Lough Sheelin is situated in the North Midlands about 7 miles from Castlepollard, on the borders of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath and is part of the River Inny system. It is 8 km long (5 miles) over 1.6 km wide (1 mile) covering an area of approx 1880 Hectares (4500 acres). This is a rich limestone lough with a capacity to produce and maintain a good stock of large wild brown trout. The high pH factor of the water, combined with its low average depth profile gives it excellent trout producing potential. Fishery scientists have calculated that it has a capacity to carry a bigger stock of brown trout than any Lough in Ireland.
Frequently anglers report catching fish in the range 3lbs – 7lbs. The average weight based on catch statistics in recent years is about 2lbs to 3lbs. The lake is managed by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board who work with the local anglers, the Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association to protect and develop the lake.
OPEN SEASON: March 1st – October 12th
SPECIES: Wild Brown Trout, Pike, Perch. Wild Brown Trout averaging about 2lbs to 3lbs with fish to 10lbs and larger possible. Pike angling is allowed in open season subject to the lake regulations and national Bye laws.
Good public access to the lake is available at both sides of Inny bridge in Finea village, Kilnahard Quay, Crover Pier, Tonagh Pier, and Sailors Garden.