Lough Sillan, Shercock

Lough Sillan’s massive stock of fish means there is certainly something for everyone, whether by species or angling method. Access is relatively easy and like 99 per cent of Irish waters the fishing is free and no licence is required! Sillan is a big water neatly located near to the small town of Shercock, yet is easily reached within 15 minutes of Carrickmacross, Cootehill, Ballybay and Cootehill.

Species: Hybrids, roach, bream, tench, perch and pike.
Best baits: Red maggots, casters, corn and worms. Groundbait is essential. Popular methods: Feeder fishing, straight bomb with groundbait, pole or waggler. Local tackle shop: Lakewood Lodge, Carrickmacross. Tel 00353 429663207 Access: There are two main fishing areas. The easiest (though not always the best fishing) is at the Shercock –end of the lake, to the left of the slipway. Annafarney is the opposite end of the lake and is more consistent but involves a walk of 100+ metres.

Directions: Annarfarney is off the Shercock to Cootehill road. Leave Shercock, drive past the caravan park and carry one for about one mile and take the first left into a small lane. There is a car park 300 metres. Walk off along either bank. The left hand bank is generally the more popular.