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Coarse fishing in Mayo and Sligo

The North West is blessed with some of the finest salmon, trout and sea angling in Ireland. There is some coarse angling but it mostly underdeveloped and under utilised. Casual coarse angling is available near Ballymote, Co. Sligo in Templehouse and Cloonacleigha Lakes and the Owenmore River.

Pike and Coarse Fishing

Coarse fish angling is available on a number of small lakes in the region. The main centre is Ballymote, Co. Sligo, where fishing for pike, perch, bream and rudd is available on a number of lakes and on the Owenmore River.

The Pontoon, Kiltimagh, Knock, and Castlebar areas all have lakes in their vicinity with good stocks of Pike and Perch. Lakehill Pond, near Knock, hold a good stock of tench.

The River Moy Catchment

Although famous primarily as a game fishery, the Moy catchment also contains hidden treasures waiting to reveal themselves to the discerning coarse angler. In the Knock and Kiltimagh area, a handful of small and medium size loughs offer good angling for pike, perch, bream, rudd and tench. In 1995 and 1996 Kiltimagh played host to the national pike angling championships and competitors were surprised and delighted with the quality of angling experienced.

Loughs Derryhick and Levally Lake located in the Pontoon area, are quality pike angling venues where fish of fifteen to twenty pounds are caught regularly in the Manulla/Castlebar area, loughs such as Manulla, Washpool and Carrowmore hold pike to fifteen pounds while some of the smaller loughs on the Manulla river system such as Lakelands and even the diminutive Peenogue Lake and Cuiltybo Lough also hold quality pike.

Lakehill Pond, near Knock, holds specimen tench and Lough Naminoo near Balla holds excellent stocks of rudd to specimen weight. Eatons Lake also holds good stocks of coarse fish.

Carrowkeribly Lake between Ballina and Foxford has a healthy stock of pike, perch other coarse fish.

Ballymote Area

The Ballymote area offers a good variety of coarse fishing on the Owenmore River, and on the Ballinascarrow, Cloonacleigha and Andrea loughs.

Owenmore River

The Cluid Stretch is a very accessibe location situated 2 miles outside Ballymote on the Ballinacarrow road. It holds bream, rudd, hybrids and perch. Bags of bream up to 100 lbs have been recorded on this stretch.

The Competition Stretch is 3 miles from Ballymote. It holds large sized bream, hybrids, rudd, pike and perch. It is at its best from June onwards. Big bags of fish have been recorded here. The stretch is famous for its competition facilities and good fishing.

Ballinascarrow Lake

Ballinascarrow Lake is just one mile east of Ballymote. This lake has large stocks of bream, rudd and hybrids. The lake has excellent facilities including a car park, angling stands and stiles.

Ardrea Lake

This is a small lake 2 miles north of Ballymote. It holds large stocks of bream, rudd, hybrids, specimen tench, perch and pike. This lake is very accessible with angling stands along the shore road.

Cloonacleigha Lake

Situated 4 miles west of Ballymote oppposite Templehouse Lake is Cloonacleigha Lake. The lake covers almost 30 acres. There is a slipway for launching boats. Pike over 20lbs are common in this lake.

Templehouse Lake

Templehouse Lake is 4 miles north of Ballymote. This lake is best fished from the Kilbrattan shore. Permission has been granted by Mr. Roderick Perceval to fish for the lakes excellents stock of bream and its pike and rudd. Boats and motors are available to rent from
Mr Perceval, Templehouse
Tel: 071 9183329

Lough Augh, Black Lough and White Lough

Lough Augh, Black Lough and White Lough all hold stocks of pike. Lough Augh is situated about one mile east of Lough Arrow. Black Lough and White Lough are about two miles further east.

Manorhamilton Area

Glenade Lake, Belhavel Lake and Corrigeencor have good stocks of mainly pike and some coarse fish.


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