The Royal Canal is well known for fishing – just ask any of the Herons that can regularly be seen standing perfectly still on its banks, stalking their prey. Due to And if you’re really lucky, and really quiet, you might have some competition from a kingfisher!

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Due to it’s nature and relative shallowness, the Canal is known to be a challenging environment for anglers, but patience and skill will be rewarded. Species include Roach, Rudd, Bream, Perch, and Pike, with a smattering of Eel, Tench and Carp, although you might need to find a friendly local or two to help you find them! The Royal Canal is also home to some

Fisheries on the Royal Canal are managed for Waterways Ireland by Inland Fisheries Ireland. More information can be found here.