A Fishing Paradise
Situated on a hill-top beside the border in North West Monaghan, Clones is surrounded by up to sixty lakes within a five-mile radius. It is part of the Erne Catchment which is potentially one of the great fisheries of Europe.
Lakes in the Clones area
The River Finn
Enters the Erne 6.5km outside Clones and the maze of interconnected lakes that make up the Erne system are only a short drive away. The River Finn is recognised as an excellent coarse fishery with good quality bream.
Is 4.5km out of town with access from Clones/Scotshouse road. There are deep sluggish reaches with clean banks and this section of the river is a popular match section with capacity for 50 anglers. Car parking is available at the bridge and along the road that runs parallel to the river.
Is the next bridge downstream from Annies Bridge and has some good pools. However it is not easily accessible and so is rarely fished.
Is the next bridge downstream from Ballyhoe on the N54Cavan road, approximately 6.5km from Clones. It has clean banks and deep holes with a good head of fish including big pike. In this area the river widens into two fishable ‘loughs’ Garrow and Sarah which are both in Co Fermanagh. Indeed most of the river downstream of Clonesforms the border with Northern Ireland.
Is a 4 hectare lake which lies 3km south off the R189 to Cootehill, by a side road to the left immediately after the bridge over the Finn. There is a car park, fishing stands all round and a good stock of all thelocal coarse species including good perch.
Horseshoe (Kilroosky) Lake
Is located 1.5km to the north of Clones at Lisnaroe. Fork left at the RC church on the hill. The entrance stile to the lake on the right is directly opposite a cottage on the left. The lake is bisected by the border with fishing stands on the southern side. There is limited car parking along the narrow road but care must be taken not to block gateways.
Is 1km past Horseshoe Lake. Turn right and Summerhill is on the right. It covers and area of approximately 2 hectares and is bisected by the border with fishing from stands on the South shore.
Lies 2km out of Clones on the Carraghveetra road. There are 20 match pegs on the lake.
Is 3km to the north off the Roslea road on the left hand side. The lake is approximately 5 hectares and is suitable for disabled anglers with waterside parking.
Munilly (Cloncallig) Lake
Is situated off the Clones/Scotshouse road. Fishing is from stands. There is limited car parking.
Other lakes promoted locally include Dummys and Corconnelly Lakes.