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Castleblaney Angling Centre

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan is la well established angling centre which is located on the shores of the magnificent Lough Muckno. There are also a number of smaller lakes surrounding this centre including the Gas Lake, Smith’s Lake, Malone’s Lake and Killygola and these together with Lough Muckno provide the angler with a wide variety  and choice of quality angling venues.

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Lough Muckno is located off the N2 on the eastern side of Castleblaney and is the largest lake in the area. It covers an area of circa 325 hectares with depths to 20m. There are a number of excellent shore fishing locations on this lake which can be readily accessed by pike anglers. The main pike fishing locations including White Island, Black and Yellow Island, South Lodge and Toome Point. This lake holds excellent stocks of small to medium sized pike with many fish in excess 20lbs being taken every year. This fantastic water has also produced a number of fish over 30lbs.

White Island is accessed through the gates to Hope Castle to the east of the town. This is a popular pike fishing location and many good fish are taken annually. Fishing in this area is to about 6m on the eastern shore and there is a shelf along which the pike patrol as you fish towards black island.  Coarse anglers are often plagued by pike during pleasure and match sessions. This is a good location for legered dead baits, sink and draw or float fishing techniques.  Pike are also taken regularly at the point of the island. There is excellent parking available in the field but anglers must be aware that the access road is liable to flooding during certain periods of the year. The field and the margins of the lake can also be soft and slippery especially after rain.

Black and Yellow Island is accessed as for White Island. Stay left on the roadway and you will find parking for your vehicle next to the wooden bridge across the river.  There is no vehicular access across the bridge. There is a walkway through the wooded area that leads to a number of fishing pegs on the right and left. It is a pleasant walk but the advice is to travel light.  Anglers can expect to fish into depths of 5m to 7m in this area. A slipway close to the bridge allows anglers to launch boats at this point but take care of the step which can drop off suddenly.

Concra Wood is located by turning right off the N2 onto the N53 as you enter Castleblaney. After approximately 1.5km there is a signposted lane-way to the left which indicates the way to this location. There are many swims in this area and it is a popular competition venue. Fishing is generally into depths of 3m to 4m. but depths to 9m are possible off the Belfast steps. This area produces great catches of quality roach but all the other species listed are regularly taken. There is a golf course adjacent to this area so please take care when accessing this area and respect other users. Legered dead-baits can produce results off the Belfast Steps and spinning and floated dead-baits can prove effective at Concra.

South Lodge is accessed, as for Concra Wood except the left turn is located 2.5km along the N53. This turn is signposted and takes you directly to the lakeside. This is an excellent fishing venue located close to the road and is a suitable for disabled anglers or those with reduced mobility. Fishing on the inside of the islands is to around 5m to 6m. This venue regularly produces good pike but it can be busy. There is excellent roadside car parking in this location. There is a slipway here where boats can be launched giving access to all other parts of the lake.

Toome Point is directly across from south point and is best accessed from the same direction. Access is through a gateway at the end of the promontory. This shoreline is clear and anglers can expect to locate depths from 3m to 8m. Please check access locally.

Fishing by boat is a magnificent way to explore Lough Muckno  which has a fantastic design and and contains many bays, islands and drop offs. The are some shallow areas on which boats can run aground so please follow safe boating practices and always wear a life jacket. Trolling lures and float trolling dead-baits regularly produce fish and casting on the drift will also produce results. Anglers a liable to hit fish in most parts of the lake.

The Gas Lake is located on the northern end of Castleblaney on the R181 Keady road and is really an extension of Lough Muckno to which a short river connects it. Access is best from the western side from the Keady road. Fishing stands are provided to facilitate anglers but these may be partially covered during high water conditions. This lake covers an area of x hectares with depths to xm. It contains good stocks of bream, roach, hybrids, tench and pike. This is a popular fishery due to its proximity to the town.

Boats can be hired locally and guide services are available at   www.fishinginireland.info/guides/monaghan.htm

Malone’s Lake or Corrinshigo Lough covers an area of 4 hectares with depths up to 4m. Stands are provided and parking is on the roadside. Anglers should take care on this busy road. The lake contains stocks small to medium sized pike. Deadbaiting and spinning produce best results.

Killygola Lake, is located approximately 2km north of Castleblaney on the R181 Keady Road. Parking is limited on this road and anglers should exercise great caution. The margins of the lake are very soft and treacherous in places and access is limited. The best chance of access is on the eastern shore from the Keady road. This lake holds stocks of small to medium sized pike.

Carrickmacross

Carrickmacross town is surrounded by a host of lakes, which produce excellent catches annually. Venues to the east of the town include Monalty Lake, Lough na Glack, Lisanisk, Capragh, Corcrin, Spring Lough and Lisnashannagh. Lough Fea is located to the west with Descart, Clonturk, Reilly’s, Rahans and Derry Lough lying to the south of the town.

Monalty Lake is accessed from the R178 Dundalk to Carrickmacross road and  covers an area of 16 hectares with depths to 6m. This lake holds good stocks of small to medium sized pike with occasional larger fish in excess of 20lbs. Pike feed well on this lakes stocks of roach, bream, hybrids and eels. The lake is reed fringed and best access is located on the eastern shoreline. Boats can be launched with difficulty. It is possible to spin, dead bait and sink and draw from the bank but the best fishing is obtained from a boat. Trolling of artificial lures and row trolling dead baits produces best results. Fly fishing also produces excellent results. Roadside car parking is available.

Lough na Glack is accessed from the R178 Dundalk to Carrickmacross Road and covers approximately 12 hectares. It is quite a shallow lake but depths to 7m are located in the north eastern quadrant of the lake. Depths elsewhere in the lake range from 3m to 5m. This is an excellent pike fishery but has a luxuriant weed growth. Stands are located on the northern shoreline adjacent to the Carrickmacross to Dundalk road. Boats can be launched at the bottom of the access lane way which is best accessed from the Dundalk direction. Cars can also be parked in this area.

Lisanisk is located in the town of Carrickmacross and is a small 5 hectare lake with a maximum depth of 2.5m. This lake is best know for its carp and coarse fish but it does contain some pike. Lisanisk has a very weedy bottom and is best fished by float or popped up dead bait. A number of stands and car park are provided on the western shoreline. 

Corcrin Lake covers 3 hectares approximately and has depths to 6m. This lake contains stocks of small to medium sized pike. Parking is difficult on the narrow road at the norther shore of the lake. A number of fishing stands have been provided on the northern shoreline.

Spring Lough this is reportedly a good pike fishery and covers an area of 14 hectares with depths to 6m. You will find deep water off the rod tip if fishing from the shore but spaces are limited. A small road runs from the west of the lake right to its southern shoreline but access is difficult. This lake is reed fringed and overgrown in places and it is best fished from a boat. It may be difficult to gain access to this water due to gates on the access lane way.

Capragh Lake is located on the R179 Carrickmacross to Crossmaglen road. It covers an area of approximately 12 hectares and has depths ranging from 3m to 12m. It contains excellent stocks of small to medium sized pike with occasional bigger pike also being taken. Pike anglers will also find it possible to launch a boat at this venue. There is good access all around the lake and fishing stands have been provided to facilitate shore angling. This lake produces pike to 20lbs. All methods will produce results at this scenic venue.

Lough Fea is a 36 hectare private fishery. Day permits can be purchased at the lodge house for a nominal fee. This lake contains good stocks of pike. Boats are not permitted on this water. Permission can be sought locally but access can not always be secured.

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Drumconrath

Drumconrath Village is surrounded by a number of small to medium sized lakes and is only a short journey from many of the other angling centres mentioned above. Lakes in the area include Corstown Lake, Ballyhoe lakes 1 and 2, Mentrim lakes, Lough Bracken and Balrath lake

Mentrim Lake covers approximately 4 hectares and has been developed to a high standard with depths to 5m. The lake holds good stocks of bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, tench, perch, pike and eels with bream and hybrids to specimen size (7.5lbs and 3lbs respectively)

Corstown Lake, leaving Drumconrath on the R165 to Kingscourt, turn right for Carrickmacross at the top of the town. Corstown is located approximately 1.25kms outside Drumconrath on the right hand side of the road. The lake is sign posted and a small roadway of 1km takes you to the lakeshore where you will find good parking. This lake covers an area of 12 hectares and has excellent fishing stands on the northern, southern and eastern shorelines. The lake is a good match fishing venue and has depths to 8.5m with the deepest area located in the northeastern quadrant. The lake holds good stocks of pike, bream, roach, hybrids, perch and eels.

Rahan’s Lake, covers an area of 25 hectares with depths ranging from 1m to 6.5m. The deepest area being the central area at the northern end of the lake. Rahan contains good stocks of pike as well as roach, bream, hybrids, tench and perch. Stands and good car parking are available. It is also possible to launch a boat from the slipway.

Descart Lake covers an area of 8 hectares with depths varying from .5m to 4.5m with the deepest area located in the North East quadrant of the lake. There are some stands on the South East shoreline and a number of swims have also been cut. Some of the shoreline on this lake is extremely soft. The lake holds good stocks of pike, roach, rudd, bream, hybrids, tench and perch.

Reilly’s Lake is a 1 hectare lake. Fishing stands are in place. It contains some pike as well as rudd to specimen size and stocks of roach, bream, hybrids and perch.

Clonturk Lake covers an area of 1 hectare with depths to 3m. It contains stocks of pike, roach and bream and large stocks of tench. Access is by way of a laneway and anglers are requested not to park in this laneway. A number of fishing stands are in place on the western shoreline

Lisnashannagh covers an area of approximately 2 hectares with depths to 5m. This lake holds stocks of pike, roach, perch and carp and good stocks of bream, tench and rudd to specimen size. Parking is limited. The margins of the lake are extremely soft so anglers should ensure they fish from a solid bank. A number of fishing stands have been provided by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board. Local contact: Peadar O’Brien, Lakewood, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan. Tel: 00 353 42 9663207

Balrath Lake covers an area of about 1 hectare with depths to 3.5m. It holds reasonable stocks of small fish including pike, bream, roach, rudd, hybrids and perch.

Ballyhoe Lakes: Ballyhoe 1 covers approximately 11 hectares and depths from 3.5m to 4m with the deepest area just south of centre. This lake can be weeded in summer so float methods can produce the best results. Feeder methods work well earlier in the season. This lake holds good stocks of pike, bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, perch, tench and eels.

Ballyhoe Lakes: Ballyhoe 2 covers an area of 16 hectares with depths to 8m. The deepest area is in the North Eastern quadrant. The Lagan river that flows from Ballyhoe 2 also holds good stocks of coarse fish.

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Monaghan

Monaghan Town and its satellite villages of Emyvale, Glaslough, Scotstown, Ballinode and Tydavet are surrounded by a host of great angling venues, which contain good pike fishing venues to satisfy the expectations of all pike anglers. Among the most popular venues in the area are Glaslough, Quig Lough, Drumreask and Killyboley.
Peter’s Lake covers less than 1 hectare with depths to 3m. This lake holds good stocks of pike, roach, bream and hybrids. There is excellent parking in the car park off Glaslough Street and on the nearby road.

Drumreask Lake, covers an area of 4 hectares with depths to 4m. The lake is reed fringed with a soft shoreline. The best access is on the southern shoreline from the car park or the stands from the road. Drumreask has good stocks pike, bream, roach, rudd, hybrids and tench to over 6lbs.

Quig Lough, covers an area of 12 hectares with depths to 4.5m. Access is best from the northern end through a large iron gate, which must be kept closed at all times. A number of fishing stands are provided on the eastern shoreline of this reed fringed lake. Quig Lough holds fantastic stocks of pike as well roach, tench, rudd, bream, hybrids and perch.

Glaslough, is located on the grounds of the Leslie estate in the village of Glaslough. Permission must be obtained from the owners before fishing and details of relevant charges can be obtained from the castle. The lake is renowned for the quality of its pike fishing. It covers an area of 37 hectares with depths to 20m. Both boat and guide services are available. Please contact Castle Leslie for further information: Tel: 00353 47 88109

Killyboley, Lake covers an area of 6 hectares and contains a stock of pike, tench, rudd, and perch.

Monmurry Lake covers an area of 10 hectares and contains stocks of pike, bream, rudd, and perch.

The Rossmore Park Lakes are located in the Coillte Forest Park on the R189 3km southwest of Monaghan town. There are a number of lakes in this cluster with the most popular angling venues being the Twin Lakes, Castle Lake, Priestfield Lake and Barnhill Lake

Lough Bracken is controlled by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board with fishing by permit only and subject to certain rules and regulations, details of which may be obtained from the board (E.R.F.B). This lake also holds some very big pike and several fish over 30lbs are taken annually. Local contact: Ann Finnegan, Athmush, Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath. Tel: 00 353 46 9052115

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