Keshcarrigan Lake, County Leitrim
Expect lively sport all year round with lots of roach averaging six ounces, hybrids often hitting the 2lb mark and the ever-present perch on almost any angling method. Early in 2012 the fishing stands along the waterfront to the right of the car park were reopened after many years and the lake is quickly regaining its popularity as keen anglers come in search of a good catch. Once used as a match venue, those stands furthest from the car park, did to produce large catches of bream to 5lb, though it was often necessary to fish at long range – up to 80mts – with a groundbait feeder. These days the lake is alive with a mix of fish and it is easy enough to end a pleasure session with 20 to 30lbs on rod, pole or feeder.
Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Maggot, worm, caster and corn are best
Popular methods: A groundbait feeder is the most popular choice with long range casts (70+mts) most likely to catch bream. Running line with waggler or pole from five metres will produce lots of roach and hybrids.
Local tackle shop: Tooman’s Tackle, Carrick-on-Shannon, 00353 71 9621872 or Shannon Tackle, Jamestown, 00353 71 9624692
Access: Excellent access even when other waters might be flooded. Ample car park giving close to about 18 concrete fishing stands
Directions: The village of Keshcarrigan is located midway between Carrick-on- Shannon and Ballinamore and is well signposted. From the village take the Mohill road and the lake is 500mts on the right.
GPS Location N54. 01361 W7.94111