Heron’s Shore, Lough Allen, County Leitrim

Easily accessible on the outskirts of Drumshanbo, this shoreline of the vast Lough Allen is relatively shallow but brimming with fish. It is well noted for its roach and hybrids, but almost anything can appear including bream and monster pike.

The Dutch King of Clubs competition in May always includes it in their programme, as do the Carrick-on-Shannon festival organisers in September. Strangely, few holiday anglers seem to be aware of Heron’s Shore but once discovered it becomes a favourite. Access is reasonably easy with a 50m walk from the car park to the lake. The early swims are productive and if you care to walk to the far end, there is a small peninsular known for producing large catches of bream.

Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, hybrids, pike and perch
Best baits: Maggot, caster, corn and worm are all vital hookbaits. Popular methods: A waggler rod is more effective than a pole because of the shallow water and a crumb feeder works well too.
Local tackle shop: Shannon Tackle, Jamestown, 00353 71 9624692
or Tooman’s Tackle, Carrick-on-Shannon

Access: Very good with track to angling car park.
Directions: From Drumshanbo Town take the Dowra road for 0.8 mile and there is an ornamental gate on the left (facing Fraoch Ban Guesthouse). Drive through and follow the track to the car park.