The River Suck
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Shannon Regional Fisheries Board, Ashbourne Business Park,
Dock Road, Limerick City, Republic of Ireland
The River Suck is one of the main tributaries of the River Shannon and is an extensive river system in its own right. It is approximately 50 miles in length, draining a large part of Cos. Roscommon and East Galway.
The River Suck rises on the Mayo/Roscommon border and passes from Lough O'Flynn in a general south easterly direction before it joins the Shannon.
Almost the entire western boundary of County Roscommon is formed by the Suck. The water is clean and unpolluted, fast flowing at some stretches, among masses of wild flowers and verdant water meadows. It is also bounded by extensive stretches of moorland which characterise much of the landscape of the West of Ireland. In the winter, the river is particularly beautiful with large flocks of wild fowl.
Angling in the West of Ireland is an opportunity to tackle quiet waters away from the crowds in peace and serenity. It is an unforgettable experience, and the quality of fishing is good. The Suck with its tributaries is a typical example offering some of the best mixed fishing in Ireland. There are good brown trout stretches interspersed with excellent bream stretches. Rudd and Tench flourish at specified points, while Perch and Pike are also in abundance. The coarse fishing on the river can be broadly divided into five distinct stretches, each offering equally good fishing, with their own attractions, and with ease of access and good banks.
From Willsbrook Bridge above Ballymoe down to Mount Talbot Bridge above Ballygar, is a 40km stretch of clean, unpolluted river which is still virtually unexploited. Long reaches of the river and many of the associated lakes, have good stocks of bream, roach and hybrids.