Acres Lake, Drumshanbo
Located two miles from the town of Drumshanbo, Acres Lake has enjoyed a reputation for good bream and tench fishing since the 1960’s. Access in those days was from specially built fishing platforms that were in relatively shallow water and it was hard work and usually involved fishing into darkness. Now there is an excellent mini-marina with floating mooring platforms extending 50 metres out into the lake that anglers are welcome to use. It isn’t a busy marina (though best ignored on summer weekends) so there is always somewhere to fish and the main end platform is in at least five metres (15ft) of water. Pole fishing produces hefty tench and bream, along with a variety of 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: Tooman’s Tackle, Carrick-on-Shannon
Access: Excellent with good car parking too
Directions: From Drumshanbo take the Carrick-on-Shannon road and Acres Lake is about two miles out on your right. From Carrick-on-Shannon follow the signs for Drumshanbo and after about five miles the lake is on your left hand side near McGuire’s Cottages.