Vicarstown on the Grand Canal
Fishing on the Grand Canal is exceptional and offers superb sport from quiet reed-fringed banks with a chance to catch tench, rudd, roach, bream, hybrids, perch and an increasing number of small carp. In Laois we claim to have the most abundant stocks along the Barrow Line of the canal running through Rathangan, Monasterevin, Vicarstown and the market town of Athy before it joins the River Barrow.
The canal is renowned for its perch stocks. A quiet road runs along the canal for mile-upon-mile and there are plenty of spots with reeded banks and beds of lily pads that simply “scream” fish and all you have to do is pull over and start fishing! You can expect bream, rudd, hybrids, tench, perch, eels and an increasing number of roach and dace.