Fishing Lakes around Esox Lodge
Angling Guide – Cavan, Butlersbridge, Belturbet, Redhills, Ballyconnell, Killeshandra (click here for map)
1. Woodford River – slow moving for bream, roach, perch and pike.
2. River Erne (Clooninny and Foley’s Bridge) – a popular stretch for competitions and holds bream, roach, perch and pike.
3. Edenterriff Lake and Killylea Lake – limited swims for roach and bream.
4. Woodford River – the narrow river above Ballyconnell has a big stock of roach, perch, some bream and pike.
5. Tomkinroad Lake – easy access for bream and roach. It also holds perch and pike.
6. Killywilly Lake (Cranaghan) – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch and pike.
7. Aghavoher Lake – a small lake with roach bream, perch and pike.
8. Carn Lake – this small lake has some tench to 4lbs., also roach and perch.
9. Greenville Lake – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch and some tench.
10. River Erne, Naghan (Tully’s): Lough Dooley Lane – the river from the town stretch has roach and then some bream opposite the Marina at the bend and downriver. Access over long field at car park (Tully’s). ‘Lough Dooley’ stretch of the river has bream, roach, perch and pike.
11. Grilly Lake – holds roach, bream, perch and pike.
12. Drumlaney Lake – along main road but with other access from small road along east side. Bream, roach, perch pike.
13. Commons Lake (Ballinlough) – access difficult and holds roach, perch, pike and some bream.
14. Putiaghan Lake – access down steep hill. Fishing from stands but best tench from a boat. Holds tench, bream, roach, perch, pike.
15. Bun Lake – fishing from stands. Holds tench to 5lbs., roach, bream, perch and pike. Take care parking car along narrow main road at stile.
16. Ardan Lake – fishing along main road and also has access from narrow side road. Has good stock of bream, roach, perch and pike. Access along this side road at stiles only.
Derryhoo Lake – a small water for roach and bream.
17. River Erne, Bakersbridge – shallow at the bridge, the pool up-river holds bream and 400 metres further along the right bank of the river there are also good bream and roach. The deep pool down from the bridge also has bream, roach, perch and pike.
18. Annagh Lake – a brown trout water, fishing is by fly only from a boat. Controlled by the Northern Regional Fisheries Board. Boats are available and may be booked in advance.
19. Drumlane Lake – A rich water with bream, roach, perch and pike. A slow water, it calls for serious fishing.
20. River Annalee, Knockfad and Curraghanoe Bridge – a good stretch for bream and roach. Access from two points. Deep pools at top of stretch near bridge. A match water with 50 pegs.
21. River Annalee, Deredis – the river at Butlersbridge holds roach and has some bream 400metres downriver. Deredis pool, with its eddies, has good roach, perch and bream. The Cavan River here is good for roach in the winter.
22. River Annalee, Derryheen – above the bridge there are bream and roach and close to the bridge it is shallow, with roach and perch. Down river (400 metres) the large pool is good for bream.
23. River Erne, Carratraw – the best fishing here is down in Inishmuch Lake at the river entry. 600 metres to the right as the water narrows bream abound. Access also from the Weir where there are good bream, perch, roach and pike. Carafin Lake holds a good stock of bream and roach.
24. Deralk Lake, Tully Lake – bream, roach, perch and pike.
25. Tullyguide Lake – easy access for bream, roach, perch, pike. The inflowing river from the Town Lake and the outlfowing Castle River also have good roach.
26. Eonish Lake – A competition stretch with 50 pegs. Bream, roach, perch, pike. Easy access along the stretch.
27. Corglass Lake – good bream, roach, perch, pike. Access over stile and fish to the right. For Rann Point see 31.
28. Tirliffin Lake – access through gate only, fish to right near rocks for good bream, roach, perch, pike. River Erne, Derryna, at the end of the road is shallow with uneven fishing for roach mostly, with perch, bream and pike.
29. River Erne, Flynn’s Pass – sometimes shallow and stoney. Best swims down to reeds. Bream, roach, perch, pike.
30. Lough Inchin – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch, pike. Also produces tench to 4lbs. in May/June. Park car along narrow road with care.
31. River Erne/Lough Oughter, Inishconnell/Rann – the best swims here are to the right of the car park and looking out to the castle. Bream, roach, perch, pike.
32. River Erne/Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park – the best fishing is in the Chalet Competition stretch, to the left of the Cottage. The first pegs are very deep close-in and on the upper stretch from the Hydrants the depth graduates from 14 to 5 feet. This complete stretch (52 pegs) holds bream, roach, perch and pike. Fishing is also good below the bridge to the right but note that the bottom is stoney.
33. River Erne, Trinity – easy access for bream, roach, perch and pike. Fish in shallow channel or to the right for bream.
34. River Erne, Slanore/Monnery – a long, narrow river stretch with bream, roach, pike and perch.
35. Tawlagh Lake, Carr’s Lough – close to the River Erne, good for bream, roach, perch and pike. Limited swims.
36. Glasshouse Lake – bream, roach, perch and pike.
37. Rockfield Lake – central to Carrigallen, Arva and Killeshandra, competition stretch, 30 pegs, easy access and parking, good bream, roach, perch and pike.
38. Cullies Lake – close to Carrigallen, this is a good bream, roach perch and pike water.
Belturbet is a lively and bustling town on the River Erne and conveniently located on the N3 road from Dublin to Enniskillen. An excellent base for exploring the river and the Shannon-Erne Canal, cruisers can be hired in Belturbet and the marina in the town facilitates cruisers of all sizes. The River Erne with its many lakes dominates the area and the river is joined by the Shannon Erne Waterway below the town. The river is navigable south of the town into Upper Lough Erne and beyond.
Ardan Lake: Near Milltown with limited roadside car parking. Good fishing for Tench, Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.
Drummany Lake: Limited access. Common species and some Tench.
Putiaghan Lake: Access adequate with car parking. Fishing from stands. Common species and good stock of Tench. Good pike fishing.
Grilly Lake: Roadside car park with fishing from stands.
Long Lake: Limited roadside parking. Good pike particularly from boats in the lower end of lake.
Killylea Lake: Limited roadside parking. Fishing from a clean bank. Common species and some Tench.
Drumard Lake: Limited car parking on far side of lake. Fishing from a clean bank.
Amoneen Lake: Limited parking and only some swims for good Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.
Upper Lough Erne, Derryvoney:Access via lakeside car park to a good 20 peg stretch. Good pike fishing.
River Erne Baker’s Bridge: Roadside car parking at bridge and downstream.
Putiaghan: Roadside car park. Fishing in pools between shallower stretches.
Town Stretch: Various access points above and below the bridge (above bridge trout fishing only, permit required) and at the mooring areas. Common species and some Tench.
Creamery Stretch: Limited parking beside a good stretch. Common species and some Tench.
Naughan Lough Dooley: Access via car park to some swims fishing for Roach, Bream, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.
Clowninny: Access via a lakeside car park to a 25 peg match and pleasure stretch.
Folies Bridge: Car park at bridge.
Derryvoney: Access via roadside car park.
Ballyconnell is a vibrant and picturesque town in West Cavan located on the Shannon-Erne Waterway. The town offers many fine pubs and eateries and is surrounded by good quality lake fishing and on the waterway. The area is renowned for good pike fishing. Much of the network of lakes along the Shannon-Erne Waterway offer excellent bank and boat fishing.
Killywilly Lake: Limited roadside car parking with fishing from a good shore. Good pike fishing.
Tomkin Road Lake: Limited roadside car parking with fishing from a good shore.
Culliaghan Lake: Access road to lakeside car park. Fishing from 35 stands including a 25 stand match length. Dedicated stand for disabled anglers. Boats available for very good pike fishing.
Coologue Lake: On the Shannon Erne Waterway, with boat access. Car park at Burren Bridge.
Derrycassan Lake: On the Shannon Erne Waterway with boat access. Access road to car park. Developed match length fishing. Good pike fishing.
Shannon-Erne Waterway:Access points at Skellan, Ballyheady Bridge, Killarah and at Ballyconnell. Below Skellan Lock (Lock No.3) there are 8 concrete stands with good fishing particularly for Bream and Roach. There is a car park upstream of Ballyheady Bridge. At Killarah, there is road access to car park where there is a 50-peg match length. There is mooring for boats at Ballyconnell and a number access points adjacent to the town.