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    Trout in Co. Cavan


    Game angling lakes in the county are Annagh Lake, Moyduff Lake, Holy Lake and Lough Acurry(Grousehall). The main rivers are the River Erne near Belturbet, the River Annalee with its tributaries the Bunnoe & Laragh.


    This Bye-law provides for the following trout conservation measures in Lough Gowna:

    • Provides for a daily bag limit of 4 trout and
    • Prohibits the taking of trout less than 12 inches (30 cm).

    Annagh Lake

    This fine lake near Butlersbridge is managed by the Butlers bridge Trout Angling Co-op Ltd. It is stocked mainly with Rainbow Trout annually. Bank fishing is not allowed and there are 8 boats available for hire. There are good hatches of duckfly and sedges during the angling season and traditional fly patterns will suffice.

    A brochure with information on the fishery is available at this link.


    Lough Acurry ( Grousehall)

    On the Cavan Baileboro road, this fishery is controlled by the Laragh Anglers. There is a stock of good wild Brown Trout which is supplemented annually with some hatchery reared fish. Fishing is from a good bank. The fish can be hard to entice but the best of the fishing is in the summer evenings where sedge patterns including the Murrough. Trout to over 5 lbs. are reported annually.

    Season: 1 March to 30 September.
    Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
    Bag Limits:
    Permits: Mr. Eddie Kelly, Stragliffe, Cavan, Phone: 049 4331540

    Holy Lake

    This stocked lake is managed by the Belturbet Trout Anglers club. This lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and can only be fished by boat. Trout to over 6 lbs. have been recorded. Depending on season, Dryfly, Wetfly and Nymph patterns can all be successful.

    Season: 1 March to 31stOctober.
    Angling Methods: Fly fishing only
    Bag Limits: Three Trout per half day with a size limit of 12 inches
    Permits and Boat hire: Ian Elliot, Tomkin Road, Belturbet. Phone: 049 9522865

    River Erne, Belturbet

    The river upstream of the town bridge at Kilconny to the Railway viaduct is developed for Brown Trout fishing by the local Trout Angling club. There are good variety of fly hatches and wet and dry patterns will produce some fine fishing.

    Season: 1 March to 30 September.
    Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
    Bag Limit: Three Trout with a size limit of 10 inches.
    Permits: Gerry Walsh, 21 Main Street Belturbet, Phone: 049 9522359

    Creenagh Lake

    Mixed trout fishery at Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Fishing from bank and boat. Boats available on site. Day and half day tickets available.

    Season: 1 May to 31 October.
    Angling Methods: Fly fishing only.
    Bag Limit: Four trout limit.
    Permits: Shamrock Inn, Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan. Tel: 049 4334139

    River Annalee

    This long river rises in Lough Sillan at Shercock and is joined by the Dromore River below Cootehill. The Cavan Anglers club control the section of river upstream from Ballyhaise to Ballynallon and a permit is required. Good hatches of Olives and Sedges occur. There is some good fishing at Deredis near Butlersbridge and upstream of Cootehill in the stretch below Knappagh Bridge.

    The Rivers Bunnoe and Laragh are two main tributaries that join the river below Cootehill and there are active clubs on both rivers. Trout to over 3 lbs. are reported annually. Local day permits can be purchased.

    Season: 1 March to 30 September.
    Angling methods: All legitimate methods but check riverside notices and regulations on permit.
    Bag Limit: As per club rules – see local permit

    • River Annalee – Donohoe’s Bar, Ballyhaise.
    • River Bunnoe – Mr. Seamus Hughes, Lisboduff, Bunnoe, Cootehill.
    • River Laragh – Brady’s Bar, The Cross, Stradone.