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Thornton Cottages is situated at Carratraw on the banks of Inishmuck, one of Ireland's premier locations for fishing. The area has hosted numerous national and international fishing competitions.The Lough Erne waterways has some of the cleanest and most lightly fished  waters in Europe. The prolific River  Erne  traverses the region on her way north and is famous for the variety of lakes, rivers, canals and streams  teemed with coarse and pike fish. Whether your interests lie in coarse or pike fishing the area offers a quality fishing experience.

Fishing Map

Enjoy fishing the local lakes at Lough Oughter, Cavan, Butlers Bridge, Belturbet, Redhills, Ballyconnell and Killeshandra

  1. Woodford River – slow moving for bream, roach, perch and pike.
    River Erne (Clooninny and Foley’s Bridge) – a popular stretch for competitions and holds bream, roach, perch and pike.

  2. Edenterriff Lake and Killylea Lake – limited swims for roach and bream.

  3. Woodford River – the narrow river above Ballyconnell has a big stock of roach, perch, some bream and pike.

  4. Tomkinroad Lake – easy access for bream and roach. It also holds perch and pike.

  5. Killywilly Lake (Cranaghan) – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch and pike.

  6. Aghavoher Lake – a small lake with roach bream, perch and pike.

  7. Carn Lake – this small lake has some tench to 4lbs., also roach and perch.

  8. Greenville Lake – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch and some tench.

  9. River Erne, Naghan (Tully’s): Lough Dooley Lane – the river from the town stretch has roach and then some bream opposite the Marina at the bend and downriver. Access over long field at car park (Tully’s). ‘Lough Dooley’ stretch of the river has bream, roach, perch and pike.

  10. Grilly Lake – holds roach, bream, perch and pike.

  11. Drumlaney Lake – along main road but with other access from small road along east side. Bream, roach, perch pike.

  12. Commons Lake (Ballinlough) – access difficult and holds roach, perch, pike and some bream.

  13. Putiaghan Lake – access down steep hill. Fishing from stands but best tench from a boat. Holds tench, bream, roach, perch, pike.

  14. Bun Lake – fishing from stands. Holds tench to 5lbs., roach, bream, perch and pike. Take care parking car along narrow main road at stile.

  15. Ardan Lake – fishing along main road and also has access from narrow side road. Has good stock of bream, roach, perch and pike. Access along this side road at stiles only.

  16. Derryhoo Lake – a small water for roach and bream.

  17. River Erne, Bakersbridge – shallow at the bridge, the pool up-river holds bream and 400 metres further along the right bank of the river there are also good bream and roach. The deep pool down from the bridge also has bream, roach, perch and pike.

  18. Annagh Lake – a brown trout water, fishing is by fly only from a boat. Controlled by the Northern Regional Fisheries Board. Boats are available and may be booked in advance.

  19. Drumlane Lake – A rich water with bream, roach, perch and pike. A slow water, it calls for serious fishing.

  20. River Annalee, Knockfad and Curraghanoe Bridge – a good stretch for bream and roach. Access from two points. Deep pools at top of stretch near bridge. A match water with 50 pegs.

  21. River Annalee, Deredis – the river at Butlersbridge holds roach and has some bream 400metres downriver. Deredis pool, with its eddies, has good roach, perch and bream. The Cavan River here is good for roach in the winter.

  22. River Annalee, Derryheen – above the bridge there are bream and roach and close to the bridge it is shallow, with roach and perch. Down river (400 metres) the large pool is good for bream.

  23. River Erne, Carratraw – the best fishing here is down in Inishmuch Lake at the river entry. 600 metres to the right as the water narrows bream abound. Access also from the Weir where there are good bream, perch, roach and pike. Carafin Lake holds a good stock of bream and roach.

  24. Deralk Lake, Tully Lake – bream, roach, perch and pike.

  25. Tullyguide Lake – easy access for bream, roach, perch, pike. The inflowing river from the Town Lake and the outlfowing Castle River also have good roach.

  26. Eonish Lake – A competition stretch with 50 pegs. Bream, roach, perch, pike. Easy access along the stretch.

  27. Corglass Lake – good bream, roach, perch, pike. Access over stile and fish to the right. For Rann Point see 31.

  28. Tirliffin Lake – access through gate only, fish to right near rocks for good bream, roach, perch, pike. River Erne, Derryna, at the end of the road is shallow with uneven fishing for roach mostly, with perch, bream and pike.

  29. River Erne, Flynn’s Pass – sometimes shallow and stoney. Best swims down to reeds. Bream, roach, perch, pike.

  30. Lough Inchin – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch, pike. Also produces tench to 4lbs. in May/June. Park car along narrow road with care.

  31. River Erne/Lough Oughter, Inishconnell/Rann – the best swims here are to the right of the car park and looking out to the castle. Bream, roach, perch, pike.

  32. River Erne/Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park – the best fishing is in the Chalet Competition stretch, to the left of the Cottage. The first pegs are very deep close-in and on the upper stretch from the Hydrants the depth graduates from 14 to 5 feet. This complete stretch (52 pegs) holds bream, roach, perch and pike. Fishing is also good below the bridge to the right but note that the bottom is stoney.

  33. River Erne, Trinity – easy access for bream, roach, perch and pike. Fish in shallow channel or to the right for bream.
    River Erne, Slanore/Monnery – a long, narrow river stretch with bream, roach, pike and perch.

  34. Tawlagh Lake, Carr’s Lough – close to the River Erne, good for bream, roach, perch and pike. Limited swims.

  35. Glasshouse Lake – bream, roach, perch and pike.

  36. Rockfield Lake – central to Carrigallen, Arva and Killeshandra, competition stretch, 30 pegs, easy access and parking, good bream, roach, perch and pike.

  37. Cullies Lake – close to Carrigallen, this is a good bream, roach perch and pike water.

Click her to download map or visit the Nortern Regional Fisheries Board for more information: www. nrfb.ie

Licences and Permits for Coarse Fishing
No licence or permit are required to coarse fish in the Republic of Ireland.

Permits for fly fishing 
Permits available from:
Gerry Walsh, Main Street, Belturbet, Co. Cavan.
Mc Mahon Supply Stores, Belturbet, Co. Cavan.


Game Angling
Liam Duffy
, Guide and Instructor for Trout and Salmon Fishing
Main St, Killeshandra, Co Cavan.
Tel:00353 (0)49 4334731 e: liamjduffy@hotmail.com

Pike/Coarse Angling
Mark O Regan,
Cranmor, Dunderry Rd, Trim, Co Meath.
Tel: 00353 (0)46 943 1635 e: cranmor@eircom.net

Fishing Tackle Shops
Tackle Shop
, Belturbet, Co Cavan.
Tel: 00353 (0)49 9522400

McMahons Tackle Shop, Main St, Killeshandra, Co Cavan.
Tel: 00353 (0)49 43 34438

Boat Hire

SeanThornton, Tierliffin, Milltown, Co. Cavan.
Tel: 00353 (0) 872905752

Angling Services
Irish Angling Services
Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan.

Pike Fishing in Ireland DVD


A 100 minute DVD in which Paul Gustafson, one of the world’s leading pike anglers, catches fish to over 23lb in weight. This DVD explains how to locate pike on huge strips of water, along with the most effective tackle and techniques. These include float fishing, trailing and dead-baiting.

In this DVD Paul demonstrates how to catch huge pike, with lures and dead-baits, on some of the most difficult waters in Ireland. He explains how to locate pike on these huge strips of water, along with the most effective tackle and techniques to use, including float fishing and trailing. Fly fishing for pike is also covered in depth, along with tackle and techniques.

Lough Gowna, Lough Oughter, Lough Ramor and Lough Erne all feature in this breathtaking action packed DVD in which Paul lets you into some of his secrets. This is an inspirational DVD that is a must for all pike anglers worldwide.
Paul Gustafson, 50, is acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading pike anglers. His experience is extensive and he has fished in Europe, America and Great Britain, catching huge numbers of big fish from a wide range of waters including rivers, lakes and loughs. He has an uncanny sense of where, how and when to target big pike globally, which has kept him at the top of his game for almost three decades.

Fishing Map

Thornton Cottages provide self catering holiday cottage accommodation in Cavan, near to Belturbet.




























































































































Carratraw Bridge, Bulters Bridge, Co Cavan