Bolganard Lake


Corgar, Co. Leitrim, Ireland


Fishery Information

Bolgnard Lake, known for producing the current record Irish bream in 1997, is located two miles from Ballinamore on the Cavan road. This famous lake is in proximity to the town of Ballinamore and the locality Cuilmore, County Roscommon. The lake is rich with marginal weed growth and an average depth of about three meters (10ft). New fishing stands have been erected for the convenience of anglers. Bolganard Lake is an ideal spot for catching Roach, Bream, Perch, Pike, Eel & Tench. A notable feature of the lake is that it is reeded, adding to its rich ecology.

What size do the fish go to?

The lake often produces better-than-average size fish with a real chance to catch good nets of bream around 4lb. It’s also noteworthy that Bolgnard Lake produced the current record Irish bream in 1997.

What tactics work well?

Pre-baiting followed by fishing early morning or late evening is recommended to achieve the best results at Bolgnard Lake. Feeder fishing is a reliable method, but float fishing works well too. The most effective baits include bread, worm, caster, pellet, corn, and maggot. All legal methods are accepted when fishing; however, live bait is prohibited when pike fishing.

What facilities are on site?

Bolganard Lake has fishing stands erected for convenience and better angling experiences. There’s a local tackle shop, Angling Centre, in Ballyconnell, County Cavan, where anglers can purchase their supplies. Coarse fishing is free at the lake.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available. There is a small car park followed by a stile, leaving a 100-meter walk. Directions to the lake include taking the first left (with a small finger post to Bolganard) into a narrow lane after leaving Ballinamore on the Cavan road. The car park is on the left, overlooking Bolganard Lake, while on the opposite side of the lane is Drumlonan Lake.

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