Westmeath, known as the Lake County has game and coarse fishing on lakes that include Lough Ree, Ennell, Owel, Lene, Mount Dalton, and Glore Lake just to mention a few. Also the River anglers are well catered for, with rivers such as the River Inny, River Suck, and Brosna system. If you are looking for a fishing guide service, or reports on how our local waters are fishing then take a look at www.midlandangling.com.
The lakes and rivers across Westmeath have produced some huge catches over the years, and now with Lough Lene near Collinstown we have one of Irelands top rainbow and brown trout fisheries only 20 minutes from Mullingar. This lake produces top angling from early season for trout from March 1st, and the Peter and May Fly fishing is magic.
Lough Owel is another fine lake on our doorstep and also is well worth a trip when visiting Westmeath.
Ennell has started to produce some good fish late into the evening during Peter fishing.
Lough Ree is another spot that we keep an eye on during big fly hatches and it can produce the fish of a lifetime, if you are in the right place at the right time.
Early season river trout fishing on the Brosna always created a buzz, and even dough the fish are small, the colors are beautiful.
Mount Dalton is a late opener, starting in May it will fish quite well. Fly Only.
The Midlands lakes and Rivers are a Mecca for coarse anglers. All across the greater Westmeath area anglers can enjoy some fantastic catches.
On the pike scene huge fish pushing 20lbs plus, feature in many competitions. Also the pleasure pike anglers catch & release fine species’ every season.
Early summer perch fishing is magic on Ennell, and Derravaragh and these colorful fish provide excellent sport.
Another coarse fish species, which feature on our waterways, are super tench, from the Royal Canal, and Slevins Lake, and we have some excellent carp fisheries on our doorstep.
In recent years members of the S.R.F.B. removed top quality tench from Lough Owel, which were stocked into the Royal Canal, and many smaller lakes in the Midlands. We photographed these fish being tagged and released. Members of Mullingar Coarse Angling Club have in recent years reformed, and are working hard to promote match-fishing competitions.