Cavan is reputed to contain 365 lakes. At 18.8 km2 (7.3 sq mi), Lough Sheelin is the countys largest lake situated in the south of the county and forms a three way border on its waters between counties Meath and Westmeath and Cavan, It is renound for being one of the best trout fisheries in Ireland, if not one of the best in Europe A large complex of lakes form in the north and west of Cavan into designated Specially Protected Areas (SPA), example of this being Lough Oughter. Other important wildlife protected lakes such as Lough Gowna and Lough Ramor are in the south and east of the county offering unspoiled fishing. Killykeen Forest Park at Lough Oughter offers the visiting fisherman a 60 peg match length where the annual King of Clubs competition is held. Boats from the Coillte reception for first class Pike fishing in the area and also access to pegs on Inch Island. Fishing is good on the match length and elsewhere for Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch & good Pike. Roach fishing is very good in the river between the lakes.
Below is a map showing the best fishing spots around
Map Courtesy of Inland Fisheries Ireland
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Cavan is the source of many rivers in Ireland. Shannon Pot on the slopes of Culicagh is the source of the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland at 386 km (240 mi). The River Erne is a major river which rises from Beaghy Lough, two miles (3 km) south of Stradone in Cavan and flows for 120 km (75 mi) to Lough Erne. Other rivers in the county include the Blackwater River from Lough Ramor which joins the River Boyne at Navan. the Dee which springs near Bailieborough, the River Annalee which flows from Lough Sillan and joins the Erne, the Cladagh river rises from Culicagh and flows into Fermanagh. The Glyde and the Owenroe also source in Cavan.