This very well developed coarse angling centre has hosted numerous All-Ireland Championships. Ballinamore is situated on the Shannon Erne Waterway amongst the hills of East Leitrim with 28 lakes within a 5 mile radius, plus some 17km of riverbank.
Bream and Roach are the speciality catch in this area - Bream averaging 2.5lbs, going up to 7lb specimens.
Roach run at 8 - 10 ounces, going up to 1.5lbs. Lake Bolganard a short distance from the town produced the current Irish record Bream weighing 12lbs. 3ozs in 1997.
This water is one of a chain of lakes the others being Corgar Lake and Drumlonan Lake both of which contain Tench to specimen size.
Garadice Lake, 1200 acres in size, is one of Ireland's premier waters with big shoals of Bream. It also holds Roach, Hybrids, Rudd, Perch and Pike. Kiltybardan Lake and St John's Lake hold Bream of 1 - 2lbs with Roach and Hybrids also.
Other waters include Ardameenan, Corduff and Willowfield Lakes and Lough Awaddy.
Access to the waters has been well developed with fishing stands, stiles, lakeshore drives and car parks well provided. Bait stockists and boats are available locally.
Ballinamore is internationally renowned for its abundance of coarse angling waters. Being in the centre of Leitrim's lakeland district there are a minimum of 40 lakes within a 10km radius of the town.
Most of the waters can be fished from the shore, however for those who wish to explore further, boats are available locally for hire, for the angler who likes canal fishing, we now have the new beautifully restored Canal, with healthy stocks of Bream, Roach, Tench Perch, Eel, and Pike. Specialised fishing maps, bait and tackle together with "Local Knowledge" are available in the town.
Leitrim is widely acknowledged as an angler's paradise and has hosted numerous national and international angling competitions. The many unpolluted lakes and rivers in County Leitrim support a huge population of wild fish.
Coarse fish species include Bream, Roach, Rudd, Hybrids, Tench, Pike, Perch and Eels. Game fish species include wild Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout.
The county also has a reputation for friendliness and hospitality and the visiting angler can be assured of special attention in comfortable accommodations.