Fishing in Cavan
Lough Sheelin (as it is right on our doorstep)
Lough Sheelin is situated in the North Midlands on the borders of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath and is part of the River Inny system. It is 5 miles long and over 1 mile covering an area of approx 4,500 acres. This is a rich limestone lough with a capacity to produce and maintain a good stock of large wild brown trout. The high pH factor of the water, combined with its low average depth profile gives it excellent trout producing potential.
Frequently anglers report catching fish in the range 3lbs - 7lbs. The average weight based on catch statistics in recent years is about 2lbs to 3lbs. The lake is managed by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board who work with the local anglers, the Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association to protect and develop the lake.
OPEN SEASON: March 1st - October 12th.
Please see the LOUGH SHEELIN ANGLERS POCKET GUIDE below and download it you want to.
Welcome to County Cavan, Ireland's premier angling location. Cavan has a well earned reputation for coarse and pike angling. In addition, there are many fine game angling river stretches and wild Brown Trout lake fisheries. Local angling centres offer the angler excellent facilities ensuring a truly memorable holiday. The fisheries in County Cavan comprise many major river systems and associated lakes.
The River Erne and main tributaries, the Shannon Erne Waterway and the Dromore/Annalee system dominate the middle of the County. To the east, lies the upper River Boyne system and to the south and northwest, parts of the Shannon system. These lakes and rivers have good stocks of Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Pike. Eels are present in all waters in the County. Roach, Bream and Rudd Bream Hybrids are found in the majority of these fisheries. Tench are now more widespread and have grown to specimen size in some fisheries. In recent years, Carp have been stocked into selected waters and provide good sport.
There is a water in County Cavan to suit all tastes. The angler seeking large open waters with the hope of Bream and Roach can choose from the wider stretches of the rivers or large lakes such as Gowna, Oughter, Sillan, Upper Erne, McNean and Ramor. Those in search of somewhere more intimate and secluded will find many smaller lakes and river stretches with plenty of fish. Specimen hunters in search of large Tench, Bream and Pike will find many waters where their efforts will be rewarded. Recent fish stock surveys have revealed many coarse angling waters in the County with specimen fish.
Game angling lakes in the county include Annagh Lake, Butlersbridge; Creenagh Lake, Killeshandra; Moyduff Lake, between Shercock and Cootehill; Holy Lake, Belturbet; Lough Acurry, Grousehall (on Cavan – Bailieborough Rd) and the renowned brown trout fishery at Lough Sheelin, Mountnugent. The main rivers are the Erne near Belturbet and the Annalee with its tributaries the Bunnoe and Laragh. Many opportunities exist for the specialist match angler to participate in the 3 and 4 day angling festivals. One of Ireland's major international events is the British King of Clubs which is often held in County Cavan. Local angling festivals are held annually at Arvagh, Belturbet, Cootehill and Gowna with one day open matches at many centres.
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