Bandon Angling Association

General Updates

Salmon Life Cycle


Amazing looking at a salmon and thinking of its life history . This fish would have been laid as an egg in autumn/winter 2011. Born spring 2012. Grew up and developed as a parr in the Bandon for 2 years. Migrated as a smolt in spring 2014. Swam up the Norwegian Sea to the Faroe Islands for one winter. Decided one winter wasn't enough and swam over to Greenland for winter 2015. 2016 came around, the Multi Sea Winter adult fish matured and migrated along the north Atlantic Ocean back to its native waters in West Cork to breed the next generation of salmon. Life cycle complete.

Club Newsletter 2017


2018 Newsletter

It’s coming to that time of year again when excitement is growing as we get our fishing tackle in order for the new season ahead. 2017 was very similar to 2016 as we witnessed relatively low rainfall amounts and prolonged dry spells. This, coupled with the dredging downstream of Bandon, restricted angling opportunities from May onwards. As a consequence, many anglers found the season tough going. Nevertheless, those who adapted to circumstances reported very good catches with multi sea winter salmon plentiful in June. A pleasing run of grilse was evident in July and if we had more water sport would have been excellent. Sea trout fishing was curtailed on the lower river meaning the run of fish was difficult to assess as anglers don’t tend to fish upstream regularly. Maybe 2018 will see more fishing effort above Bandon? Brown trout fishing was excellent at times, with nymph fishing picking up many early season fish and dry fly coming into its own on warm summer evenings.

Fishing will continue on as normal for 2018, with opening day on February 15th. This year, we have decided to change proceedings and refreshments will be served on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon, from 7.00pm. As always, we remind anglers to record all salmon and sea trout over 40cm in their logbooks whether they are retained or released, including salmon kelts, baggots and rawners. Also, make sure logbooks are returned by October 19th so accurate figures are collated by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI). The total allowable catch (TAC) for the Bandon has slightly increased for 2018 as anglers have recorded their catches and returned logbooks in an efficient manner. Please continue to do so. Anglers are still permitted to retain 10 salmon/sea trout over 40cm. However, Bandon Angling Association encourages catch and release of both salmon and trout on club waters throughout the season. Although it is not a rule, we would like to encourage single, barbless hooks at the beginning of the season to minimise injury to kelts.

The dates set for payment of club permits are the 6th and 7th of February from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm in the Munster Arms Hotel. Season permit prices for the upcoming season remain the same at €150 and IFI state licenses will also be available for purchase. Payment for state licenses is by cash only. An option for online payment is available for club permits. Please email [email protected] for further information. We would advise all members prompt payment of subs and for administration purposes, a strict deadline has been set for Sunday April 1st. Member permits will not be issued after this date. As usual, when receiving your permit you will also obtain a tag for your jacket/hat. This is a visual aid to help fishery officers, water keepers and anglers alike to identify whether someone should be fishing or not. We must stress this is not a licence and you must still carry your permit. We would also like to remind members that referees are responsible for who they sponsor. Action will be taken against members in breach of rules and their referees.

Weekend patrolling by club members was conducted in a very successful manner last year, with cases of poaching declining over the summer. Remember, it is your river and your sport which you are protecting. We sincerely thank you for all your efforts. If you suspect a non-member is fishing, do not approach them and contact the designated persons whose details are below. Patrols will begin again in the new season.

Bandon Angling Association carried out bank protection works at Deasy’s Turn as a result of a successful application to the IFI Salmon Conservation Fund. This included rock armouring approximately 60m of the north bank. Furthermore, we have been provisionally granted additional funds for spawning stream enhancement work which will be extremely beneficial to our population of trout in particular. This includes fencing, tree coppicing and designating livestock drinking areas.

Water quality will receive a welcome boost on the Bandon this year as planning permission has been granted for the Bandon Watermain and Sewage upgrade, plus the Innishannon Sewage Scheme. Both of these schemes will see a significant improvement in quality of discharges to the river. With regards to water quality degradation as a result of the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme on the lower river, monitoring was conducted throughout the works period. Where parameter limits were exceeded, works were downgraded or halted to prevent injury to aquatic species. For more information on the scheme and a summary of works to date, please visit

This year, we are reviving our former policy of initiating weekend bank clearing parties to improve our club waters fishing potential. Assistant Development Officers have been designated stretches to assess work potential and a Works Maintenance Organiser has been appointed to assemble work groups. We would encourage all members to participate when asked as it affords you an opportunity to get to know the river better and meet new people.

Officers and Committee for 2018

President; Roy Lee. Vice President; Don Carey. Chairman; Robert Smith. Vice Chairman; Sylvester Cotter. Treasurer; Fergal O’Regan. A/Treasurer; David McCann Secretary; Jason Nash. A/Secretary; Shane Deane. Youth Officer; Fergal O’Regan. A/Youth Officer; Ian Walker. Environmental Officer; Jason Nash. Development Officer; Barrie O’Mahony. P.R Officer; David Forde.


David Forde, Denis Fahey, Mansfield Wagner, Tim O’Brien, Don Ring, Anthony Buckley, Brian Warren, Shane Deane, Phil Dewey, Trevor O’Mahony, Ian Walker, Michael Waugh and Noel Scanlon.

Designated Members for Reporting Pollution/Poaching

David Forde; 089-707 0552. Dave McCann; 086-258 7802. Jason Nash; 085-116 7865.


Email: [email protected]

Club Mobile: 086-3724358

Dermot Long - Fisheries Officer: 087-4199870

Environmental Officer: 085-1167865/ [email protected]

Secretary’s Address: Shippool, Innishannon, Co. Cork.

Tight Lines!

Jason Nash,
Honorary Secretary.

Think Conservation, Enjoy the Bandon River.

Membership Form


Bandon River Tributaries


As promised in our last post, please find the following video attached. This footage was captured on a variety of tributaries flowing into the Bandon River over the last couple of weeks. Monitoring spawning across the catchment is extremely important as it gives us an idea of fish numbers, what areas are important for spawning and what areas may need enhancement in order to improve spawning opportunities for trout and salmon. Enjoy!!

Trout Spawning


Great showing of trout spawning on the Bandon tributaries lately. During the year we raked gravel on sections of some tributaries as siltation was a problem. We are now seeing trout spawning in areas where we haven't been seeing them the last few years. We hope to fix the source of silt over the coming year in order to significantly enhance trout/salmon spawning and nursery habitat. Video of trout on redds to follow in the coming weeks.