The Lee System
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South Western Regional Fisheries Board, Sunnyside House, Macroom, Cork,
Ballincollig is the largest town in Cork County and is located 10 Km west of Cork City on the N.22 route to Macroom. The River Lee is the main river in this area, but does not hold coarse fish stocks at this point.
Inniscarra Dam was constructed in the 1950s as part of the Lee Valley Hydro-electric scheme. The Dam is located west of Ballincollig just off the northern R.618 route to Coachford and Macroom.
A number of salmon fishing beats are available downstream (east) of the Inniscarra Dam through the Fishery Board, and local enquiries will provide current details on the availability of day permits.
Ballincollig Reservoir close to the town holds stocks of Carp. The Reservoir is a rather under fished water. The reservoir is located 6 km south of Ballincollig in the Ballyburden Beg area.
The Inniscarra reservoir (also known as Inniscarra lake) one of two reservoirs in the Lee Valley, resulted from the development of the Lee Hydro-electric Scheme in 1956. At that time parts of the Lee Valley west of Cork City was flooded to create reservoirs for electricity generation. This reservoir runs west from the Inniscarra Dam as far as the Carrigadrohid reservoir, at the village of Carrigadrohid. The main villages of this area are Dripsey and Coachford.
The reservoir occupies an area of 530 hectares and there is approximately 40 Km of bank area that can be fished. In recent years there has been much investment in the development of angling facilities here.
The Inniscarra Reservoir is primarily a Bream fishery but also holds good stocks of rudd, rudd/bream hybrids and some large pike. There is very good access here from the reservoir bank east of Innislinga, following major Fishery Board development works.
The Carrigadrohid Reservoir has stocks of Rudd Perch and Pike and one of the favoured coarse angling areas is at Coolcower Bridge on the N.22 route to Macroom.
Two small ponds in the area – Buckley’s and McCulls approximately 5 Km east of Macroom town hold some Tench and Rudd.