Drumlonan, Ballinamore

Drumlonan Lake is a 40-acre lake has a dozen or so fishing platforms but reaching those on the main bank involves a good walk for those carrying fishing tackle – though the rewards can be good. There are a lot of tench to 6lb, an increased number of bream and a rash a roach that can prove to be a nuisance for those hoping for larger fish. There are two fishing stands – through a small wood – where the Ballinamore to Cavan road runs alongside the lake about three miles from town with a small lay-by and wall on the left. Put a maggot on the hook and you’ll be pestered by small fish, so stick to corn and other large baits to sort out the tench and bream.

Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, tench, pike and perch Best baits: Bread, worm, pellet and corn
Popular methods: Feeder fishing, straight bomb, pole and waggler will all catch fish. Local tackle shop: Angling Centre, Ballyconnell, County Cavan

Access: A small lay-by alongside a wall and small wood, otherwise take the first left after the lake and there is a farmer’s access gate on the left. Directions: Three miles from Ballinamore on the Cavan road. You will see the lake and a number of fishing stands, then watch carefully for a small lay-by on your left with a low wall alongside a small wood. Walk into the wood and the first platform is there. There is a second about 100 metres further along the road.