Keshcarrigan Lough


Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Fishery Information

Keshcarrigan Lough is a mesotrophic freshwater lake located near the village of Keshcarrigan in northwest Ireland. The name derives from the Irish “Ceis Charraigín loch,” meaning “Kesh, or causeway, near the little rock, lake.” The lake has a surface area of 0.39 square kilometers with depths of up to 4 meters. It lies due south of Keshcarrigan village and Lough Scur, and is connected to Lough Scur by a small stream about 275 yards in length.

The lake allows for bank fishing from concrete stands on the northern shore, two of which offer wheelchair access. Unfortunately, the ecology of Keshcarrigan Lough and other Leitrim waterways is currently threatened by invasive species, including curly waterweed, zebra mussel, and freshwater clam.

What size do the fish go to?

Fish present in Keshcarrigan Lough include “roach-bream hybrids,” Roach, Perch, and Bream up to 4lbs. The Pike population consists of the “native Irish strain” with stocks of Pike weighing up to 8 pounds. Additionally, you can find Eel in this lake.

What tactics work well?

All legal fishing methods are allowed at Keshcarrigan Lough, but live bait is not allowed for pike fishing. Anglers have found success with rod, pole, or feeder. There is also lively sport all year round with a mix of fish making it possible to end a pleasure session with 20 to 30lbs on rod, pole or feeder.

What facilities are on site?

The lake features concrete stands for bank fishing on the northern shore, with two of the stands providing wheelchair access. There are also fishing stands along the waterfront, which were reopened in 2012 and quickly regained popularity among anglers.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available. The lake is situated about 500 meters outside the village of Keshcarrigan on the Mohill Road, and there is ample parking available for anglers.

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