With a catchment area of 250 square miles and with its main tributary being of limestone nature, the excellent water quality provides the perfect area for salmon to survive.
The Ballisodare River is the name given to the two and a half miles of river formed by the meeting of two fairly large rivers, the Owenmore and Arrow or Unshin River, about half a mile below the town of Collooney. The river empties out into the estuary of Ballisodare Bay at the Falls in Ballisodare. The river has something for every serious salmon angler from the quieter upper reaches with wider pools and the tree lined banks to the series of ledges and mini falls in Ballisodare village.
The river then empties over the “Falls” of Ballisodare into the tidal waters where pools have been created especially for salmon angling.
Each section presents different tests of the angler’s ability to catch salmon, but all provide great sport for the novice and experienced angler alike.
With average catches of over 2000 salmon each season for the past five years it is easy to see that all roads lead to Ballisodare once the salmon season starts on the 1st April. The late opening has been introduced to help conserve the early Spring salmon numbers and efforts such as this has lead to the Ballisodare Fishing Club winning the Salmon section of the I.A.S.C. national awards for salmon conservation for 2002.
Let’s hope that the rest of 2019 goes as well as our first week of the season this year.
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