Westport offers an ideal base for world class deep sea fishing, game and course angling. For the amateur, Carrowbeg River, which runs through the centre of Westport is stocked ever year which makes it a little easier for those who just want to try their hand for the first time. Game and coarse fishing are widely available to the more experienced fisher in the lakes and rivers around the town. Boats, ghilies and equipment can all be booked locally. There are eleven coarse fishing lakes within a few minutes’ drive outside of Westport town, all holding a wide variety of fishing including bream, roach, rudd, perch, eel, pike and roach/bream hybrids. Licenses are essential for trout and salmon fishing but are well worth the effort.
Westport Harbour hosts the Westport International Sea Angling Festival, one of the oldest competitions on the Irish Sea Angling Calendar. There are several purpose-built boats available for hire by individuals or indeed groups that leave the harbour daily, bound for the rich fishing waters of Clew Bay. In the haven of the calm inshore waters ray, bull huss, monkfish, dogfish and occasional tope can be all fished. Boat fishing over the reefs and sand banks allow the possible retrival of cod, coalfish, pollack, ling, whiting and turbot.