Westport is the ideal destination for those looking to enjoy both game and coarse fishing in idyllic and plentiful surroundings. For example 11 coarse fishing lakes are a leisurely drive from Westport town centre. Boats, ghillies and equipment can all be booked locally giving you access to a wide variety of fresh water species such as bream, roach, rudd, perch, eel and pike. Loughs Corrib, Mask, Carra and Conn Bay are generally regarded as some of the greatest wild brown trout fisheries in the world and are all easy to access by car. Although a license is needed to fish both trout and salmon, those enthusiastic enough are guaranteed a truly unique and rewarding experience. For the amateur however, the Carrowbeg River which runs through the centre of Westport is an excellent location for beginners to try their luck particularly as its stock is replenished annually increasing the chances of an impressive catch. Children can also fish here for free.
Westport also caters exceptionally well to sea anglers. Clew Bay is recognised as being amongst the top salt water fisheries in Europe and it is easy to see why given that almost every species of fish found in Irish waters has at some point been recorded here. These include ray, bull huss, monkfish, dogfish and tope which can all be found in the peaceful inshore waters amongst Clew Bay’s reputed 365 islands. Here boats can be chartered by individuals or groups, allowing you to also explore reefs and sand banks where you can expect to see varieties such as cod, coalfish, pollack, ling, whiting and turbot. Perhaps the most impressive however is the blue shark which can be caught in July and August just west of Clare Island.
The town is also host to one of the oldest competitions on the Irish Sea Angling Calendar the Westport International Sea Angling Festival. Held annually in June and in its 51st year this festival is possibly the longest-running Sea Angling event in Europe attracting sea anglers from all over the world.