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Aran Lodge is ideally situated for a few days or more of fishing as Ballylickey has several angling facilities right on its doorstep. There are good seasonal opportunities for sea angling in the bay and the Coomhola and Ouvane rivers, both of which flow into Ballylickey, offer excellent salmon and sea trout fishing. In addition, there are several inland lakes stocked with rainbow and brown trout all within a few minutes of Ballylickey. Fishing rods and tackle can be bought in the local fish tackle shops. Information about the best spots, and the weather conditions at a given time can be had locally.
The Ouvane river is situated flowing into Bantry Bay on the coast just outside Bantry on the main road to Kenmare. Fishing is done in this river for small runs of Grilse and some Sea trout. Best fishing when river is high. The Coomhola river drains into the top of Bantry Bay, just outside of Bantry on the main road to Kenmare. Every season in this stretch of water good runs of Grilse (Atlantic Salmon which have spent only one winter at sea before returning to the river) are caught, together with small runs of Sea trout which are taken during July and August.
For lake fishing permits can be obtained locally. Popular areas for lake fishing are Lough Bofinne, 4km. from Bantry and Lough Avaul, Glengarriff.
Lough Bofinne is situated 3 miles east of the town of Bantry. The development of this lake is a joint one between Bantry Angler's Association and the South Western Regional Fisheries Board. Fish caught here are Rainbow trout which are stocked regularly. Boats may be hired to fishing in this lake.
Upper and Lower Lough Avaul are fresh water lakes located on the road from Glengarriff to Castletownbere. They are well stocked with wild brown and rainbow trout.
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