Lake Inniscarra Fishing Information
Enjoy great coarse fishing. Lake Inniscarra offers excellent fishing in a picturesque setting. Inniscarra Lake offers all year round fishing. Bream/Rudd and Bream/Rudd hybrids are the most common. Daily catches of 100 lbs are common if you pre-bait well.
Inniscarra Lake is one of two lowland lakes created by the Electricity Supply Board in 1956 and covers and area of over 530 ha. Not all is fishable; there are over 26 miles of bankside. Inniscarra Lake forms an integral part of the River Lee system and offers the coarse angler excellent fishing in beautiful settings.
Inniscarra Lake is suited to coarse angling with its gently sloping banks and optimum water depths. A wide range of fishing tackle can be used including poles – with large 5 to 10 gram pole floats, feeder rods, open ended feeders, open faced reels with 3lb and 4lb line and hooks ranging in size from 10 to 16. The region’s mild climate allows year-round fishing and weather conditions generally present little problem to the angler.
History Of Inniscarra Bream
The South Western Regional Fisheries Board introduced 200 adult Bream into the upper Carrigadrohid Lake in 1974; however it was not until 15 years later that large stocks of Bream were discovered in the lower Inniscarra Lake. Today excellent shoals exist through Inniscarra Lake with catches in excess of 100lb and fish weighing in at over 7lb are not uncommon.
Much of Inniscarra Lake still remains to be explored and this is pioneering angling at its best. Bream are plentiful throughout Inniscarra Lake and some recommended sites are highlighted in green on the accompanying map.
Some notable fishing spots:
- The Innisleena Section – 1 mile west of the Inniscarra Dam on the northern shore (stop at the small parking area beside the waters edge and fish the deep water to the east of the dissused roadway).
- The Dripsey Arm – West of Griffins Garden Centre, turn down into bankside car park, fish either east or west from car park.
- Rooves Bay/Greenway – The small bay 600 yds east from Rooves Bridge. (Car park and pathway with stiles).
- The Fish Farm – Easily accessible concrete platform, with good parking.
- St. John’s – Located on the way from Coachford to Macroom, turn left opposite the cemetry.
- The Caumruad – An easily accessible shallow weedy area (beside the main road east of Carrigadrohid Village).
- Carrigadrohid – Fish both banks upstream of Carrigadrohid Castle Bridge. This section varies in water depth and fishes best when the water is high with minimum flow. FOR YOUR SAFETY LISTEN FOR THE HOOTER WHICH IS SOUNDED TO INDICATE THAT WATER IS BEING RELEASED FROM THE DAM.
- Gemma’s Field – Over Rooves Bridge, park on the left, Cross stile and walk down the bank.
- Clashanure – This beat is undeveloped and difficult to reach. It is only recomended for those who prefer wild style fishing.
- Walshestown – This beat is also undeveloped and difficult to reach. It is only recommended for those who prefer wild style fishing
“This is an area of scenic beauty and anglers are requested to keep it so by taking away their rubbish for thoughtful disposal elsewhere.”
Rudd are abundant, widespread and usually shoaling with the bream in Inniscarra Lake. Large shoals of small rudd are often encountered at the recommended areas on the map with the occasional fish in excess of 1½lb. The Caumruad is renowned for its Rudd and Bream/Rudd Hybrids.
Specimen (over 3lb.) hybrids have been caught in Inniscarra Lake. These are usually located with the bream and in the deeper water at Oakgrove.
A licence for coarse fishing is not required and there is no close season. Permits, issued at a small charge, are available from the ESB for fishing the Inniscarra and Carrigadrohid Lakes. These Permits can be obtained from our offices, the ESB office at Inniscarra or in Coachford. You may require permission to cross certain land owners property.
Please abide by all conservation policies and respect the interests of land owners and other water users. Close all gates and bring home your litter. We would welcome details of your catch, constructive suggestions and indeed any information that will help us protect and develop this valuable resource.
There are vast shoals of skimmer bream between 1/2lb and 1-1/2lb. Also big shoals of slabs though these haven’t shown much during 1997 & 1998. All sizes of bream can show up anywhere at any time but the one area noted for the larger fish is the Castle Stretch at Carrigadrohid. Fish to 8lbs have been caught here. However the last two years have been poor with only occasional big nets of good fish. Best known catch was about 400lbs form the Castle Stretch in 1996.
The enormous shoals of perch that inhabited this lake 20 years ago are now gone but they are caught occasionally and are thought to be making a comeback.
This water contains enormous shoals of rudd which patrol the margins in such numbers that catches of 100lbs are easily possible. During ’97 & ’98 the rudd seemed not so plentiful but did turn up on occasions to give a lucky angler a red letter day. There is no particular area noted for rudd, they just turn up everywhere. They average about 3-4 ozs, fish over 1lb are rare but do show from time to time. Best known catch was 550 fish (about 200lbs) in 1995 to a U.K. angler fishing at St. Johns using a 4m whip.
The best hybrid to date is a fish of 4lb.1oz. caught by John Murphy of Cappoquin at Rooves Bay in 1996 but fish in excess of 3lbs are caught regulary usually whilst catching good bream. Sally’s Hole & The Shallows both at Carrigadrohid are noted hybrid areas especially in April/May and early June, but good fish turn up regulary at all the usual areas during the warmer months. Hybrids appear to swim with the shoals of bream of around the same size, so if you are catching 1lb bream you are likely to catch 1lb hybrids also.
These were introduced in 1995 by local anglers and very few have been caught. The best reported was 7lb.4ozs from the Dripsey Arm of the lake in 1997 by an English angler on holiday.
There are just a few tench here, introduced over the years by local anglers.
This was once a prolific pike fishery, anglers looking for this species should go to Carrigadrohid Lake near Macroom for better sport.
Very big shoals of gudgeon can be seen all around the lake scouring the gravel close in. These tend to be very small and surprisingly hard to catch.
With deep water close in, the pole or whip is an ideal tool especially when the water is coloured. A quivertip rod and an open end feeder is another reliable method. For those who prefer to use a float the Polaris is ideal for this fishery as the bottom slopes away quickly and this float automatically adapts to the changing depths.
All the usual baits will catch including maggots, worms, casters, bread, and corn.