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Connolly’s Shore, Garadice Lake, near to Ballinamore

A relatively quite spot on the vast waters of Garadice Lake, providing consistent catch results thanks to good numbers of hybrids, plenty of roach and a good head of bream. What makes it really attractive for anglers on holiday is the opportunity to tackle the lake with any method and catch fish, though a groundbait feeder at 40 metres (or more) is very likely to pick up the larger fish. Expect bream to 5lb and hybrids of 2lb or more. There is plenty of room for 20 or so anglers on firm bank on what is part of the Shannon-Erne Waterway and in dry weather access is easy across a firm meadow. In wet weather it is only suitable for 4×4 vehicles or anglers prepared to walk 500 metres with tackle.

Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Worm, caster, red maggot and corn
Popular methods: Long pole and groundbait feeder
Local tackle shop: Angler’s Rest, Main Street, Ballyconnell. Tel; 00353 499526391 Access: In dry weather anglers are welcome to drive to the across a meadow to the lake but it is unwise after an extended spell of rain.

Directions: From Ballinamore take the Carrigallen road for about three miles to a crossroads with Drumcoura Equestrian Centre on the left and Carrigallen signposted to the right – you go straight ahead. It is a narrow lane and keep straight on for about two miles and when you see the lake ahead, there is a signpost for Connolly’s Shore to the left. You will come into a farmer’s yard with a gate straight ahead. Simply drive through (please close the gate) and follow the track to the lake.
Sat Nav: N54.04349. W.7.72746