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Angling in Leitrim

Anglers visiting Leitrim will find a rich variety of waters, which offer unlimited opportunities to pursue a variety of coarse and game fish.

These lakes and rivers have good stocks of Bream, Roach, Rudd, Pike, Perch and Eels. Many also contain Bream Hybrids and some contain Tench to specimen size.

Specimen hunters in search of large Tench, Bream and Pike will find many waters where their efforts will be rewarded.

This is an unexplored aspect of coarse angling in Leitrim and surveys have revealed waters with specimen fish, which are never hooked.

The specialist match angler is offered many opportunities to participate in the numerous three and four day angling festivals organised by the local angling and tourist associations and the major international events.

Sonaghan trout are unique to Lough Melvin, while Ferrox trout are also to be found in the lake feeding on char and other fish.

There is water here to suit all tastes. The pleasure angler seeking large open waters with the promise of outstanding bags of Bream and Roach can choose from the wider stretches of the River Shannon or large lakes such Garadice Lake, Lough Allen, Gulladoo or Lough MacNean

Salmon fishing opens on January 1, on a handful of rivers and after that the remainder of rivers on various dates in February, March, April and May. Please be sure to checl locally for opening dates.

The majority of rivers close on September 30, but some rivers remain open for sea trout fishing until October 12. Game fish species include wild salmon, grilse, sea trout and brown trout.

Both beginners and experienced anglers are advised to hire the services of a local guide for the first few days on the water. They will know the best flies, which tackle to use and local fishing lore.

Many pike anglers see Leitrim as the place to visit for pike angling where its many lakes and canals produce top specimen pike.

Pike Angling in Co. Leitrim can be carried out in the following areas: Ballinamore, Carrick on Shannon, Carrigallen, Dromod, Drumshanbo, Keshcarrigan, Kiltyclogher and Roosky. Pike angling mainly takes place in the spring and the autumn.