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The top salmon rivers in Ireland. Table of rod catches 2000 to 2007

image The top salmon rivers in Ireland. Table of rod catches 2000 to 2007

Here are the 21st century salmon rod catches from the rivers of the Republic of Ireland. The trend is generally steady over the period but with the drift net closures we expect great improvement from 2008 and beyond! The rivers are ranked on the basis of their average catch from 2001 onwards. Click on the headers of the table below to re-order the figures to make your own judgments.

 

River
Rank
Region
Avg 7yr
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
Trend
2007
v avg
Max
Min
Moy
1
North Western
7,419
7,285
10,524
6,908
8,120
6,675
6,465
5,956
-30%
-20%
10,524
5,956
Blackwater (Munster)
2
Southern
2,520
2,281
3,250
1,750
2,465
1,743
2,088
4,060
29%
61%
4,060
1,743
Ballysadare
3
North Western
1,272
1,585
1,453
1,014
1,467
1,247
1,201
938
-31%
-26%
1,585
938
Corrib
4
Western
969
1,142
748
869
942
900
1,202
983
11%
1%
1,202
748
Nore
5
Southern
816
301
1,024
526
777
593
463
2,029
237%
149%
2,029
301
Feale
6
Shannon
802
289
581
287
1,044
947
482
1,986
574%
148%
1,986
287
Laune
7
South Western
800
634
665
484
684
638
869
1,626
180%
103%
1,626
484
Suir
8
Southern
756
304
585
433
975
954
409
1,634
287%
116%
1,634
304
Owenmore
9
North Western
733
561
1,021
607
634
542
704
1,059
26%
45%
1,059
542
Lee (Cork)
10
South Western
727
1,045
542
589
528
492
526
1,364
28%
88%
1,364
492
Drowes
11
Northern
601
520
488
477
561
714
612
834
68%
39%
834
477
Boyne
12
Eastern
562
476
542
597
665
749
345
Closed
1%
N/A
749
345
Bandon
13
South Western
491
438
288
556
627
440
444
644
43%
31%
644
288
Slaney
14
Eastern
401
391
366
443
451
303
452
Closed
5%
N/A
452
303
Owenea
15
Northern
371
578
365
267
362
340
334
349
-33%
-6%
578
267
Bundorragha (Delphi)
16
Western
363
716
225
387
260
162
466
328
-42%
-10%
716
162
Easky
17
North Western
358
445
406
262
348
300
272
473
-8%
32%
473
262
Shannon/Mulkear
18
Shannon
356
306
489
335
319
298
83
659
14%
85%
659
83
Eriff
19
Western
287
506
400
247
221
166
244
222
-64%
-23%
506
166
Eany water
20
Northern
282
271
341
268
157
302
346
290
8%
3%
346
157
Duff
21
Northern
271
396
267
228
212
230
271
295
-21%
9%
396
212
Barrow
22
Southern
263
303
459
280
193
189
152
Closed
-62%
N/A
459
152
Owenduff (Glenamong)
23
North Western
260
159
325
271
253
238
289
286
26%
10%
325
159
Cummeragh /Currane/ Waterville
24
South Western
242
344
234
235
204
170
247
257
-23%
6%
344
170
Crana
25
Northern
190
221
197
85
151
202
131
346
51%
82%
346
85
Roughty
26
South Western
185
182
174
115
252
189
163
218
20%
18%
252
115
Caragh
27
South Western
166
131
217
136
118
125
173
264
48%
59%
264
118
Gweebarra
28
Northern
129
98
217
90
149
88
117
145
-10%
12%
217
88
Glen (N)
29
Northern
125
155
132
111
88
95
91
200
7%
61%
200
88
Clady
30
Northern
120
261
156
113
99
70
116
24
-85%
-80%
261
24
Garvogue
31
North Western
114
174
78
105
97
116
114
Closed
-22%
N/A
174
78
Ilen
32
South Western
102
120
96
91
104
71
81
149
8%
46%
149
71
Blackwater (Kerry)
33
South Western
97
286
62
53
66
94
56
65
-82%
-33%
286
53
Owenglin (Clifden)
34
Western
85
42
93
78
50
91
83
158
151%
86%
158
42
Maine
35
South Western
83
304
50
17
53
25
51
Closed
-106%
N/A
304
17
Leannan
36
Northern
83
54
61
71
113
53
145
Closed
138%
N/A
145
53
Fane
37
Eastern
80
55
80
30
126
73
14
184
132%
129%
184
14
Sneem
38
South Western
79
241
88
41
32
25
21
103
-87%
31%
241
21
Ray
39
Northern
74
184
141
16
43
17
43
Closed
-101%
N/A
184
16
Dawros
40
Western
73
74
84
46
68
49
56
135
47%
85%
135
46
Drumcliff
41
North Western
65
69
58
59
69
54
52
94
21%
45%
94
52
Newport r. (L.beltra)
42
North Western
64
49
99
69
86
43
60
42
-35%
-34%
99
42
Tullaghobegly
43
Northern
61
78
69
36
103
47
39
55
-34%
-10%
103
36
Dee
44
Eastern
52
46
92
40
55
57
23
Closed
-44%
N/A
92
23
Lackagh
45
Northern
48
15
54
43
71
61
46
Closed
86%
N/A
71
15
Burrishoole/ Strahmore/
Lough Furnace
46
Northern
48
36
15
20
64
22
51
130
752%
169%
130
15
Screebe
47
Western
48
18
31
23
26
15
88
133
12055%
179%
133
15
Bunowen (Clew Bay)
48
Western
48
103
67
37
50
36
16
24
-87%
-50%
103
16
Ballynahinch
49
Western
45
39
38
28
66
8
34
99
115%
122%
99
8
Glyde
50
Eastern
43
15
43
63
36
70
33
Closed
62%
N/A
70
15
Coomhola
51
South Western
41
61
70
24
50
20
16
45
-59%
10%
70
16
Glenamoy
52
North Western
39
25
42
22
29
59
56
43
96%
9%
59
22
Gweedore
53
Northern
33
20
64
23
38
27
26
Closed
-25%
N/A
64
20
Cashla/Fermoyle
54
Western
25
32
24
15
22
19
15
49
37%
95%
49
15
All Rivers
n/a  
 
24,063
24,412
28,192
19,982
24,783
21,207
20,935
28,928
0%
20%
28,928
19,982

Notes:

Only rivers that average 25 salmon or more since year 2001 have been included in this table.

Several rivers were closed for rod & line fishing in 2007.

Trend = This tells us whether or not the river is improving or deteriorating as a salmon river (since 2000) and how fast the change is. 50% (more) means the catches have increased by half as much again since 2000 e.g. 100 to 150 (coloured blue-green). -50% means they have halved (coloured red). These are not absolute values but are taken from a linear line of best-fit which provides a good way to judge trends.

2007 v Avg = This tells us if 2007 was a good, average or poor season for each river. The figure compares the 2007 catch against the 7 year average.

Trend: The rod & line catches for the whole country show a steady trend for the period 2001 to 2007. We expect this to rise appreciably in the coming years following the commercial netting ban.




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