The Blackwater region has a rich variety of coarse angling rivers and lakes. The centres highlighted contain the commonly found coarse fish species of bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, pike, perch and eels. Waters containing additional species such as tench are noted where appropriate. Clones provides a variety of good small lakes with angling stands developed for the pleasure angler. There are also a number of lightly fished smaller waters, many yet undiscovered, which are ideal for those with a small portable boat or float tube.
The lowland River Blackwater region provides miles of excellent river fishing. Of particular note are Creeve Lough, (Bream, Roach, Perch, Tench, Pike and Eels) and Lough Enagh, close to Caledon (Beam, Roach, Perch, Hybrids, Tench, Pike and Eels).
There are no licences or permit requirements for coarse fishing in Co. Monaghan and many angling centres contain the commonly found coarse fish species – bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, pike, perch and eels. Some waters contain tench and carp.
Monaghan town is an ideal base for fishing the waters of North Monaghan and South Tyrone. There are several well-known coarse fishing spots in the area and these are as follows:
Is known as the ‘lake in the town’ as it is just north of the town centre and left of the N2 going North. It covers less than 1 hectare with depths to 3m and is surrounded by a path and the banks are firm. It is match standard with 20 pegs. Tench to over 5lbs have been taken at this venue. All methods work here but it can favour the pole as the lake gets a growth of lilies in summer. There is excellent parking in the car park off Glaslough Street and on the nearby road. A great venue for young anglers and access for disabled anglers is available.
Lies 3km to the north west of Monaghan on the R186 to Scotstown and Tydavnet at the edge of a forest area. The signposted entrance has one fishing stand and is a concealed entrance on a busy road. The lake covers an area of 4 hectares with depths to 4m and is generally reed fringed with a soft shoreline. Drumreask has recorded tench to over 6lbs and also contains good general species.
Is a 12 hectare lough and reservoir also by the R186. At the crossroads 1km beyond Drumreaske, take the left turn to Ballinode. The signposted entrance to the lake is a short distance on the left. As the entrance is on business premises it is important to shut the gate. This is a reed fringed lake and there is club standard match fishing with 20 pegs. The lake holds a good stock of fish including tench to over 6lbs. Parking is located on the grass verges at the end of the lane. Please do not obstruct any gates.
The Rossmore Park Lakes
Are a group of lakes which lie in Rossmore Park, a Coillte Forest Park on the R189 3km southwest of Monaghan Town. There is excellent parking but access to the lakes is difficult with foot access only. A trolley to wheel tackle to your chosen lake is advisable and there are good pathways. The most popular angling venues in this cluster are the Twin Lakes, Castle Lake, Priestfield Lake and Barnhill Lake. These lakes are generally shallow and best suited to pole and float fishing. All of the lakes are well signposted.
The Twin Lakes
Cover an area of approximately 3.5 and 4.5 hectares respectively with depths to 2.5m. They contain good stocks of roach, rudd and perch and also can produce pike to specimen size. Being shallow they favour pole and float rigs and as they are reed fringed with tree lined banks swim clearance is sometimes necessary. They also get a heavy growth of lilies during the summer.
Covers an area of 2.5 hectares with depths to 2.5m. It is a shallow water which gets a growth of lilies in summer so is best fished by pole or float. Carp are reported to be present in this lake.
Covers an area of 2 hectares with depths to 2.5m. This lake contains stocks of pike, perch, tench and rudd and carp are also present. Pole and float produce the best results.
Is a small Lake covering an area of approximately 1- hectare with depths to 1.5m. It has stocks of carp. Pole and float methods are the best on this small water.
Is a small 2-hectare lake located 5km north of Emyvale. It is a shallow lake with soft, reed fringed margins and it gets a growth of lilies in summer. Access and parking are difficult on this lake which contains good stocks of tench. There are some fishing stands available.
Is located 2km south of the pretty village of Glaslough and covers an area of 6 hectares. Access is best from the south-eastern shoreline of this lake and there are some stands available. Car parking is difficult on the small roadway and anglers should take extreme care.
Lies about 2km directly east of Emyvale. Take the Glaslough road from Emyvale to Glennan village and then the first left in the village for about 3km to the lake on the left. The entrance is at the roadside farmyard. Parking on the narrow roads around the lake is difficult. The lake covers an area of 10 hectares and has soft margins. Stiles and footbridges have facilitated access and there are some stands on the eastern shore which allow anglers to fish this heavily reeded lake.
Is located on the grounds of the Leslie estate in the village of Glaslough. Permission must be obtained from the owners before fishing and details of the relevant charges can be obtained from the castle. This lake contains an excellent stock of coarse fish and this together with the quality of pike angling makes it one of the most beautiful angling venues in Europe. Both boat and gillie services are available at this venue. For fishing conditions, charges and reservations.
Tel: (047) 88109,
Fax: (047) 88256,
Is really on the Erne system but is included here as a recognised Monaghan Town area coarse lake. It is a 4 hectare ‘bulb’ on the old Ulster canal about 8km out of town off the N54 Monaghan-Clones road. Take a left for about 2km towards Kilnaclay. It is recommended as a fishery for beginners. Fishing is from stands.
Is also on the Erne System and is situated near Scotstown village. It covers an area of approximately 11 hectares. Access is via the amenity area where there is good car parking. Fishing is from stands.