The Zetland Private Fisheries 

The Gowla Fishery is situated in Central Connemara amongst some of the most beautiful and tranquil landscapes, where sea trout and salmon angling is long renowned for its superb quality and excitement.

The Fishery has long been a favourite destination for anglers in search of top quality angling and consists of loughs and several miles of river, providing a wide choice for the sea trout angler, interested in lough or river fishing.

The Zetland Hotel owns the freehold and controls the Gowla & Athry Fisheries in there entirity. Accommodation at the Zetland Hotel is of the highest standard, and angling guests are assured of the utmost care and personal attention. Angling guests will receive a reduction in rod rates, if staying at the Zetland Hotel.

The average weight for sea trout, from the Gowla River, and Gowla Loughs, is over 1lb but trout up to 6lbs are always present with a good stock of fish between two and four pounds.

The Gowla Fishery

The Gowla is one of the best Sea Trout Fisheries in the West of Ireland, and consists of two chains of Loughs, which are drained by the Owengowla River. The Gowla River is three and a half miles in length, and has four beats which accommodate eight rods.

The beats are close to two roadways. The Gowla River can provide excellent sea trout and salmon fishing, from mid June onwards.

Gowla Lough is famous for its stock of sea trout & salmon from late June onwards. The lough has three boats which accommodate two rods each. There is a lunch shelter with cooking facilities beside the car park on the loughs shore.

Mannions Lough, situated on the west branch of the system is renowned for its sea trout stocks and can give excellent fishing from late June onwards. There is one boat for two rods on the lough.

Above Gowla Lough there are three loughs known as Redman's Lough, White's Lough and Lough Annillaun. All three are excellent sea trout waters, which are serviced, with a boat each to accommodate six rods in total.

The Athry Fishery

The fishery consists of 7 lakes including a lake stocked with rainbow trout. This fishery also contains sea trout & Salmon. There are 6 boats available. Please ask for details.

The season begins on the 1st of February - 12th of October.

 All of our lakes in both fisheries have huge natural stocks of brown trout.


Outboards are not permitted. There is a size limit of 10 inches for trout fly fishing only.

Gowla River                    4 beats, 8 rods

Gowla Lough                   3 Boats, 6 rods

Mannions Lough              1 Boat, 2 rods

Redman's Lough             1 Boat, 2 rods

White's Lough                1 Boat, 2 rods

Annillaun Lough             1 Boat, 2 rods



For your fishing brochure please contact Colm Redmond at the Zetland by calling +353 95 31111 or by e-mailing him at [email protected].

 Satelite Navigation Co-ordinates                     N    53 24.915'

                                                              W 00947.722'

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Zetland Country House Hotel, Cashel Bay, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0) 95 31111
Fax: +353 (0) 95 31117
Email: [email protected]