Eonish Lake, Lough Oughter

This is an Irish fishery with a reputation for great bream fishing and as a match angling venue used for such prestigious matches as the King of Clubs. Some of the very best bream catches are made from the private shoreline in front of the excellent Eonish Lodge B&B and self-catering. But there is also extensive and easily accessed bank alongside a road that runs for almost a mile. All fishing methods will work but if it is bream that you want, then go for a groundbait feeder with worm, caster and corn. Pole fishing is ideal for getting among the many roach and hybrids and double red maggot will do nicely. The very serious bream anglers tend to use boats for pre-baiting – they can be hired locally or use of a free slipway for those with their own boats – and often the big hauls come from the deeper water along the bank facing Eonish Lodge.

Species: Bream to 5lb, hybrids, 3lb, tench 4lb, roach, perch and pike.
Best baits: Worm, caster, corn, soft pellets and red maggots. And it is fair to say that groundbait is essential.
Popular methods: Pole, swimfeeder, straight bomb, waggler and long pole. Local tackle shop: Spinner’s Tackle, Killeshandra, Tel: 00353 494363877.

Access: Excellent access along the shoreline with parking alongside the lake. Directions from Killeshandra: Turn right at Ulster Bank in Killeshandra, and then right at bridge, after about 8-10 minutes then next right in towards Killykeen forest park (also sign for Eonish Lodge) and then take next left road, which will bring you to the lake.