River Brosna salmon and brown trout
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Shannon Regional Fisheries, Dock Road, Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland
The River Brosna is a game angling area in South Offaly. It rises in Lough Ennell, County Westmeath and flows in a south westerly direction through Kilbeggan, Clara, Ferbane in County Offaly and joins the Shannon at Shannon Harbour.
The River Brosna gets a small run of spring salmon and a fair run of grilse and every year it produces approximately 200 fish to rod and line.
The grilse fishing begins around the end of May or early June depending on water levels and the peak of the fishing generally occurs in the first week of July. August is considered a slow month but the fishing picks up again in September. The best fishing stretches are downstream of Clonmony Bridge for about 4 kms until the river joins the Shannon. There is approximately 1½ kms of good fishing with streams and pools downstream of Belmount Weir which is west of Ferbane and a short stretch of good fishing immediately downstream of Ferbane town itself. The next good salmon fishing stretch is at Follagh mid-way between Ballycumber and Ferbane. The angling methods employed on the river include worm fishing, spinning and fly fishing. Float fished shrimp is especially effective in low water conditions in summer. Access to the river is mainly at the bridges and the banks are fairly good though overgrown in places.
Brown trout fishing on the Brosna can be particularly good from early season in March until the weeds come up in mid-June. There are 5 good trout fishing stretches on the river. For 1 km downstream from Ballingore to a place called Splithill where the trout average ¾ lb. Trout averaging 1 lb. can be found for 1 km downstream from Kilbeggan, and stocks are plentiful. From Clare to Bolart Bridge, a distance of 2½ kms, there is a good population of trout averaging ¾ lb. The trout average ½ lb. for approximately 1 km upstream and downstream of the village of Ballycumber. There is a fair stock of nice trout downstream of Bellmount Bridge which is approximately 6.5 km west of Ferbane.