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Lough Melvin and River Drowes - Drowes Estuary
Bundoran, Co. Donegal
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Free car parking
Cloudy days
The Drowes Fishery is located in Bundoran, County Donegal and is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon fisheries. It consists of the River Drowes and over 70 pools in the area.

The River Drowes is around five miles long with over 70 pools. It flows from Lough Melvin and enters the sea just outside Bundoran in County Donegal. The river is a good spring and summer salmon fishery, producing over 1,000 fish a year. Sea trout only run in small numbers but it holds good stocks of brown trout.

Lough Melvin is a beautiful unspoilt lough famous for the diversity and number of salmon that inhabit it. The Lough has salmon, char, brown trout, gillaroo, ferox and sonaghan. The sonaghan is sub species of brown trout that only occurs in Lough Melvin. This little fish, although only growing to around 2.5lb, puts up a great fight.

Tips from locals

The Drowes opens on the 1st January every year and the first salmon of the New Year is always caught here.

Contact details
Inland Fisheries Ireland - Ballyshannon,Station Road,,Ballyshannon,Co Donegal
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