Fishing Holidays

Pike fishing:  Lough Key is renowned for good big pike.  Each year the national pike fishing competition takes place on Lough Key in April and invariably the winners catch a number of pike most of which are in the region of 20 lbs in weight.  The months of April, May and September are the best months for pike fishing on Lough Key.  John Burke has compiled detailed information on best fishing spots and most suitable lures to use.  John also advocates using dead bait which can be bought locally.  This information is freely available to anglers when they arrive at Riverhaven so that they can gain maximum fishing advantage and minimum loss of precious holiday time researching and exploring where to fish and what bait to use.  A fishing boat with oars is provided, complimentary, on request with each weeks Log house booking at Riverhavena and outboard engines are also available for hire if required.

The Burke family owns some private forests with small lakes contained within.  There is excellent pike fishing in these lakes and boats on these lakes can also be provided. Additionally there are numerous other pike fishing small lakes and rivers within a radius of 20 miles of Riverhaven.

Trout fishing:  There is excellent wild brown trout fishing on Lough Key in May and June during the May fly season.  The Boyle River is also very good for trout fishing as well as Lough Arrow; the Unshin and Riverstown rivers.  Another excellent lake for trout fishing is Lough Bo, just north of Lough Arrow.

There are a number of small trout fishing rivers locally such as the Arigna River, The Yellow River, The Bonnet nearby Drumkeeran and the Feorish at Geevagh.

Bream, Roach and Perch fishing:  The Boyle River which adjoins the Riverhaven property is ideal for a really peaceful days fishing.  In the early morning and late evening the stillness of the water and the song of the birds is just enchanting.  For most successful fishing ground baiting the swims is advised and directions to the best fishing spots can be given, if desired.  There are no shortage of worms to be found in the compost heap at the cattle shed on the Burke. Guests are welcome to come and collect worms free of charge during their stay at Riverhaven.

At Lough Scur about half an hour’s drive away there is excellent bream fishing.  This and many other local rivers such as the Lung at Lough Gara will provide anglers with lots of choices and variety.

Maggots, worms and an amazing range of fishing tackle, bait and lures can be bought locally at Jamestown just 20 minutes drive from Riverhaven. There is also a very good fishing and tackle shop in the local town of Carrick on Shannon just 10 minutes drive from Riverhaven.

Salmon Fishing:  Salmon fishing is available on the Bunduff river and the Bundrowas near Bundoran, which is a one hour drive from Riverhaven.  Salmon fishing is also available at Ballisodare Bay and on the Moy at Ballina.  The fishing at these two locations is rather expensive but hold great prospects of a nice catch.

Guided Fishing Tours:  Professional fishing guide/ghillie available for bookings on request for either daily or weekly rates.  Quality reliable service, fluent in both English and German, and with vast experience of lakes and rivers including plenty of local knowledge.  If you wish to book a fishing guide/ghillie during your stay at Riverhaven Log Cabins please contact John on 0035386817096 or jpburke7@gmail.com and include the request in your booking enquiry email.