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Fishing & Angling

Bloomfield House Hotel, Leisure Club and Spa enjoy an idyllic setting on the shores of Lough Ennell outside of Mullingar town in the midlands of Ireland. It is conveniently located just an hour’s drive from Dublin.

Here, you will find some of the best fishing, angling and water sports that Ireland has to offer. 

Public piers and jetties are located at Bloomfield House Hotel, Buttlersbridge, Whitesbridge Bay, Ladestown and Lilliput. There is good public access off the Mullingar - Kilbeggan road and off the Mullingar - Castletown Geoghegan road.

Lough Ennell covers an area of 3200 acres (1,300 hectares). A feature of the lake is its huge area of shallow water. Nearly two-thirds of it is less than 25 feet and almost half is less than 10 feet deep. There is a good stock of wild brown trout averaging 2lbs. with 3 to 4 lbs. frequently been taken. The Irish record for brown trout which weighted 26lbs. 2ozs was taken on this lake. From the end of September and early October wet fly fishing is very good with bags of 2-3 fish common.

In the area you will find

  • Excellent trout fishing
  • Very good Pike Angling
  • Coarse Angling
  • Choice of productive waters
  • Good public access to these waters
  • Good infrastructure, boat hire, tackle shops

Sheelin. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. Closed to all angling from 13th October to last day Feb. 
Derravaragh. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Owel. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Ennell. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Mount Dalton. (IFI permit) Trout. 1st May to 12th October.
Lough Glore. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse.
Lough Ree. (No permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. Closes 30th September
Gaulmoylestown. (IFI permit) Carp.
Ballinafid Lake. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse, Carp.
Slevin’s, Sheever, Mc Evoy’s. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse, Carp.
Lough Patrick. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse. 
Doolin Lake. (IFI permit) Pike, coarse. 
River Inny. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. 
River Brosna. (IFI permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. 
River Shannon. (No Permit) Trout, Pike, coarse. 

Angling season for trout
1st March 30th September
Lough Lene. (Club tickets). Brown trout, Rainbow trout, pike. 1st March 30th September.
White Lake. (Club tickets). Brown Trout, Rainbow trout. 1st March 30th September.
Lough Bane. (Club tickets). Brown trout, pike. 1st March 30th September.
Dysart lakes. Pike, coarse.
River Deel. (Club tickets) Wild brown trout.
Stoneyford River. (Club tickets) Wild brown trout.
Royal Canal. (No permit) Pike, coarse.

What are the key angling regulations?

Angling season 1st March to 12th October - Shannon 
Angling season 1st March to 30th September - Eastern.
Three trout bag limit per angler per day.
Trout must be over 30cm in length. (lake).
Trout must be over 25cm in length. (river).
Anglers need permits on some waters.
Club membership required on other waters.

Angling season open all year.
Angler can take four fish per day.
Fish must be under 25cm in length.
Anglers need permits on some waters.

Angling season open all year.
Angler can take one fish per day.
Fish must be under 50cm in length.
Anglers need permits on some waters.

Michael Flanagan - Mick is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on the Midland Lakes. He also operates a Gillie Service.

Tel: (0)44 9348969 or 087 279 7270 • Email:

Lilliput Boat Hire - Address: Lilliput, County Westmeath
Mobile: +353 (0)87 6492866 • E-mail:

Lilliput is located on the scenic shores of Lough Ennell, Co. Westmeath. Being one of the few inland facilities in Ireland to be a holder of the prestigous Blue Flag award, Lilliput is a beautiful and historic park which can cater for everybody's tastes.

Boat Hire Eileen Hope - Eileen Hope is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Ennell.
Address: Lough Ennell, Mullingar, County Westmeath • Tel: +353 (0)44 9340807

Doolans Boat Hire - Lough Owel is a well known Trout Lake. It covers an area of 2,500 acres and is situated 3km north of Mullingar on the N4. The open season is from 1st March - 12th October. We have a fleet of Fibre Glass Boats and engines can be provided. We also arrange a Ghillie service.

Address: Doolan's Boat Hire , Lough Owel , Mullingar, County Westmeath 
Tel: +353 (0)44 9342085 • E-mail:

Irish Angling Safaries - Irish Angling Safaris on Lough Derravaragh, offers visiting anglers the complete fishing package. We arrange accommodation in a choice of hotels, guesthouses or Self Catering Cottages. Our boats, which have been specially imported from the US are fully equipped with all the latest angling gadgetry, comfort, safety and technology. Alan is a well known fisherman, writer and broadcaster on pike matters. He'll be on hand to advise you throughout your stay.
Address: Crookedwood, County Westmeath • Tel: +353 (0)44 9372015 • Web:

Lough Derravaragh Boat Hire - Situated on the shores just off the N4, 4 kms outside the village of Multyfarnham. We provide fiberglass lake boats with outboard engines, lifejackets & fuel.
Address: Donore Shore, Multyfarnham, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9371500 • Fax: +353 (0)44 9371394
Mobile: +353 (0)86 8230363 • E-mail:

Boat Hire Oliver Daly - Oliver Daly is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Derravaragh. He also operates a Gillie Service.
Address: Multyfarnham, County Westmeath • Tel: +353 (0)44 9371220

Boat Hire Martin Fagan - Martin Fagan is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Derrvaragh.
Address: Fulmourth, Multyfarnham, County Westmeath • Tel: +353 (0)44 9371353

Angling White Lake - The White Lake is four miles east of Castlepollard, County Westmeath. It is stocked with both rainbow and brown trout. There is a 10 inch ( 254 mm ) size limit and a bag limit of six trout. This lake is managed by White Lake Anglers' Association.
Address: Castlepollard, County Westmeath • Tel: +353 (0)44 9348650

O'Malleys Fishing Tackle Specialist, Watchmaker & Jeweller - Mullingar's oldest established tackle shop! For the best local fishing knowledge and appropriate fishing tackle, come to Mullingar's longest established tackle shop.
Address: Dominick Street, Mullingar, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9348300 • E-mail:

Mullingar Sailing Club - A small friendly club situated at Lough Owel just outside Mullingar. The water quality is excellent as the lake forms the reservoir for Mullingar water supply. Facilities include clubhouse, hard standing and launching slipway.
Address: Lough Owel, Mullingar, County Westmeath • Tel: +353 (0)44 9342058
E-mail: • Web: