Swan Lake, Gowna

Senior anglers are demanding easy access to Ireland’s fisheries and there is none better than the roadside swims on Swan Lake, only a few moments drive from Lough Gowna village. Surprisingly there is little angling activity despite a history of chucking up big catches of bream in the 1990’s. Bream are still present in good numbers but it takes a good onshore breeze to get the feeding seriously and there is always a reward for pre-baiting, or spending a couple of days on the same swim.

Species: Bream, roach, hybrids, rudd, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Red maggots, casters, corn and worms
Popular methods: Feeder fishing or straight leger with groundbait are best but you will catch on pole or waggler.
Local tackle shop: Greenville House, Main Street, Carrigallen

Access: Excellent with pathway along the bank covering about 20 swims Directions: From Gowna Village turn down past the Piker’s Lodge on the road to Granard. Drive past the garage and within 200 years Swan Lake is on your left hand side. Park and fish anywhere.

GPS Location: N53.87115 W7.52834