Coarse Angling Ballinamore

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Ballinamore, Leitrim,

This very well developed coarse angling centre has hosted numerous All-Ireland Championships. Ballinamore is situated on the Shannon Erne Waterway amongst the hills of East Leitrim with 28 lakes within a 5 mile radius, plus some 17km of riverbank.

Bream and roach are the speciality catch in the Ballinamore area. The bream average is around 2.5lbs, going up to 7lb specimens. Roach run at 8 - 10 ounces, going up to 1.5lbs.

Lake Bolganard a short distance from the town produced the current Irish record Bream weighing 12lbs. 3ozs in 1997. This water is one of a chain of lakes the others being Corgar Lake and Drumlonan Lake both of which contain tench to specimen size. Garadice Lake, 1200 acres in size, is one of Ireland's premier waters with big shoals of Bream. It also holds roach, hybrids, rudd, perch and pike. Kiltybardan Lake and St John's Lake hold bream of 1 - 2lbs with Roach and Hybrids also.

Other waters include Ardameenan, Corduff and Willowfield Lakes and Lough Awaddy. Access to the waters has been well developed with fishing stands, stiles, lakeshore drives and car parks well provided. Bait stockists and boats are available locally.