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Generation Manager, ESB Hydro Group, Ardnacrusha, Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Castleconnell Salmon Fishery is located on the River Shannon near Castleconnell, County Limerick. It is approximately 11 km north of Limerick city and is one of the most prestigious salmon fisheries in Ireland.
The Castleconnell Fishery is about 4.5 miles long comprising 6 beats, each permitting 4 rods per beat. Each beat has up to six or more pools. The Fishery operates from sunrise to sunset seven days a week from February 1st to end of season September 30th.
This is an important spring fishery which can provide good fishing from mid March to mid May. On a good year up to 200 spring salmon can be taken here averaging about 10-12lbs. From mid May to mid July the grilse run predominates. Fishing tends to get slack in August. In September fish usually become active again on their way to spawn and can produce some lively fishing in suitable conditions.
First time visitors to Castleconnell fishery are given a free guided tour where pools and best methods etc are explained. Guides or 'Ghillies' as they are locally known are provided on request at a reasonable additional charge.