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St John’s Lake, Ballinamore, County Leitrim

St John’s is a seldom fished lough on the Shannon-Erne Waterway with the potential to produce large catches of bream. There are plenty of fish and expect to catch roach to 12 ounces, hybrids, perch and occasional tench, but the bream are unlikely to appear in numbers unless you decide to pre-bait.

There are some pegs in the meadow alongside the bridge going towards the open lake. The main spot for bank fishing is back across the canal with a walk through the meadow to the right to the point where there are a dozen swims. The first handful of pegs around the point is the most popular with depths up to 4 metres.

Species: Bream, tench, roach, hybrids, pike and perch.
Best baits: Worm, red maggot and caster.
Popular methods: Feeder fishing or using a straight bomb and groundbaiting with a catapult (especially good for roach and hybrids) are the two main methods. Local tackle shop: No local tackle shop – nearest is 10 miles Carrick-on-Shannon Rod Licence: No licences needed or permits required.

Access: Good parking but 300 metre walk deters many anglers from can be an exciting bream venue but is often an average fishery.
Directions: From Ballinamore head for Carrick-on-Shannon, 1.5 miles turn right at the garage on to the R208. Exactly one mile turn left at sign for St John’s Lake – about one mile- to car park. Walk back over canal and follow path through field on right.

GPS Location: N54.04406 W7.86455