Coarse Angling Ballinamore
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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 in a five-mile radius, plus some 17km of riverbank.
Bream and roach are the specialty catch in the Ballinamore area. The bream here average around 2.5lb, with some going up to 7lb. Roach run at an 8-10oz average, going up to 1.5lb at the higher end.
Lake Bolganard, a short distance from the town, produced the current Irish record bream weighing 12lb 3oz in 1997. This water is one of a chain of lakes which includes Corgar Lake and Drumlonan Lake, both of which contain tench to specimen size.
Garadice Lake, 1,200ac 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, meanwhile, hold bream of 1-2lb, with roach and hybrids to be found, too.
Other waters nearby include the lakes of Ardameenan, Corduff, and Willowfield, as well as Lough Awaddy. Access to the waters has been well-developed, with fishing stands, stiles, lakeshore drives, and car parks provided. Bait stockists and boats are available locally.