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The Central Fisheries Board, Unit 4,
Swords Business Campus,
Balheary Road, Swords, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Lough Sheelin is over 7kms long and more than 3kms wide and covers an area of 1,800 hectares. It is located along the borders of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath and is part of the River Inny system.
Lough Sheelin is a rich limestone lough with a good stock of large wild brown trout. Trout in excess of 6lbs are caught annually on the fly and good access to the lake is provided at several locations.
May Fly hatches commence around the middle of May to the week of June with the best of spent fishing in the evening. Hatches occur from Derry Point to Curry Rocks, Merry Point, Sandbar, and Plunkett’s Point to Crane Island.
Large hatches of Murrough continue for the month of June with big hatches of large Chironomids in July between Church Island and Rabbit Point. From approximately mid-June to the end of July trout traditionally go on the perch fry. The end of July sees the sedges rising in large numbers particularly around Goreport Bay to Bog Bay and behind Stoney Island, Wall Island and Rusheen Bay.
Very large hatches of Silver Sedges, Grouse Wing and Black Silver horns occur across the North West end of the lake around the same time. As the fish prepare for the toils of winter, September can produce some of the liveliest sport of the year.