Coarse fishing in the Erne Catchment and Donegal

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Erne Catchment and Donegal

The angler visiting the the Erne Catchment will find a rich variety of waters which offer unlimited opportunities to pursue a variety of coarse fish species.

These lakes and rivers have good stocks of Bream, Roach, Rudd, Pike, Perch and Eels. Many also contain Roach x Bream and Rudd x Bream Hybrids and some contain Tench to specimen size.

There is a water here to suit all tastes. The angler seeking large open waters with the promise of outstanding bags of Bream and Roach can choose from the wider stretches of the River Erne or large lakes such as Gowna, Oughter, Garadice, Sillan,Upper Lough Erne, Lough McNean or Assaroe Lake.

Those in search of somewhere more intimate and secluded will find many smaller lakes and stretches of rivers which have plenty of fish to keep them occupied. Typical of these are lakes in the Pettigo area of south Donegal which during a recent survey were found to contain plentiful stocks of coarse fish.

Specimen hunters in search of large Tench,Bream and Pike will find many waters where their efforts will be rewarded.This is an unexplored aspect of coarse angling in the Upper Erne and surveys have revealed waters with specimen fish which are never hooked.

The specialist match angler is offered many opportunities to participate in the numerous three and four day angling festivals organised by the local angling and tourist associations and the major international events such as the King of Clubs and King of Clubs Benelux.

Details of all the principal events are published in the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (N.C.F.F.I.) Calender of Events.

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North Longford

Co. Longford

Gortermone lake, Lough Nebelwy Clooncose lough (Shannon Region) Lower Lough Gowna(Dring)

Very good general coarse fishing from small lakes with good catches of bream, roach and tench recorded from prebaited swims with daily catches between 50 to 100 lbs per day often reported. Very good bank fishing from several shore lines in lower Lough Gowna near Dring.

Arva

Co. Cavan (including Lough Gowna village)

Lough Gowna, (Many stretches) Hollybank

Lake Very good general coarse fishing and competition stretches on many of the stretches of Lough Gowna. Very popular annual festival held every September. All angling methods work here.

Carrigallen

Co. Leitrim

Gulladoo Lake, Cullies Lake, Tully Lake

Very good general coarse fishing and good competition stretches. Fine bream, hybrid and roach fishing particularly on Gulladoo.

Killeshandra

Co. Cavan

Town Lake, Tullyguide Lake, Lough Oughter (Eonish)

Very good general coarse fishing and good competition stretches on the many developed lakes which have good access and some stands. Many festivals held annually including the King of Clubs competition.

Cavan

Co. Cavan

Lough Oughter – at Killykeen, Rann, Innisconnell and Innismuck. Sally’s Lake, Lough Inchin, River Annalee

Very good general coarse fishing and competition stretches in the Lough Oughter complex of lakes and rivers. Many festivals held annually including the UK King of Clubs. There is some good carp in Sally’s Lake in Killykeen forest park.

Belturbet
(including Redhills)

Co. Cavan

River Erne at Belturbet and Baker’s Bridge, Putiaghan Lake, Bun lake, Derryvoney Lake, Shannon Erne Waterway

Very good general coarse fishing and competition stretches on the river and lake. Excellent annual festival held here. Good information on productive swims available from local tackle shop. Very good tench & general fishing below the town and in Putiaghan and Bun lake. There are stands on these lakes.

Ballyconnell
(including Bawnboy)

Co. Cavan

Shannon Erne Waterway, Killywilly Lake, Blackley Lake, Derrycassan Lake, Coologue Lake

Very good general coarse fishing on nearby lakes and on the Shannon Erne waterway. Boats available for hire to find some of the best inaccessible swims along the system.

Ballinamore

Co. Leitrim

Garadice Lake, Shannon Erne Waterway, Lough Scur, Drumlonan, Corgar and Bolganard Lakes, Drumlaheen lake

Very good general coarse fishing and some excellent competition stretches on many shores around Lough Garadice and Lough Scur. Specimen tench and occasional bream can be found in the small developed lakes in the area e.g. Drumlonan, Corgar and Bolganard Lakes. Stretches along the Shannon Erne waterway near the locks are recommended.

 

Cootehill

Co. Cavan

Gulladoo Lake, Cullies Lake, Tully Lake Dromore River and lakes, Killyvahan Lake, Drumlona Lake, Annamakerrig Lake, Lisnalong Lake.

Very good general coarse fishing and competition stretches with excellent annual festival held here. Huge network of developed lakes offering a wide variety of fishing for bream, hybrids and roach. Good information on productive swims available from the tackle shop in the area.

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