Cootehill is pleasantly situated in east Cavan and nestles between the Rivers Dromore and Annalee, which are main tributaries of the vast Erne system.There are 26 lakes within 10 miles of the town with some of these near the neighbouring town of Shercock and in adjoining Co. Monaghan. It’s an outstanding and popular spot for Ireland’s mighty bream, roach, hybrids, perch, tench and pike.
Some of the good spots
- Annamakerrig Lake: Access via forest road with car parking at lakeside. Good pike fishing.
- Drumsaul lake: Access road to limited car parking. Fishing from stands.
- Drumshiel Lake: Access road and car park. Fishing from stands.
- Drumlona Lake: Access road and car park.
- Killyvaghan Lake: Car parking near the bridge on Dromore River. Good pike fishing.
- Dromore River: Access points at Ballynascarva, Ballycoghill, Balladine bridges. Fishing mainly for Roach and other species. Good pike fishing.
- Lisnalong Lake: Roadside car parking. Fishing from stands. Common species and some tench. Good pike fishing.
- Mullanary Lake: Roadside car parking. Bank fishing for roach, some bream and good pike particularly from boats.
- White Lake (Baird’s Shore): Access road and car park to good bank fishing on a small match length. At Anney and Lisgillen, fishing is from the bank and stands. Common species and some tench.
Peter Lynch – Dreamcatch
Tel: +353(0)862247367 or +353(0)49 5552538
Ollie Gibson – Dromore River Tours & Boat Hire
Tel: +353 (0) 86 0835748 Email: [email protected]
Fishing boats for hire. 15ft aluminium boat, 3.5hp petrol outboard, petrol, oars and lifejackets. €70 per day. Drop of and collect. Covering lakes between Ballybay, Cootehill and Shercock.
Guided canoeing trips. Departing Ericas Fairy Forest Cootehill. 10am and 1pm daily. Groups 5-15max. From €20 pps. Tandem canoes, paddles and lifejackets all supplied. Booking essential.
Cootehill Easter Classic
Angling Festival Two-day match. Call +353 (0)49 555 3412
Packie Gibson Memorial
Oliver Gibson tel: +353 (0) 86 0835748
The Packie Gibson pike boat competition takes place Sat 21st and Sun 22nd October 2023. Hosted by lisnalong pike anglers. Registration and briefing is at Cootehill mart Sat 21st 8am-9am. Half the boats fish Dromore lough and half fish lough Sillan 10am to 4pm switching Loughs on Sunday. 5 longest fish combined length decides the 1st 2nd and 3rd place. €100 per boat entry fee and max 2 anglers/4 rods per boat.
September Cootehill Championship Fishing Festival
Contact Michael & Eileen Smith: +353 (0)49 555 3039 [email protected]
September Cootehill Championship Fishing Festival is an annual festival now running for 40 years. It is a 5 day festival and always on, in the last full week of September. We fish on 5 different waters in the Cootehill area, choosing the lakes one week beforehand. Entry fee is €100 and limited to 125 anglers. Please contact us to hear more or to register.
With over 40 years experience Peter Lynch’s knowledge of the local areas is boundless. Having fished for his country in the eighties, he has acquired a unique reputation for pike-fishing and takes pleasure in making sure that all his guests catch plenty of fish and go home happy and return again year after year.
Peter Lynch, Cootehill, Co Cavan. Telephone: +353(0)862247367 or +353(0)49 5552538
Irish International Ronan Murray is one of Ireland’s leading Pike Fishing Guides. A Daiwa Prorex Consultant, Ronan has represented Ireland twice and has won 2 Gold Medals in International matches against England and has been awarded 15 All-Ireland Team Medals over the years. With over 5 years full-time guiding experience, Ronan can make your dreams come true with a range of options to suit all disciplines. Whatever your requirements you can be assured that Ronan can tailor a package for you.
Telephone: +353(0)86 393 7182 Email: [email protected]
More info and links
The Cavan Fishing Guide: www.cavanfishing.com
Cavan Fishing Guide PDF: https://www.thisiscavan.ie/content/files/Co_Cavan_Angling_Guide.pdf
Eastern Regional Fisheries Board: www.fishingireland.net for further information on fishing in East Cavan and Ireland’s East Coast.