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Fishing in Wicklow

Wicklow is renowned for its magnificent views and landscape. Wicklow also has a large number of rivers, lakes, coast line and fish farms. Avon Rí been based on  the Blessington lake and it has the biggest lake in Wicklow.

Course Angling season is open from November to the end of September with stocks of roach, perch and pike been caught. The Brown Trout season is only open from March to the end of September. The lake is stocked with about 10,000 brown and rainbow trout each year.

At Avon Rí we have a number of fishing boats for hire with 4hp or 5hp engines which can be hired for a half day, full day or a week.

The lake is the largest reservoir (4,000 acres) in Ireland. It has 50 miles of shoreline with many inlets and bays which offer the angler excellent coarse and pike fishing. The lake is controlled and managed by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and a permit for all types of fishing is required (these can be purchased at Avon Rí). The lake is open for coarse & pike angling all year round except for the month of October. Fishing with white maggots only is allowed. There is a total catch and release policy for pike and all coarse fish on this water.

So to get you out on the water Avon Rí can provide everything you need for a great day of fishing and exploring the lakes :

Fishing Boat hire


We have a number of fishing boats for hire at Avon Rí.
  • €50 for a half day
  • €80 for a full day
  • €200 for a Week
  • €5.00 per day
  • €15.00 per week
  • €30.00 for a month
Instruction will be given and all safety equipment provided

Rods & Reels are available from some of the shops in Blessington and also from Tallaght Rod and Gun. Information and contact details are available on request from Avon Ri Adventure Centre.

Note : From 1st November only coarse fishing is allowed on the lake, no game fishing. Boats are not available from October - March.