Angling is one of the main attractions for visitors to County Laois as there are so many scenic locations for those who wish to get away from it all. Two of the main rivers in Ireland run through Laois – the Nore and the Barrow (which rises in the Slieve Blooms) among other rivers. Laois is also renowned for the Grand Canal and its many well-stocked lakes.

The game and coarse angler are well catered for in this hidden haven in the heart of Ireland . The river Barrow is well known as a game and coarse angling river for salmon, brown trout, roach, rudd, perch and tench. The river Nore provides excellent fishing and has good pike and salmon stocks. Coarse anglers are spoilt for choice between canals, rivers and a vast number of scenic lakes.

There are over 10 lakes in Laois situated in the most scenic of surroundings – Grantstown Lake near Ballacolla, Rathadaire Lake, near Vicarstown, Ballinakill Lakes on the Laois/Kilkenny border and Stradbally Lake to name but a few. Little Bog Lake is situated at The Heath, one of the most historic sites in Ireland . The angler will enjoy excellent fishing at the very picturesque locations at icarstown and Fisherstown, situated on the Grand canal. One can also enjoy some refreshment in the local pubs nearby! Permits can be obtained locally, in shops and pubs r by contacting your accommodation provider. There is an abundance of local or regular visiting fellow devotees to advise on the best places to fish in Laois.

For Further Information on Fishing in Laois a fully comprehensive guide to angling in Laois is available from the Portlaoise Tourist Office on  T: +353 (0)57 8621178 or find out more online at or

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