County Cavan, Ireland’s premier angling location. Cavan has a well earned reputation for coarse and pike fishing. There are many fine game angling river stretches and wild brown trout lake fisheries. Our highly developed angling centres offer the visiting angler excellent facilities
The 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 widespread and have grown to specimen size in some fisheries.
In recent years, Carp have been stocked into selected waters and will soon provide good sport. There is a water here to suit all tastes. The angler seeking large open waters with the promise of outstanding bags of Bream and Roach can choose from the wider stretches of the rivers or large lakes such as Gowna, Oughter, Upper Lough Erne, Lough McNean and Lough 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.
Many opportunities exist for the specialist match angler to participate in the 3+4 day angling festivals. One of Ireland’s major international events is the British King of Clubs which is held annually in County Cavan. Local festivals are held annually at Arvagh, Belturbet and Cootehill with one day open matches at many centres. Details of these events are published in the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (N.C.F.F.I.) Calendar of Events. There are many open Pike competitions and festivals held through out the year. Notices of these are usually displayed by the tackle shops. The Killeshandra Festival of the Lakes takes place annually over the June bank holiday weekend. With music and craic in many pubs. The festival also features a family fun day on the Strand, quizzes, car treasure hunt, sports day and kid’s talent show.
For a complete guide to fishing in Cavan visit:
- Nearest Pub and Restaurant Shantully Inn (Crossdoney) – 4 Miles
- Nearest Big Town Cavan Town – 4 Miles
- Nearest Small Town Ballinagh – 5 Miles
- Nearest Bus Depot Cavan Town – 4 Miles
Other small towns worth a visit to include : Belturbet / Buttlersbridge, Ballyconnell.