Lough Carra


Co. Mayo, Ireland

Fishery Information

Lough Carra (Irish: Loch Ceara) is a limestone lake located in County Mayo, Ireland, approximately 8 miles south of Castlebar. It covers an area of 4,000 acres and is approximately 6 miles long, varying in width from 400 yards to one mile. The lake is known for its rich biodiversity and is primarily famous for its brown trout fishery. Lough Carra is situated northeast of Lough Mask and is often overshadowed by its larger neighbor, but it offers exceptional fishing opportunities in its own right.

What size do the fish go to?

Lough Carra is renowned for its brown trout population, with the average size of the wild trout being greater than in any of the other great western loughs. The lake has produced trout weighing up to 18 pounds in the past, and anglers believe that there are still trout in double figures present. The best chance of encountering larger trout is during the mayfly season. Lough Carra’s crystal-clear waters and white marl bottom add to the allure of fishing for these impressive trout.

What tactics work well?

When fishing in Lough Carra, anglers can employ various tactics based on the season and target species. During the mayfly hatch, which typically occurs from the first few days of May until the end of the month, trout in Lough Carra are known to respond well to Green Drake patterns. However, the chief attraction and most productive technique during this time is fishing with superb Spent-Gnat dry flies. In warm weather, the flies tend to return to the water around 7:30 PM, while in colder weather, they may go out during the day. Patience and careful observation can lead to rewarding catches.

What facilities are on site?

Specific information about on-site facilities at Lough Carra fishery is not provided in the available details. Anglers are advised to inquire with local authorities, Bord Failte approved guesthouses, or hotels in the surrounding areas of Loughs Corrib, Mask, and Carra for assistance in arranging boats, ghillies, or other necessary amenities.

Is parking available?

It is recommended to inquire with local authorities, accommodations, or nearby access points for information regarding parking arrangements and options in the area.

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