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Lough Derg

Lough Derg

A majestic lake on the River Shannon located between the counties of Clare, Tipperary and Galway. At around 35km in length from Portumna at its northern tip to Killaloe/Ballina at its most southerly point and 12km at its widest point from Scarriff on its western shore to Youghal Bay on the eastern side this vast lake is an ideal fishing location.

Cruisers moored in a marina on Lough Derg/
Cruisers moored against wooden jettys on Lough Derg /
Rowing boat moored against a jetty on Lough Derg/
Cruiser travelling along Lough Derg passing green fields/
Angler sitting on a tackle box reeling in a fish in the shallow water at the edge of Lough Derg/
Angler sitting on a tackle box landing a fish caught on Lough Derg/
Angler sat beside Lough Derg holding a recently caught bream /


Lough Derg is a lake of two parts with the northern half featuring headlands and islands surrounded by rural countryside, hills, woodlands and farmlands. The southern end is much more dramatic, almost 30m at its deepest, as the waters cut between Slieve Bernagh and Arra Mountains.

The lake is a natural mixed fishery offering superb angling primarily for pike and coarse fish but with a modest stock of wild brown trout. Shoals of big bream, tench, rudd, roach and perch roam its depths and these can be fished for from an anchored boat.

Considering its length, there is comparatively little bank space except for the fishing stands at Twomilegate, near Killaloe. Bank fishing space will be found at the various cruiser marinas around the lake.

On the Tipperary side of the lakes the best fishing is at Garrykennedy, Dromineer and Terryglass. On the County Clare side there is good mixed fishing at Scarriff and Mountshannon.

Tackle shop in Nenagh: 
Open Season, 45 Pearse Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Eircode: E45AK40
Tel: 067-31774
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm

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