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The Central Fisheries Board, Unit 4,
Swords Business Campus,
Balheary Road, Swords, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)18842 600
F: +353(0)18360 060
The numerous interconnected lakes that form the headwaters of the Erne are collectively known as the Gowna lakes. Lough Gowna consists of a number of large basins connected by short river stretches and is principally pike fishing water.
Lough Gowna provides very good pike fishing with excellent access and facilities. There are many stretches which provide good bank fishing. Most of the shore fishing is accessible from public access points and is generally on clean fishable shores. The main areas of the lake are best fished from a boat. Boats can be easily launched at Dernaferst, Lisanny and Dring. It is also possible to launch boats at Cloone, Aghanoran and Corfree.
It is quite a shallow lake with depths averaging between 2-8m but greater depths up to 15m are to be found at the southern part of the lake near Dring.
Lough Gowna produces pike all year round but the most productive periods tend to be early in the season from March to May and toward the end of the year from September to November. However, fishing may be affected by water temperatures and weather conditions.