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Lough Gowna

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The Central Fisheries Board, Unit 4,Swords Business Campus,Balheary Road, Swords, Dublin,
T: +353(0)18842600
F: +353(0)18360060

The numerous interconnected lakes that form the headwaters of the Erne are collectively known as the Gowna Lakes. Lough Gowna itself 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, too.

Most of the shore fishing is accessible from public access points and is generally on clean, fishable shores, but 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.

Gowna is quite a shallow lake, with depths averaging between 2-8m. 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.