Leonard’s Shore, Gowna

Leonard’s Shore is a popular and prolific section of the Lough Gowna complex and capable of producing heavyweight nets of bream and other days a bite-a-cast from roach and hybrids. It is a day-ticket water (about €3) but there is easy access along the bank by car to every swim. Fish can be caught all year round, though bream are more likely to appear after a warm spell of westerly winds.

Species: Bream, lots of roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Red maggots, casters, corn and worms
Popular methods: Feeder fishing, straight bomb with groundbait, pole or waggler. Local tackle shop: None but there are bait stockists

Access: Flat bank and in dry conditions you can drive along some of the bank. Directions: From Gowna Village take the Granard road and after 2.8 miles there are two small lanes on the right, take the second. The lane becomes narrow (take care) and is about 1.5 miles long. Ignore the right hand turn and follow the lane with grass down the middle. The farm and access gate are at the bottom of the lane.

GPS Location: N53.85680 W7.53195