The Mountmellick Angling Association is situated in the midlands of County Laois, and nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains with their fishery situated in the upper most region of the river Barrow.
The association was formed in the mid sixties by a local group who wished to provide and develop angling in the Mountmellick area. Membership increased over the years and at present stands at two hundred.
The fishing is predominately for wild Brown Trout, no stocking takes place as there are excellent spawning grounds in the rivers and natural regeneration takes place, providing wild Brown Trout.
Eddie Blanche: 00353 86 0721297
Stephen Lynch: 00353 87 9769595
Day Tickets and Fishing Tackle can be purchased from:
Ivor Cox, O'Connell Sq, Mountmellick, R32A447: 00353 5786 24107
The fishery consists of three rivers, the Barrow as the main river, with the Owenass and the Triogue river as tributaries. As with all fisheries there are favourite locations, the main ones being, the Bornass Flats, Clonterry Flats, Keegans, Portnahinch and Garryhinch Forestry.
These locations are shown on the map and are sign posted. These locations are between Mountmellick and Portarlington on the R423.
The Trout average between half to one and a half pounds with the occasional fish in the two to four pound bracket.  One of the biggest trout caught in recent years weighed in at a whopping five pounds ten ounces!
The Association is subject to state laws and by the Inlands Fisheries Act 2010. Main association rules are printed on their permit cards.
The Association encourages catch & release and requests all anglers to observe the countryside code, as we rely on good relations with local landowners for passage through the fishery areas.
When wading please show consideration for other anglers. Please leave nothing but your footprints and remove all rubbish.
Development of the fishery is an ongoing process. In recent years, major tributaries, drains and land boundaries have being bridged and stiled.
The fishing season is from the 17th of March to September 31st Spetember. An adult permit for the season costs €30 Juvenile and Students permits costs €5 with old age pensioners free.
Day tickets can also be purchased for €10. Membership is open to all, subject to Association rules and conditions.
Permits can be purchased from Victor Cox’s Shop O’ Connell’s Square Mountmellick. Fishing tackle and local advice also available from Ivor Cox proprietor.
The Association currently have two Court appointed water keepers who patrol and monitor the fishery to insure that association rules are adhered to.
Tommy Quigley (00353 86 3220725) and Paul Lalor (00353 87 6264791) are the water keepers and are available for advice.



Patrick Street,
County Laois,
R32 KN25


+353 57 869 7557



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