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Castlefore Lake, Nr Keshcarrigan, County Leitrim

This roadside lake is capable of providing terrific catch returns that can include bream, hybrids, roach and tench, but it can also be a heart-breaker. Pre-baiting seems to be essential to half filling your keepnet. Access is excellent along the road side with with new fishing stands and there are a few places along the facing bank, though anglers rarely venture across. Typically frustrating is the report from UK angler Mike Beattie who went along for a couple of hours in the evening (June 2011) and he was biteless for 90 minutes and thereafter caught hybrids to 2lb every cast with a groundbait feeder while his friend caught tench on the pole. The next two evenings on the same platform were absolutely biteless!

Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Worm, bread, caster and corn
Popular methods: Pole fishing and bread feeder are best.
Local tackle shop: Shannon Tackle, Jamestown, 00353 71 9624692
or Tooman’s Tackle, Carrick-on-Shannon

Access: Very good with five double platforms
Directions: From Keshcarrigan take the R209 towards Fenagh and the lake is approximately two miles on your right hand side. The first two platforms and car park are visible the moment you reach the lake, the others are another half-mile and access if through a farm gate.

GPS Location: N54.02448 W7.91367