German anglers Peter and Michaela from Munich enjoyed a great fishing holiday on Lough Gowna recently. The pair stayed at Enaghan Self Catering and were assisted really perfectly by the owners Suzanne and Brendan Reilly.

Lough Gowna  turned out to have quite a lot of hot spots for rather big pike – although the pair were not as lucky as they were last year. Having said that they were more than please with the fishing and during their10-days stay, the anglers caught 9 pike over 80 cm of length, 2 over 90 cm and one 100cm-pike.

91cm pike for Peter

During the first days of the holiday the weather was Irish with ice-cold rain showers, but fishing was good. Later the weather turned better and fishing still was good which was a a real plus!

Peter with the biggest pike of the holiday, a lovely 100 cm fish
Peter with the biggest pike of the holiday, a lovely 100 cm fish

Go fishing…

Located near the Longford border and just south of its neighbouring centre of Arvagh, Gowna is a very attractive crossroads village and was the 2007 winner in the county in Ireland’s Tidiest Town competition. It has long been associated with angling tourism and is a good base from which to explore the complex waters of Lough Gowna, the principal pike fishing water in the upper reaches of the Erne system. The lake covers approximately 1,178 hectares. It is fed by the River Erne which rises 20km upstream of the lake entering and exiting that part of L. Gowna known as Lisanny and Derries on the eastern shores of the Lough. There are good stocks of pike in this lake system and excellent stocks of fodder fish. Pike up to 30 lbs. (13.60 kg.) are recorded annually at this venue.

Michaela had some great pike during the trip, but here she is with a 2.5kg brown trout which took a tolled lure at 9pm one evening