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    Kingscourt – Coarse angling around Cavan

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    Kingscourt Co. Cavan is surrounded by a number of small lakes that produce some excellent catches annually. The largest of the lakes are Whitewood and Ervey, which are complimented by a number of smaller lakes including Muff and the Breakey Lakes. Kingscourt is also strategically placed being close to the Ballyho Lakes, Boursk, Derry Lough, Descart and Rahans.

    Ervey Lake is located approximately 3km S.W. of Kingscourt off the R164. This lake which straddles the Meath Cavan border covers an area of 18 hectares with depths to 6m. The deepest part of the lake is located in the northeastern quadrant. The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board has provided a new car park and slipway on this water. Ervey contains a good stock of roach, tench, bream, hybrids and perch. This lake is also an excellent pike fishery and contains good numbers of pike to spicemen size (9.072kg). Boat fishing can produce excellent results for pike. Boat hire can be arranged locally.

    Breakey Lakes are located 7.5 kms S.W. of Kingscourt off the R178. The larger lake covers an area of 10 hectares with depths to 7m. The deepest are is located on the eastern shoreline south of the island. This lake contains excellent stocks of pike and perch. There are also small stocks of bream in this lake. Access and car parking are very good on this lake and are located on the S.W. corner of the lake. It is also quite easy to launch a boat on this lake.The smaller lake covers an area of about 3 hectares with depths to 5m. It too contains stock of pike and perch. Access is difficult and the shoreline is heavily reeded.

    Muff lake is a small 1hectare lake and is located 3.5km west of Kingscourt. It contains small stocks of pike and perch. The shoreline is heavily reed fringed and the lake margins are very soft in places.

    Whitewood lake is situated 8km south of Kingscourt and 1km south of the village of Kilmainhamwood, Co. Meath. Located off the R162 and covering an area of 35 hectares, Whitewood has depths in excess of 10m on the eastern shoreline. Stands and popular swims are located on the northern shoreline and anglers can expect good catches of roach from this area. Feeder works well early in the year before the weed develops but waggler and pole can produce the best results. The swims here are shallow <2m and ideal casting distance is around 15m. Anglers can draw the feed back to the 10m-pole line and keep feeding to maintain the interest of the fish. Similar tactics can be employed on the western shoreline. Whitewood contains excellent stocks of roach as well as bream, hybrids, tench, perch and pike. This lake is also a notable pike venue and ledgered dead form the shore usually produces the bigger fish. Boat fishing can also produce good results.