An idyllic place to enjoy fishing
Situated on the banks of Lough Corrib and the River Cong is one of the most famous fisheries in all of Ireland. Covering 44,000 acres, Lough Corrib is the largest of the three lakes in the area and well known for its brown trout, salmon and pike fishing. In fact, the Cong hatchery is extremely successful with 4% eggs successfully hatching (as opposed to 2% in the wild) with the same Salmon returning year after year. Your Ghillie (guide), Frank Costello, is internationally recognised as one of the most knowledgeable experts on fishing Lough Corrib, having lived beside the lake his entire life.
What we offer
From fly fishing lessons to half and full day trips, Frank will tailor your experience to suit your ability and preferences. Suitable for total beginners and competent fishermen alike, the majority of fishing trips take place from traditional wooden boats on Lough Corrib, offering spectacular scenery and incredible views of Ashford Castle from the water. Opt for a full day experience and you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on one of the islands and even the chance to cook your catch!
For competent fishermen, we also offer fishing on nearby Lough Mask and Lough Carra, or further afield in Connemara. The Cong River at the hotel is a great option for very experienced and able-bodied salmon fishermen.
Frank is also a marine and countryside guide approved by the Irish tourist board. He offers guided boat trips on Lough Corrib and to its many beautiful islands. The boat, made by Frank himself, is of traditional Irish design and is fully licensed by the Irish Department of Transport. He can bring up to 3 passengers and trips can be tailored to guests’ preferences. €85.00 forty minute trip for up to 3 passengers. Longer trips can be arranged on request.
All cancellations must be made at least 12 hours before time of activity or it will incur a 50 percent charge. No show for activity will be 100 percent charge. Ashford Bay Boat Hire reserves the right to cancel any activity due to weather.
Traditional hand-crafted 19ft clinker wooden boats are used and all fishing gear is supplied. We recommend you dress in warm, waterproof clothing, boots and bring sunglasses.
For bookings and information please contact Frank on +353 (0) 87 2524253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Advance bookings are highly recommended to avoid disappointment.
Fishing on Lough Corrib including Ghillie,
Boat & Tackle (for up to 3 people)
€220.00 half day 10am – 1pm or
€390.00 full day 10am – 5pm
- €70.00 Rowing Boat Hire
- €25.00 Spinning rod hire per person
- €40.00 Fly rod hire per person
- €95.00 Fly Fishing lesson per person per hour, €75 per person per hour for two people or more
Children 12 years and under are not permitted to do fly fishing or fly fishing lessons. Children 12 years and under who are spinning / troll fishing should be accompanied by a guardian.
Please note that booking is essential.