Lake and river fishing is within a short distance, with local guides and ghillies available in the area.

Some of the best early season fishing in the area is at the mouth of the Killarney’s Lough Léin (Killarney’s Lower Lake) where the river Laune drains the lakes into the sea beyond Killorglin town.

Lough Léin itself is the largest of the Killarney’s 3 lakes at 19 square kilometres. The largest body of fresh water in the area, it has a large stock of multi-sized Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Perch, Eels, Tench, Char and fresh water herring.

The Long Range river, a spectacular stretch of water running between the Upper and Middle lakes of Killarney has a large stock of Salmon. It also has Brown and Ferrock Trout as well as eels throughout the year.

The Flesk river flows towards Killarney from the east and gets a good run of spring salmon in late May and the river has a large stock of both Brown and Sea Trout.

Fishing Killarney Lakes

Looking along the Long Range towards the McGillycuddy’s Reeks.

Lough Leane Killarney

Ross Castle, standing at the edge of Killarney’s Loch Léin.

Permits & Licences
Permits are required for fishing on the rivers Flesk and Laune but not on the Killarney Lakes. In order to fish for salmon and sea trout on the Laune, anglers must purchase a permit for the waters that they wish to fish and in addition to this a State Licence must also be purchased. Daily and weekly permits to fish the Laune are available from tackle dealers in Killarney and a number of other outlets along the river.

Fishing Guides
Guides for all levels are available to hire in the Killarney area. Mick O’Brien of Killarney Fishing Tours draws on a wealth of experience to find the best fishing areas, using a range of his own flies and bait. Permits, transport, rain gear and packed lunches are all provided. Contact Mick to arrange your fishing experience in Killarney and the wider areas of county Kerry.

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