on the fly from the very first day of the season, however, the best wet fly fishing is from March 1st to the end of April, when trout are feeding freely on duck fly and olives. Even when the fish are feeding on flies, trolling lures and baits is also very rewarding. The evening time, when conditions are suitable, anglers can enjoy good sport with trout rising to take the dry fly. From the 1st of May to the 1st week of June the famous mayfly fishing takes place.
After the first week of June to the end of September, this period sees the trout turn their attention to perch fly for the first few weeks, and thereafter are caught on the wet-fly, dry-fly and dapping grasshoppers and daddy longlegs. During the very hot weather, nightfall can witness the hatching buzzer bringing feeding trout to the surface.
Trolling the deeper waters of Upper Corrib often sees ferox trout of 20 lbs and over coming to the landing net, with fish 10 lbs and over in the specimen trout category.
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.