Welcome to the Website of the Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers’ Association.

 Ballymore Eustace Village (populatation 820, 2011 Census) is situated in County Kildare on the banks of the River Liffey and the parish (population 1475, 2011 Census) also extends into County Wicklow. We are blessed that the River Liffey, Poulaphouca Reservoir and Golden Falls Lake are on our doorstep. The Wicklow mountains and Dublin City are only a short distance away. There are many attractions in the area including Horse Racing at Punchestown, the Curragh and Naas, Golf Courses within a 5 mile radius, Water Skiing at Golden Falls and many other water sport activities on Poulaphouca Reservoir. There is a long tradition of GAA (Kildare and Leinster Intermediate Football Champions 2010) and Handball (World Champions) in Ballymore Eustace.

If angling is your sport, then welcome to paradise.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website

The Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers' Association (TSAA) has a written Constitution and Rules.

The objects of the Association are:
to promote, develop and foster angling in the water under its control;
to assist in the protection and preservation of waters and generally exert its influence for the betterment of the sport;
the protection and improvement of the Trout and Salmon habitat such as spawning gravels and bankside cover:
The protection and improvement of the Local Biodiversity


Angling is a method of fishing by means of an "angle" (fish hook). The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and paying out the line. The hook itself can be dressed with various materials to represent aquatic insects (fish food) or small fish (also larger fish food). This is an art in itself and is referred to as ‘fly tying’.

Angling is the principal method of sport fishing, but commercial fisheries also use angling methods such as longlining or trolling. Catch and release fishing is increasingly practiced by recreational fishermen and is encouraged by the Ballymore Eustace TSAA. In Ireland and many parts of the world, size limits apply to certain species, meaning fish below and/or above a certain size must, by law, be released.

The River Liffey at Ballymore Eustace has a good stock of brown trout and the occasional pike. Angling for salmon on the River Liffey is prohibited by law due to the decrease in salmon stocks and will continue to be prohibited until the Conservation Limit of 4000 salmon entering the Liffey system to spawn each year is achieved. A tall ask as less than 1000 salmon are currently entering the system each year. Also, as a precaution against a salmon being accidently hooked when angling for trout, single barbless hooks must be used.

Our water of Golden Falls Lake is a ‘put and take’ trout fishery and holds some excellent pike.

The pike bye law no. 809 (2006) provides for the following conservation measures: a bag limit of 1 pike in any one day, prohibits the killing of any pike greater than 50 cm in length, prohibits the possession by any person of more than 1 whole pike less than 50 cm. One aspect of the new bye law is that a pike over the specimen weight of 20 lbs. (9.072 Kg.) for a river fish and 30 lbs. (13.608 Kg.) for a lake fish are now protected and cannot be killed as in the previous bye law.

Angling for eel is also prohibited by law

Important message for our members. Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers' Association's waters on the Liffey and Golden Falls Lake are now open to members. There are now no COVID-19 travel limit restrictions. All other COVID -19 restrictions still apply e.g. social distance, outdoor gatherings etc. Thanking all for their co-operation.

See Liffey releases