Ballymote & District


The Undiscovered Fishing Paradise of the North West

Ballymote, situated 15 miles south of Sligo town, holds some of the most spectacular fishing waterways to be found in the north west of Ireland. Here is a list of all the hot spots to fish when visiting the Ballymote area. NOTE All the club waters are catch & release Keepnets are allowed all anglers are requested to make sure all nets are dipped (disinfected) to protect our waters.

Owenmore River Cluid Stretch

This stretch situated approx 2 miles outside Ballymote Ballinacarrow road, holds bream, rudd, hybrids, perch. Bags of Bream up to 100lbs weight have been recorded on this stretch. A very accessible stretch with styles over all the drains car parking facalities are in place with a stoned track to the river.

Owenmore River Competition Stretch

Situated 3 miles from Ballymote this stretch also holds large sized Bream, hybrids, Rudd, Pike and Perch. Best fished from June onwards. Big bags of fish have been caught on this stretch. This stretch is famous for it's competition facilities and good fishing. Other locations on the Owenmore river that are good for producing good bags of fish are at Marlow Bridge, take R293 Gurteen road out of Ballymote and turn right over railway tracks, R296 Tubbercurry road at Ardconnell bridge, first turn left after factories (2) and Oldrock bridge and Carrowreagh bridge.

Ballinascarrow Lake

Just 1 mile east of Ballymote. This lake has large stocks of Bream, Rudd, Hybrids and large Carp which have been seen but in all the years of people fishing the lake have yet to be caught. Inland Fisheries Ireland and Ballymote Angling Club have upgraded the existing facilities by adding stands, stiles and a car park and the work is ongoing. All anglers are requested to park at the main car park after droping off their fishing tackle at the lake.

Ardrea Lake

A small lake situated 2 miles north of Ballymote, holds large stocks of Bream, Carp, Rudd, Hybrids, specimen Tench, Perch and Pike. A very accessible lake with 3 fishing stands on the roadside of the lake.

Cloonacleigha Lake

Situated 4 miles west of Ballymote opposite Templehouse Lake. The lake covers approximately 30 acres. There is a slip way at the edge of the lake for launching boats. Pike over 20lbs are very common on this lake.

Templehouse Lake

Situated 4 miles north west of Ballymote. This lake of 200 acres is best fished from Kilbrattan shore for Bream,Roach Rudd, and Hybrids, and Pike after permission has been obtained from Mr Rodrick Perceval at Templehouse best fishing from late May on-wards when fish move up from the main river . The lakeside bridge is famous for its Bream and Roach fishing. Boats are for hire at Templehouse. Self Catering accommodation is also available at Templehouse for anglers who wish to stay local and avail of the fantastic Bream fishing on the lake just log on to

Feenagh Lake (Brown) & Lough Na Leibe. (Brown & Rainbow)

Feenagh lake is a stocked brown trout lake in the Ballymote area, which is stocked annually by the angling club. Recent years has seen Feenagh fishing its best. Brown trout up to 5 1/2lbs have been caught in recent seasons.Lough Na Leibe is a stocked lake with Brown & Rainbow Trout and Day Tickets are required. Row boats are available for hire on Feenagh lake only.

Fin Lough
This lake is situated on the road which leads up to the Ladies Brae, off the main N17. Take the right turn at the crossroads past Kilvarnet cemetery the lake runs along the road with ten fishing pegs holds good stocks of Tench/Rud and Bream Pike and Perch. The club has a policy of catch and release on all club waters, keepnets are allowed and club waterkeepers are appointed signs are posted on all club waters.
Lough Arrow

Famous for its brown Trout, this 3123 acre limestone lake is one of Ireland's cleanest and most renowned fishing lakes. There are large areas of shallows with prolific hatches of fly and a wide variety of fishing.

Other Activities to do in Ballymote

ballymote_castleBallymote has a beautiful 9-hole golf course situated 3 miles east of Ballymote where visitors are welcome. Green fees can be paid on the day to the clubhouse.

The town has numerous public houses with traditional Irish music sessions at the weekend in many of the pubs.

Ballymote is also noted for it's lovely pint of Guinness, so while visiting why not try one!

There are numerous archaeological sites in the area from 5,500 year old megalithic monuments to the 13th century castle found in the town's park.

Visit Carrowkeel, one of Ireland's largest Passage Tomb Cemeteries.

Ballymote is close to other major centres such as Sligo, Tubbercurry, Boyle, Collooney and is easy to access by road or rail and Knock International Airport is only 20 minutes away.

Various festivals occur throughout the year in the town.

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