Brackley Lake, Bawnboy, County Cavan
Brackley Lake is alive with bream, skimmers, roach, hybrids, perch and pike. It is a massive water – 400 acres – that is relatively under-fished yet cherished by those who have enjoyed its lively sport. It is an ideal choice for anglers staying in Bawnboy (two miles), Ballyconnell (six miles) or Ballinamore (ten miles) with easy access from a waterside car park that leads on to a peninsula known locally as Prospect Point. You will enjoy instant sport from roach and skimmer bream, though with continuous groundbaiting there is little doubt that hybrids will appear and perhaps a bream or two. All methods will result in a mixed catch, though a groundbait feeder at 35 metres or more is more likely to result in an average catch 15 kilos (33lb). Anglers using small boats for pre-baiting and reaching other shorelines will find an excellent public slipway midway between Bawnboy and Prospect Point.
Species: Bream, roach, hybrids, pike and lots of perch.
Best baits: Worm, maggot, caster corn and pellet.
Popular methods: Feeder fishing very effective for bream and hybrids, though pole and waggler are well able to take a lot of fish.
Local tackle shop: Angler’s Rest, Ballyconnell. 00353 49 952 6391
Rod Licence: No licences needed.
Access: A lane leads to a waterside car park and there are swims within a few yards, but the better catches of bream come from the middle to far end of the peninsula.
Directions: From Bawnboy Village take the N87 towards Sligo and at 2.1 miles turn left at the cross roads and follow the lane past Prospect House to the lake. From Ballyconnell it is a total of 7 miles through Bawnboy to the cross roads. From Ballinamore take the R202 towards Swanlinbar for 8miles to junction with N87. Turn right towards Bawnboy. Turn right at the first cross roads (0.8 mile) and follow the lane to the lake.