Lisanisk Lake, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan

Also known locally as Brother’s Lake, this is a very popular fishery alongside the

Dundalk Road approaching Carrickmacross. The lake is visible from the road and there is a car parking area with access to m ore than 20 comfortable fishing stands. The lake covers 40 acres, which is small by Irish standards, yet sport is lively with a great mix of fish. It is well known locally for its carp with a best fish so far weighing 17lb. These are wild fish and much so ught after by local anglers. Bream, lots of hefty tench, hybrids, pike, perch and eels, ensure some sort of action whatever the conditions and time of day. All methods and baits seem to catch the fish but pole tackle is recommended for anglers hoping to land a tench from swims that have lily pads.

Species : Bream, tench, roach, hybrids, carp, pike and perch.

Best baits: Worm, red maggot, caster, pellets and corn.

Popular methods: Pole fishing up to 13 metres helps to steer fish away from the lily p ads, while a small feeder or running line with a waggler also work well.

Local tackle shop: Lakeside Angling in Castleblayney. Tel: 00353 87 1718 572

Rod Licence: No licences needed or permits required.

Access : Very good and well maintained angling stan ds.

Directions : The lake is situated alongside the R178 Dundalk Road in Carrickmacross and visible from the road. Access is also possible from Lisanisk House – with B&B accommodation and self – catering units – and some bankside parking.