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Cavan is widely regarded as Ireland’s finest fishing destination. 2019 was an excellent year for fishing in Cavan with many Cavan fisheries considered among the finest in Europe.

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There are an amazing 365 lakes in Cavan, and the Shannon and Erne rivers. Famous for coarse and pike fishing, there are many fine and game angling river stretches and wild brown trout lake fisheries in County Cavan, including the very famous Lough Sheelin brown trout fishery.

Established angling towns with angler – friendly accommodation offer the visiting angler excellent facilities ensuring a truly memorable holiday. Most angling centres run angling festivals and competitions throughout the year for the match angler. There is no licence or fee required to enjoy coarse fishing in County Cavan. There is a licence requirement when fishing for trout at any of the game fisheries.  Click here for calendar of Angling Festivals in Ireland

If fishing is your thing, Cavan is definitely your spot. Widely regarded as the fishing capital of Ireland! Whether it's coarse, pike or game fishing, we have a quiet spot for you.

Download the County Cavan Angling Guide

Download  Angler Friendly Accommodation

Angling information on County Cavan from Inland Fisheries Ireland 

Killeshandra, Butlersbridge and Cavan - prime pike fishing destinations

PIke fishing in Cavan 

Information on Lough Sheelin brown trout fishery 

Download overview map of Cavan waterways

Click here for information on 2020 Fishing Festivals in County Cavan

Click here for info on pike fishing in Virginia and Bailieborough 

Bait, Boat Hire & Tackle

Bridge Street, Cootehill

CJ Fay

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Belturbet Day Boat Hire

Belturbet

Ideal for sight-seeing and fishing. Visit Crom Castle and explore the majestic River Erne around Belturbet. All safety equipment included. Fishing tackle available.

  • t: 00353 49 95 24775

Boat Hire

Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent
  • t: +353 49 854 0206

Boat Hire

Island View House, Crover Harbour
  • t: +353 86 600 0608

Boat hire

Cassidy's Holiday Cottages, Ballyconnell
  • t: 00 353 049 952 6182
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Boat Hire

Clonandra Cottages, Redhills, Belturbet.

Fishing boat hire

  • t: 00353 47 55292
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Boat Hire

Sean Thornton, Innishmore, Butlersbridge

Wide range of fishing boats available.

  • t: 00353 87 290 5752
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Boat Hire

Angler's Lodge
Killeshandra
Co. Cavan

Paul O’Dowd

  • t: +353 87 653 7575
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Castlehamilton Angling Centre

Castlehamilton Estate, Killeshandra

Angling centre with accommodation,  boat hire and guides.

  • t: 087 207 5013
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Game Fishing

Mountnugent

Lough Sheelin Trout Fishery
Open Season Mar 1 - Oct 12

  • t: 353 49 433 6144
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Game Fishing

Killeshandra

Crenagh Lake trout fishery
Season: 1 May - 31 Oct

  • t: 353 49 4334139
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Game Fishing

Between Shercock and Cootehill

Moyduff Lake
Season: 1 May - 30 Sept

  • t: 353 42 966 9184

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Coarse angling information for County Cavan

  • t: +353 49 4337174
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International Fishing Centre

Loughdooley, Belturbet

French-speaking guides and hosts, on the shores of the River Erne. Self-catering, half & full board pike and coarse angling holidays.

  • t: 00 353 49 9522616
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Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park
(From Cavan take the R198 to Killeshandra. From Killeshandra take the R198 to Cavan)

Beautiful forest park wrapped around the Lough Oughter Lake system. Walks, cycle trails, picnic benches and swimming.

  • t: 049 4361094
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