Ireland has on offer some of the finest game angling in the world. In County Donegal alone there are about 450 angling waters. These waters range from big lakes and rivers to tiny streams and ponds. They can be situated just beside the road or hidden away and hard to find.
The Sliabh Liag Angling Association organises the fishing for salmon and seatrout on the Glen Fishery in south west Donegal. This is a progressive club dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the river while actively encouraging anglers. The Glen Fishery itself includes the Glen River, Owenwee (Yellow) River, Crow (Crove) River and Owenteskiny rivers and the loughs Agh, Auva, Unshagh, Unna, Divna, Lougheraherk and Lough Nalughraman.
The Eany Water Fishery is located at Inver/Frosses area in South West County Donegal. The Eany is a spate river system and is part of a 125 km square catchment area comprising the Eany River, the lower reaches of the Eanymore River and the lower reaches of the Eanybeg River.
There are two main rivers in the Gweedore area in North West Donegal – the Crolly, or Gweedore, river and the Clady river. The Crolly river drains Lough Anure and a number of other lakes. The Clady river drains Lough Nacung and flows for about 8km before entering Gweedore Bay at Bunbeg. This river is physically connected to the Crolly river by the Clady headrace, a 2.7 kilometre canal constructed for the purposes of hydro electric power generation.
River Leannan (Lennon) Fishery includes Lough Gartan and Lough Fern. The Leannan is a 45km long river, flowing from the Glendowan Mountains to Lough Swilly at Ramelton. It was noted for its productivity of spring fish until the unfortunate outbreak of UDN in 1976. Since then the salmon population has slowly recovered and is approaching pre-1976 levels.
The Dunfanaghy fishery comprises of three lakes: New Lake, Sessiagh Lough and Port Lough . These lakes are controlled by the Dunfanaghy Angling Association. The Association has worked hard to provide top quality wild brown trout fishing. Spawning facilities have been improved to ensure a good natural supply of wild trout.
The Pettigo and District Angling Club have a vast amount of fishing to offer from Lough Derg, to a stretch of the River Derg and to numerous hill loughs. The Club issue permits for several lakes in the Pettigo area, the Leaghany River and a stretch along the South bank of the River Derg from Lough Derg to the Owenboy stream.
The River Drowes Fishery is a good spring and summer salmon fishery producing over 1,000 fish a year. Sea trout only run in small numbers but it holds good stocks of brown trout. The Drowse Estuary consists of the three pools downstream of the Bundrowes Bridge to the sea near Bundoran.
The Lackagh fishery has been developed over recent years, resulting in improved access. Further development work is planned over the next few years with the main focus on habitat improvement and river enhancement.
The Meadows Trout Fishery – It would be very easy to sit for hours on the gentle hills between ‘The Green Spot’ (Tamney) and ‘The Narrow Quarter’ (Kerrykeel) on the beautiful Fanad Peninsula and admire the fabulous views over Mulroy Bay towards Muckish mountain. However, you can do even better than that as you can still admire the same view as you try for a rainbow trout at the Meadows Trout Fishery located just off the R246 north of Kerrykeel.