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LakeboatAt the upstream limit of the Erne navigation, the historic town of Belturbet has a long track record in angling tourism and continues to provide an excellent base for the visiting pike angler.

There are still many bays and backwaters to be experienced on these fantastic systems and pike anglers of all levels will find a great variety of waters to meet all expectations and aspirations.

Upper Lough Erne is one of the principal pike angling resources for the above angling centre and covers an area of circa 1,552 hectares. This lake offers very good pike fishing with many pike over 30lbs recorded annually. There is a large network of lakes offering excellent bank and boat fishing and there are a number of well established pike waters including the River Erne, Upper Lough Erne and satellite lakes. This is joint jurisdictional water which straddles the border with Northern Ireland. Visiting anglers should acquaint themselves with the legislative requirements for fishing in Northern Ireland.
The stretches of the River Erne located north and south of Belturbet each have different characteristics. The 7km stretch located upstream of Belturbet to Bakers Bridge comprises a series of deep pools linked by smooth shallow glides. The 8km downstream stretch below Belturbet is part of the Erne navigation and is generally deep and slow flowing. Some wider sections are to be found along its course.

The river produces good catches of pike including fish to over 20lbs to all methods. Pike are well dispersed throughout the system but can be concentrated in certain areas especially prior to spawning. The seasonal movements of fodder fish also influence the numbers of pike present at certain times of the year. On the stretch above the town bank fishing is the norm whilst boat fishing is more widely practiced below the town.

Types of Fishing

Pike, Coarse, Salmon, Bream, Trench

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About Belturbet:

Belturbet is a lively and bustling town on the River Erne an excellent base for exploring the river and the Shannon-Erne Canal.  The area is a magnet for anglers as there is a variety of catch to be had in the local waters.  The River and numerous surrounding lakes make Belturbet a very popular destination for anglers. With several restaurants and many of the town's pubs also providing food, there are many options for eating out


Driving Distance 1 hour & 50 mins– From Dublin follow the N3/M3 route towards Cavan.  Take the Belturbet road from Cavan until you reach the main street and after crossing over the bridge, take a right turn where you will see Flynn’s Public House located.  Then take another immediate right (signposted Foalies Bridge) and continue straight to the left of the road and Foalies Bridge is on the left hand side.  Please note access through the security gates must be arranged in advance.

Places on interest

·         Cavan Crystal Factory Shop


·          Cloughouther Castle


·         Turbet Island Natural Park with Motte and Bailey (the site has walking trails and information panels for visitors.


·         Restored Mill & Bakery Belturbet Railway Station

Activities in Belturbet:

·         Bike Hire

·         Golfing

·         Nature Walks

·         Spa Retreats

·         Fishing

·         Horse Riding

·         Cruising

·         Water sports

·         Hill walking

·         Swimming

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