The Erne estuary is fished primarily for sea trout though there are also salmon, flounder, mullet and the odd mackerel present. Fly-fishing is popular, and successful, as is spinning and freelining sand eel early in the season. The fishable section is from Inis Saimer Island downstream to the sea.
Erne Special Local Licence can be obtained from the Inland Fisheries Ireland for €24 | 071 9851435
Lough Melvin is unique in many ways: apart from being a completely wild fishery, it holds a stock of free rising trout. It is also unique in its variety of salmonid species as well as a good stock of salmon and char. Regarding Salmon fishing there is a privately owned area of Lough Melvin where the Fly only rule is enforced; this is a private stretch of lake and is fished by permit only. The rest of the vast lake is public and free and locals generally troll for salmon.
Assaroe Lake at Ballyshannon produces the greater proportion, namely Pike, Bream, Perch, Roach, Eel and Roach/Bream hybrids, you will find that a variety of Coarse Fish exist on, at least,16 of the Cashelard lakes and at Belleek, in Fermanagh, there is good Coarse Fishing on the River Erne. All of the Pettigo Lakes have Coarse Fish. The Irish Pike Federation has run a few competitions on Assaroe Lake, all very successful. Compared to most regions throughout Ireland, this probably is the only undiscovered Coarse fishing paradise left in the country and it’s all waiting for you to come and catch that big one and be the first to have a recorded fish entered in the Specimen Records. Click here to see more details