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Carrick on Shannon Angling Centre

Carrick on Shannon located in the Upper Shannon Region in Co Leitrim is a major angling centre which is very well serviced with quality and specialist accommodation and tackle stores.

WHERE TO FISH

This is a very extensive coarse angling area with an abundance of fishing hotspots available both on the main River Shannon and the many lakes in the system. The Shannon Regional Fisheries Board has angling structures on many of these waters to facilitate anglers,  including some wheelchair friendly access and facilities.  Certain waters are on private land and we ask you to seek permission to access these fisheries. The area is very well serviced and caters well for visiting anglers with specialist accommodation providers and tackle shops etc

 

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Gortinty Lake

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Headford Lake 

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Drumharlow Lake

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Hillstreet Lake

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Drumsna R Shannon

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Mudflats R Shannon

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Hartley Bridge R Shannon

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Battle Bridge River Shannon

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Lough Boderg

Lough Boderg is a large lake of about 3000 acres located on the River Shannon. It's has fair stocks of  Bream and also holds good quality Hybrids, Rudd, Roach and Perch. It offers good pike angling opportunities.

FACILITIES & ACCESS

There is is an open bank section with 20 pegs where anglers can fish into about 10 feet of water.  Access to the lake is through Derrycarne Forest Park which lies about seven miles south east of the town of Carrick-on-Shannon. There is a  signpost off the N4. Facilities includes a car park and anglers are requested that cars park in the car park only and not on the lakeshore. There is public boat launching access at Dromod Marina. This is about 2 miles further east on the N4.

There is an alternative section available via the services of Eileen and Liam Duignan who offer both accommodation and fishing here exclusively for visitors. Tel Outside Ireland +353 78 25295 Inside Ireland 078 25295 See our Accommodation section for more details - Co Leitrim.

TO GET THERE

From Carrick on Shannon take the N4 south for 7 miles. At the top of the Hill pub,  take the old N4 road to the right and turn right just after the railway bridge, follow signposts to Derrycarne wood. 

Gortinty Lake

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Gortinty Lake covers 60 acres. The lake holds Tench to 3lbs, Hybrids, Roach, Bream to 3lbs and skimmers. The lake can also produce good Pike fishing.

ACCESS & FACILITIES

You will find 12 bank pegs on the eastern shore along the N4. Here you can fish into 8 feet of water. If you take the by-road off the N4 along the southern shore you will find 15 shore pegs where you can  fish into 12 feet of water. Access is across private land and you are asked to have respect for the landowners property. The Shannon Fisheries Board has 6 stiles accessing this lake.  

TO GET THERE: Gortinty is along the N4, 5 miles east of Carrick-on-Shannon.

Headford Lake 

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Headford is a small very shallow lake located about 1½ mile north east of the village of Drumsna. The lake has a good stock of fish but is hampered in summertime by the excessive weed growth.   

ACCESS & FACILITIES 

Access is across one stile though private land to one double fishing stand erected by Inland Fisheries Ireland. Please respect landowners property. 

TO GET THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the N4 east in the direction of Drumsna. Take the slip road for Drumsna,  turn left and take the next right for about 2 miles which will take you to the lake on the right hand side, follow signposts.

Drumharlow Lake

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Drunharlow is a large lake of about 1000 acres. There are two important shore angling sections on the lake  on the north and south shore described below. This is also an excellent trout fishery, best times May-June and September.

FACILITIES AND ACCESS

FIRST SECTION

The first section on the north shore can be accessed from Carrick on Shannon - see directions below.  This section is fishable in mid to low water levels only. Bream, Roach and Perch are the predominant species.

TO GET THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the  Drumshanbo Road for half a mile, turn left for Cootehall.  Cross the Shannon at Hartley Bridge, continue for about 1 mile, the  northern shore of the lake can be accessed from here (see signposts). The Shannon Fisheries Board have 2 stiles, a number of old type concrete fishing stands and a number of bank pegs. Fishing into 10 feet of water this section should produce good fishing for Skimmers, Hybrids and Roach.  

SECOND SECTION

This is on the southern shore of the lake. From Carrick on Shannon take the N4 west for about 4 miles, turn right (signposted Drumharlow Lake) onto a narrow public road to a small car park. The ShRFB have angling structures here which include 1 stile, 1 footbridge and 1 double fishing stand to facilitate anglers. This shore has 5 good bank pegs which can produce good Bream, Hybrids, Roach and Rudd fishing.  

Hillstreet Lake

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The Hillstreet lakes are a group of small interlinked  lakes 5½ miles to the north of Strokestown and just south of the village of Hillstreet. This is just a short distance from Drumsna village. These lakes have a rich stock of Bream, Rudd, Hybrids Roach. This is also a very good Pike fishery, particularly productive during the winter months. 

ACCESS & FACILITIES: Access points are well sign posted and the Shannon Fisheries Board provide four stands, two stiles and four footbridges to facilitate anglers.  

TO GET THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the Elphin road for about 3 miles and follow the signposts for Hillstreet village, a distance of about 7 miles. All fishing venues are signposted from the village.

Drumsna R Shannon

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This section of river has good quality Roach to 2lbs, Hybrids and Bream. However the quality of fishing is very dependent on the weather and the river can rise quickly during wet weather. 

ACCESS & FACILITIES: This is an open bank fishery where you will find 20 bank pegs on the upstream side of the bridge with 4 stiles and 2 footbridges. There are a number of bank pegs on the downstream side of the moorings  which can be very productive. Access to this area is across private land so do seek permission from the local landowner before accessing the fishery. For boat anglers - use the slipway at the harbour, particularly for pike angling which can be good in the downstream sections.

TO GET THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the N4 five miles to the east. Drumsna village is sign posted. 

Mudflats R Shannon

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This is a very popular match stretch on the River Shannon. The section holds Bream, Roach,  Hybrids and other coarse fish.

ACCESS & FACILITIES: Inland Fisheries Ireland have erected 2 continuous board walks servicing 25 International match standard angling spaces. This Board walk can be accessed from 3 locations which greatly improves the convenience and safety of anglers using the upgraded facility which will be fully completed for 2009 angling season. Downstream of the facility there are 2 stiles providing access to15 open bank swims.

TO GET  THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the Elphin road for about 2 miles,  take the first left, cross over the railway line which will take you down to the fishery at Mrs Byrnes house.

Hartley Bridge R Shannon

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Hartley Bridge is on the River Shannon, to the north of Carrick-on Shannon. This can be a very productive venue in May as the shoals of Roach migrate up river to spawn.  There are also Bream to 3lbs, Hybrids and Rudd in the section. 

ACCESS & FACILITIES: Fishing is from 20 bank swims into 6 to 10 feet of water. The Shannon Fisheries Board has 1 access stairs and 1 stile into this fishery.  

TO GET THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the Drumshanbo road for about 0.5 mile and turn left (signposted Cootehall). Continue  travelling on for another 2 miles approx where you will meet the Shannon at Hartley Bridge. 

Battle Bridge River Shannon

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Battlebridge is on the river Shannon to the northwest of Leitrim village. This can be a very productive water in May and into early June as the Roach and Bream migrate to spawn.  This is also a very good trout fishery, early and late season.

ACCESS AND FACILITIES: Fishing is from 40 bank pegs into 6 to 10 feet of water. The Shannon Fisheries Board has 6 stiles, 7 footbridges and 1 stairs into this fishery to facilitate anglers.   

TO GET THERE: From Carrick on Shannon take the Drumshanbo Road to Leiitrim village. Turn left until you come to Battlebridge about 3 miles to the northwest of Leitrim village.  

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