Lough Bridget, Nr Bodyke, East Clare
This fish-filled lake has everything from tiny roach to specimen tench and bream. Bridget covers 90 acres and there are two separate sections. Probably the most used is Silvergrove, which has a large car park, easy access and 30 well maintained fishing stands giving access to deep water for anglers who prefer pole fishing. The other stretch is Swan Island with seven angling stands close to the car park and located off the Tulla to Scarriff road. Because there are reeds and lily pads along the near bank, it makes sense to choose between pole and feeder fishing, simply because if you hook a tench on a waggler a running line there will be hi jinks trying to get your fish to the landing net. Larger baits – including pellet – will sort out the better size fish.
Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Red maggot, bread, worm, caster and corn
Popular methods: Pole, feeder and sliding waggler will all catch fish
Local tackle shop: TJs Tackle, Killaloe, 061 376009 or 087 8108225
Access: Excellent with good car parking too
Directions: From Scariff take the road towards Tulla and after passing Bodyke village the lake is ion the left hand side of the road. From Broadford village take the Tulla road for about 5 kms. Turn right at Smiths Shop and follow the signposts.