There is still time for a trout on the stocked lakes at Carton House before the pike season opens there…

The RyeLake closes for trout fishing on 30th September however bear in mind that there is great fun to be had over the winter months fly fishing for pike on this stretch of water.

Flies which resemble perch or roach are probably top of the bill given the large numbers of each species in the lake.  I spent yesterday morning fishing with Liam Kane and a perch lookalike seemed to be the one which tickled the pikes fancy most.

As more anglers have a crack at this (even for a thoroughly devoted trout fisherman) fantastic fishing I will be in a better position to advise on fishing tactics and prospects.

The Sheet of Water (our stocked lake) remains open throughout the winter months.  Lures can work very well during this time of year – even on the coldest and most bitter of days.  A typical river set up is ideal with floating or intermediate lines being just the ticket.  

The Sheet of Water is a more forgiving stretch of water to fish than the Rye which can be quite demanding.  It is perhaps more suited to the beginner / improving angler and it is far more sheltered than the RyeLake which helps with anyone brushing up on casting technique.  Fishing on the Sheet of Water is only permitted when with a guide.

Rob Love
Carton House Fishery

Go fishing…

Tickets / permits should be purchased at the hotel main reception prior to fishing.  Parking is at the boathouse on the lake.  Please respect the wishes of golfers and stay off greens and Tee areas as they can become badly cut up when fishing activity takes place on them.

A day permit is €50.  Anglers should note that this means they can fish for brown trout on the Rye Lake, brown trout on the Rye Water and rainbow trout on the Sheet of Water (all fly only) in this timeframe – so if one is not working the other might.

If you have any queries about fishing at Carton House please contact Guest Relations on 01.5052000 or me on 087 1947811.  You can also see the other activities on offer at Carton House by checking the Carton House website