Fishing on the Grand Canal

The Grand Canal holds good stocks of coarse fish, especially Pike, Bream, Perch and eels and are well distributed throughout the Canal.


The Grand Canal flows westward from Edenderry, through Tullamore to Shannon Harbour in Co Offaly where it joins the main River Shannon. It has a width of 12 meters and an average depth of about 1.5 meters. Bream average 2lbs with some to 4lbs or more. Perch are generally very small averaging from 0.25 to 0.5lbs. Pike of moderate size are quite plentiful averaging 2lbs to 6lbs with some larger fish present. Over recent years roach have moved into many parts of the Canal and are now widely distributed.