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Trout fishing in Cavan

  1. Trout in Co. Cavan

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Trout in Co. Cavan

Game angling lakes in the county are Annagh Lake, Moyduff Lake, Holy Lake and Lough Acurry(Grousehall). The main rivers are the River Erne near Belturbet, the River Annalee with its tributaries the Bunnoe & Laragh.


This Bye-law provides for the following trout conservation measures in Lough Gowna:

Annagh Lake

This fine lake near Butlersbridge is managed by the Butlers bridge Trout Angling Co-op Ltd. It is stocked mainly with Rainbow Trout annually. Bank fishing is not allowed and there are 8 boats available for hire. There are good hatches of duckfly and sedges during the angling season and traditional fly patterns will suffice.

Season: 17 March to 30 September.
Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
Bag Limit: Four Trout with a size limit of 12 inches.
Boat Hire & Permits: Kathy O’Hare, Hackelty, ButlersBridge, Tel:.: 049 4332490

Moyduff Lake

Please note: IFI has reluctantly decided to cease operating Moyduff Lake, Co. Cavan, as a managed trout water. Therefore no stocking will take place during 2011 and there will no longer be a requirement to purchase a permit for the fishery. Anglers may continue to fish observing the normal rules with regard to fisheries bye laws, respect for the environment and landowner’s property. They are reminded that with the exception of the foreshore adjoining the two car parking areas the remainder of the lands surrounding the fishery are in private ownership and should be treated accordingly. In particular all gates must be closed and under no circumstances are fires to be lit or litter deposited.
Season: 17 March to 30 September.
Bag Limit: Four Trout with a size limit of 12 inches.

Lough Acurry ( Grousehall)

On the Cavan Baileboro road, this fishery is controlled by the Laragh Anglers. There is a stock of good wild Brown Trout which is supplemented annually with some hatchery reared fish. Fishing is from a good bank. The fish can be hard to entice but the best of the fishing is in the summer evenings where sedge patterns including the Murrough. Trout to over 5 lbs. are reported annually.

Season: 1 March to 30 September.
Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
Bag Limits:
Permits: Mr. Eddie Kelly, Stragliffe, Cavan, Phone: 049 4331540

Holy Lake

This stocked lake is managed by the Belturbet Trout Anglers club. This lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and can only be fished by boat. Trout to over 6 lbs. have been recorded. Depending on season, Dryfly, Wetfly and Nymph patterns can all be successful.

Season: 1 March to 31stOctober.
Angling Methods: Fly fishing only
Bag Limits: Three Trout per half day with a size limit of 12 inches
Permits and Boat hire: Ian Elliot, Tomkin Road, Belturbet. Phone: 049 9522865

River Erne, Belturbet

The river upstream of the town bridge at Kilconny to the Railway viaduct is developed for Brown Trout fishing by the local Trout Angling club. There are good variety of fly hatches and wet and dry patterns will produce some fine fishing.

Season: 1 March to 30 September.
Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
Bag Limit: Three Trout with a size limit of 10 inches.
Permits: Gerry Walsh, 21 Main Street Belturbet, Phone: 049 9522359

Creenagh Lake

Mixed trout fishery at Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Fishing from bank and boat. Boats available on site. Day and half day tickets available.

Season: 1 May to 31 October.
Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
Bag Limit: Four trout limit.
Permits: Shamrock Inn, Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Tel: 049 4334139

River Annalee

This long river rises in Lough Sillan at Shercock and is joined by the Dromore River below Cootehill. The Cavan Anglers club control the section of river upstream from Ballyhaise to Ballynallon and a permit is required. Good hatches of Olives and Sedges occur. There is some good fishing at Deredis near Butlersbridge and upstream of Cootehill in the stretch below Knappagh Bridge.

The Rivers Bunnoe and Laragh are two main tributaries that join the river below Cootehill and there are active clubs on both rivers. Trout to over 3 lbs. are reported annually. Local day permits can be purchased.

Season: 1 March to 30 September.
Angling methods: All legitimate methods but check riverside notices and regulations on permit.
Bag Limit: As per club rules – see local permit