The River Bandon rises at Nowen Hill, on the Shehy Mountains, to the north of Drimoleague, and runs through small West Cork towns and villages, through the centre of Bandon town, and drains in to Kinsale Harbour. It is famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing. The largest recorded salmon caught in Ireland, a 28lbs 3oz specimen that is now on display in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon, was landed from the lower reaches. At Kilcoleman, our stretch of the river contains no less than ten named salmon pools. There are also sea trout, and an abundance of resident brown trout that can reach sizes of over 1lb.
The salmon season starts in March, although in recent years there have not been many fish around until mid/late April. The grilse and summer run of salmon usually start in early May and continue through to the end of September and the close of the season. Indigenous brown trout are best from March through to the end of June.
We are also fortunate to be within 30 minutes of some of the best sea bass fishing in the British Isles. This is a great alternative to enjoy when water levels are too low in the river, or when it is too sunny (there is a closed season for sea bass between the dates of 15th of May and 15th of June).