The Mulcair River is a tributary of the River Shannon, joining the Shannon near Annacotty. It is a spate river, comprising of approximately 32 kms of fishable water and subject to sudden variations in water levels. This fishery is an important salmon and trout angling water. It is popular both as a fly and spinning fishing river.
Note: Salmon angling on the Mulcair is permitted on a "Catch and Release" basis only. All salmon must be carefully handled and immediately returned to the wild. It is prohibited to use or attempt to use worms as bait or any fish hook other than a single barbless hook.
The best times for salmon fishing at Mulcair River are from late spring, through summer to September. Optimum grilse fishing is from mid-June through to September, when water levels permit and especially during wet summers as the grilse can move more quickly. In drier conditions, salmon angling is dependent on the occasional flood. Noted optimum salmon fishing spots have been found below Annacotty weir; below Annacotty Bridge at Lanes Weir; and upstream of Annacotty at Ballyclough.
The fishery holds very good stock of small brown trout on the upper stretches of the river up to the Bilboa River, Cappaghmore. On the main river, trout of 25 cm to 35 cm can be frequently caught.
1st March to 30th September
There is good access to Mulcair river with roads running parallel to both banks. Recognised entrances along the left bank and at the bridges from Annacotty include: Abbington, Brittas, Kileenagarriff, Dromkeen and Cappamore Bridges.
Car parking available at Longfield and Abbington.