As areas of the Parklands came out of commercial peat production a number of still water fishing lakes were developed as both local and tourist amenities
. The work was carried out by Bord na Móna in conjunction with the Lough Boora Parklands Group, with advice provided by the Central and Shannon Regional Fisheries Boards. Development work began in 1994 and four freshwater fisheries have been created. Details of these fisheries are given below:
Boora Lake is situated in Boora Parklands, south of Loch an Dochais, on the western side of the Cycle Path Road. The lake covers an area of just under five hectares.
The deeper side runs alongside the road and most of the angling is done from this shore and its stands. A coarse fishing lake, it holds good stocks of adult tench over four pounds in weight, and roach. While there is no closed season, best results are had between April and October. The use of worms, maggots, sweetcorn or breadcrumb is recommended and pre-baiting is advised.
Finnamores Lakes consist of Finnamores Upper and Lower. The two lakes cover a total area of ten hectares and are up to three metres in depth. Bank fishing is available and stands are also in place. Both lakes have been stocked with adult tench (up to four pounds in weight), juvenile carp and adult bream.
Developed in 1995 and just under a hectare in size, it has a maximum depth of two metres. A coarse fishing lake, it holds good stocks of tench with regular catches of fish averaging over three pounds.
The lake also holds a stock of small perch. The use of maggots, worms or sweetcorn is recommended and prebaiting is advised. There is no closed season but best results are achieved between April and October. Loch an Dochais has been developed to facilitate anglers with disabilities.
Loch Clochan is situated 2 km east of Cloghan village on the northern side of the R357. The lake covers an area of three and a half hectares and has depths of up to two and a half metres.
The lake is stocked with trout regularly and the average fish size is three quarters of a pound but it is not uncommon to catch fish up to two pounds. The open season is between May the 1st and October the 12th, 8am to 10pm.
Fly fishing from the bank or stands is the only method permitted and there is a bag limit of three fish per rod, per day. All tickets are available from Daley’s Londis Supermarket in Cloghan.