Waterville Fisheries Development Group

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The Waterville Fisheries Development Group was set up to develop the Waterville system as one of Ireland’s premier salmon and sea trout angling destinations – the “Sea Trout Capital of Ireland”. The group carry out spawning stream enhancement, river maintenance and rehabilitation and operate a salmon hatchery.

Lough Currane. Long renowned as Ireland’s premier sea trout fishery, and produces most of Ireland’s specimen sea trout each year. The lake’s sea trout have been DNA fingerprinted as a unique sub species as part of the Celtic Sea Trout project, which seeks to learn more about the genetics and biology of sea trout in order to address their decline, which has occurred throughout the UK and Ireland.

Lough Currane is situated in a valley east of the village of Waterville on the southern end of the MacGillycuddy Reeks. It measures four miles by two miles at its widest point and is over 2500 acres in size being the largest and most famous lake in the catchment. It is predominantly shallow, intersected by numerous rocks, islands and headlands. Its largest island is Church Island where there is a church and bee-hive dwellings dating back to the sixth century. It is only 4 meters above sea level and fish have a short migration of 500 meters through the Butler Pool before entering the lake. Lough Currane has one of the earliest runs of spring salmon in Ireland. Salmon can be caught from the opening day of the season. The successful method is for a boatman to hold a boat while the angler covers known salmon lies. Mid March sees the arrival of the larger specimen sea trout for which the system is famous. The sea trout run continues throughout the summer to the end of the season. Grilse enter the system from June onwards.

Lough Derriana
Derriana lies at the top of the Cummeragh System and is nestled amid some of South Kerry’s most spectacular mountain views. It holds a good stock of resident brown trout being Kerry’s brown trout jewel. Salmon and sea trout normally arrive from March and April onwards. It is a large lake of approximately 1000 acres in area.

Lough Na Mona
Lough Namona belongs to a separate branch of the fishery and is connected to the Cummeragh by the Owengarriff River. Although it is a smaller than its neighbouring cousins at just over 200 acres many specimen sea trout are caught in this idyllic lake every season.

Lough Cloonaghlin
Cloonaghlin sits less than 100 meters from Lough Namona. There is something special about this lake, it could be its remoteness and solitude or, its open shallows where the river flows out, the large wooded island or the mountains towering over you, what ever it is, it’s just magical. It’s a large lake with an area of 700 acres. Its holds a good stock of brownies up to 14ozs. It fishes well for seatrout from mid summer and has a reputation as a good autumn fishery.
Lough Na Huisce (Iskanamacteery)
A very scenic lake and at 200 acres in area, this is one of the smaller of the upper lakes with sheer mountains faces on its south side allowing cascading streams to fall vertically into the depths of the lake. It is shallow on its north bank and this is the productive shore to fish. It is a lough that must not be underestimated. It has produced sea trout over 10 lbs in past years. It fishes well for sea trout from mid summer onwards.
Capal Lake (Isknagahiny)
A short distance from Lough Currane, it is linked to it by the Capal River. Capal lake is a small shallow lake of 150 acres. It fishes well for sea trout from mid summer and produces occasional spring salmon early in the year.

River Cummeragh
The upper lakes all drain through the Cummeragh River into Lough Currane. The river holds well for a couple of days following a flood. It produces occasional spring salmon but is better known for its summer grilse fishing. It is also an excellent sea trout river and fishes well from July onwards.

The Butlers Pool
The Butler’s Pool is one of Ireland’s most famous fishing pools. Lough Currane drains through this 200 meters stretch of river into Ballinskelligs bay.

Inny River
This is a separate river system entering the sea about two miles to the north of Waterville alongside the Waterville links golf course. It has a long estuary where tidal fishing for Sea Trout can be experienced in the evening. The Inny drains an area of approximately 46 square miles. It is predominantly a grilse fishery and occasional summer salmon up to 15lbs weight also enter the system. There is also a good run of sea trout from April onwards. It is a typical spate river of the type found on the west of Ireland and is a gem of a river to fish following a flood

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