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The geography of Northern Ireland means you are never too far away from an excellent fishing location. Check with DCAL, Loughs Agency or your local Tackle Shop regarding which permit is needed for each area.

Map of Northern Ireland

Ballinamallard River

Grid Reference: H247526

Nearest Town: - Ballinamallard

Area/Length: - 1.6 km

Species: - Brown trout and Salmon

Season: - 1 March–30 September

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout.per rod per day .

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size 25.4 cm

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permits

Wild Salmon and Trout River Fishery

This is a small but highly productive river with trout as the main species. There are also some salmon from mid-July in suitable conditions.

The Riversdale Stretch is attractive angling water situated in pleasant woodland. The river benefits from exclusive stocking of salmon fry under a management programme. Day tickets for the upper reaches are available from the Club. In the early part of the season good fishing can be had on the dry fly.

Ballycarry Bridge

Grid Reference: J447949

Best time: July to September.

Best tides: Low water only.

Species: Flounder and mullet.

Baits: Maddies (small ragworm).

Ground: Mud.

Access: Parking on the side of the road

either side of the bridge on the B150 to

Black head from Ballycarry village. There

is a sea pool approx 1/2 acre at the top

of Larne Lough. The pool holds quite a

number of fish that are trapped when the

tide goes out. Very light tackle can be

used and good sport can be had for an

hour or so until the tide returns.

Ballymoney River

Grid Reference: C930237

Nearest Town: - Ballymoney

Area/Length: - 3.4 km

Species: - Brown trout, Salmon and Sea trout

Season: - 1 March - 31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout per day

Size Limit: - Trout minimum takeable size 25.4cm

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Trout, Salmon and Sea Trout Fishery

This is an attractive small river which is fishable from its confluence with the Bann up to Ballymoney town. The lower reach is slow and deep giving way to tree shaded pools and riffles up to the town Above the town the river is typically spawning and nursery habitat which the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is improving as a source of wild stock to enhance the river downstream. Small numbers of salmon and sea trout enter the lower stretches of the river providing opportunities for a surprise encounter with a bigger fish.

Ballynahinch, Annacloy and Quoile Rivers

Grid Reference: J475453

Nearest Town: - Downpatrick

Area/Length: - 11.25 km of river

Species: - Brown Trout, Sea Trout

Season: - 1 March–31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout per rod per day

Size Limit: - Trout minimum takeable size 25.4 cm

Disabled Facilities: - See Disabled Fisheries

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Brown Trout Fishery

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure leases the fishing rights of the river from Downpatrick to Kilmore shown by a yellow line on the map. Fishing is from teh left (Eastern) bank from Kilmore to just downstream of Annacloy and from here to Downpatrick on both banks. Good trout fishing is available in the river downstream from Kilmore. The river stretches are not suitable for disabled anglers. The lower stretches on the River Quoile have disabled facilities.

Boa Island, Lower Lough Erne

Grid Reference: H135630

Boa Island at the north of Lower Lough Erne is one of many top spots on the Erne system. Fly fishing for the Lough’s indigenous Brown Trout is popular around all the islands south of Boa Island; Lusty More and Lusty Beg provide shelter in strong winds. There is a wide range of boat hire and permit distributors in the local area.

CARRICKAREDE ROPE BRIDGE

Grid Reference: C936438

Best time: July to 1st week in October.

(WARNING - only fish this mark in calm

weather and have a head for heights.

You must climb around a lot of rocks).

Best tides: Any time.

Species: Coalfish, pollock, wrasse

and mackerel.

Baits: Mackerel and sand eel, float

fishing and spinning.

Access: Car park off the main coast

road. 20 minute walk to the rope bridge

and island.

Colebrook River

Grid Reference: H335347

Nearest Town: - Lisnaskea

Area/Length: - 3.2 km

Species: - Trout, Salmon ,Roach, Bream, Perch, Rudd, Eels and the occasional Pike

Season: - 1 March–30 September for trout and salmon All year for coarse fish.

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing for trout and salmon. All lawful methods including ground bait and maggots for coarse fish

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout per rod per day.

Size Limit: - Minimum takable size 25.4 cms

Boats: - Fishing from boats is not permitted

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licences

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Some Trout and Salmon but mainly a Bream, Roach and Pike Fishery

This is mainly a coarse fishery however salmon and a few brown trout up to 2Kg are often caught towards the end of the season when moving from the Lough to spawning grounds in the upper reaches of the river. Large pike are numerous and provide good sport.

Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne

Grid Reference: H362246

Situated in the south of Upper Lough Erne near Newtonbutler, the Crom Estate is an area popular for Bream and Roach. Ghillie and boat hire are available for flying fishing and Brown Trout. All permits and hire can be arranged through the National Trust Visitor Centre.

Dungonnell Lough

Grid Reference: D202174

Nearest Town: - Ballymena

Area/Length: - 28 hectares

Species: - Brown trout

Season: - 1 March–31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 2 trout per rod per day

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size 25.4 cm

Boats: - Fishing from boats is not permitted

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Brown Trout Fishery

This long and narrow reservoir lies in wind-swept moorland on the upper reaches of the Clough River. The shores near the dam are rocky and very good for shore fishing. On the south side the shore is firm for most of the distance, but the west shore is more marshy as you go eastward and care should be taken. The peninsula on the north side just above the dam gives a pleasant variation with a sheltered bay in the lee side. The reservoir contains native brown trout from the inlet spawning streams that grow to 2.5kg. There are good caddis hatches in early summer evenings.

Estuary

Grid Reference: C847324

The Bann Estuary is an extensive

area of sand dune and mud flats

stretching for 11km from the Cutts

at Coleraine to the sea. The estuary

is an area of Special Scientific

Interest and an important breeding

and wintering ground for wildfowl.

Sea Trout move in and out of the

estuary with each tide, particularly

between June and September.

The angler at this time is likely to

enjoy good sport, with fish in the

1-3lb range. Also present in large

numbers are the elusive and wary

Grey Mullet and the predatory Bass.

Due to the size of the area and the

specialized nature of the fishing, the

use of a Bann System Ltd guide is

recommended.

GLENARM BEACH

Grid Reference: D311152

Best time: July to December.

Best tides: Low water to full tide.

Species: Flounder, plaice, coalfish,

whiting, dogfish and rockling.

Baits: Ragworm, lugworm, mackerel and

squid cocktail.

Ground: This beach is a mixture of

stones and sand and has good night

fishing. There is plenty of light from

the main road and it is very sheltered.

Hotspot is in front of the police station.

Access: At the left side of the harbour.

Lough Lee

Grid Reference: H254762

Nearest Town: - Drumquin

Area/Length: - 15 hectares

Species: - Brown trout

Season: - 1 March–20 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout per rod per day

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size 24.5 cm

Boats: - Fishing from boats is not permitted

Licence: - Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Lough Lee is located in a wild and beautiful setting among the mountains of west Tyrone. In spite of its isolation, the walk from the nearest country road, less than 1.6 km, takes 25 to 30minutes by the path staked out for anglers. This is sheep country and dogs are not welcome. All legal methods of angling are permitted.

Trout up to ½ kg are abundant but can be difficult to entice with some larger trout up to 1 kg also taken from time to time. The water is crystal clear beautifully marked wild trout bear little discolouration from the surrounding upland peat.

Lough Macnean

Grid Reference: H130371

Upper and Lower Lough Macnean are split by the border of Northern Ireland. A large section of the Upper Lough to the west of Belcoo is in Northern Ireland. This is a privately owned lake but access is readily available; permits can be obtained from Corralea Forest Lodge, Belcoo. The lough is notable for Pike but a wide range of coarse fish are available.

Lower Bann River

Grid Reference: H990910

Bankside fishing is available along the length of this long river. However a 14 mile stretch downstream from the eel weir at Toome is popular for coarse fishing.

Lower Lough Erne

Grid Reference: H213497

Nearest Town: - Enniskillen

Area/Length: - 15,303 hectares

Species: - Pike, Perch, Rudd, Bream, Roach, Brown trout and Eels

Season: - 1st March - 30th September for Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon. All year for Pike and other coarse fish.

Methods: - All lawful methods including ground bait and maggots for coarse fish. When trolling, fishing rods and lines or hand lines only a maximunm of:- (a)four are allowed in a boat occupied by two,three or more people. (b)two in a boat occupied by one person.

Daily Bag Limit: -6 trout per rod per day .

Salmon - From the opening day of the season until the 31st May there is catch and release only. From the 1st June until the end of the season there is a 2 salmon per day bag limit.

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size for trout 30 cm

Boats: - Fishing from mechanical and non mechanical boats is permitted

Licence: - A DCAL Game Fishing Licence is required when fishing for trout and salmon.

Margy, Carey and Glenshesk Rivers

Grid Reference: D130393

Nearest Town: - Ballycastle

Area/Length: - Margy 0.8 km Carey 3.6 km Glenshesk 5 km

Species: - Salmon, Sea trout and Brown trout

Season: - 1 March–31 October

Methods: - Margy River - fly fishing only between Bonamargy Bridge and the confluence of the Carey River. Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing on the remainder. Carey and Glenshesk rivers - fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - There is no bag limit for Trout. Salmon limits click here

Size Limit: - None

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit and a Day Ticket

MOVANAGHER BEAT

Grid Reference: C913151

This is a half mile beat lying

between Movanagher weir

Culiff Rock, just north of Kilrea.

beautiful streamy beat contains

a substantial stretch of the old

riverbed and presents excellent

fishing opportunities. The dry

fishing for Brown Trout, particularly

sedge fishing on summer evenings,

can be very exciting and Trout

8lbs in weight have been caught

this stretch. The Salmon fishing

be first rate, particularly if the

is low and fish linger in the

prior to running the weir.

PORTNA CANAL

Grid Reference: C926125

This 100m long canal is a Pike

fishers’ haven. As soon as the Lower

Bann reaches winter levels, the Pike

take up residence and remain there

throughout the winter months.

Larger Pike are mainly taken on

ledgered baits, with Rainbow Trout

being particularly recommended,

while the smaller jacks are

mostly caught on spinners. Most

recently, fly fishing has become a

popular method of fishing for Pike;

successful fly patterns vary from

angler to angler, but any fly with

a touch of tinsel should work well.

Other fish species found in the canal

include Bream and Perch. Access to

the canal is excellent, with parking

being available within 10m of the

canal.

PORTRUSH HARBOUR WALL

Grid Reference: C858407

Best time: April to November.

Good for plaice April to July. July to

September for other species. October

to December for whiting and codling.

Best tides: Anytime. Rising tide is better.

Species: Plaice, dab, dogfish, coalfish,

pollock, flounder, wrasse, thornback

ray, conger eel, whiting, coddling and

mackerel (in season).

Baits: Ragworm, lugworm, mackerel,

peeler crab, sand eel, squid and mussel.

Ground: Rough ground for the first

twenty yards then over sand.

Access: Harbour car parks.

River Blackwater

Grid Reference: H826512

Nearest Town: - Blackwatertown

Area/Length: - 2.5km

Species: - Salmon, Brown trout (Dollaghan in season)

Season: - 1 March–31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, Spinning and Worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout per rod per day.

Size Limit: - Minimum takable size 25.4 cms

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Salmon and Trout River

This stretch of the River Blackwater, which lies mainly upstream of Blackwatertown Bridge, is available to Department permit holders on the right (Co Armagh) bank. This short stretch provides good game fishing water downstream of the island where there are a number of known salmon lies.

River Bush

Grid Reference: C945332

Nearest Town: - Bushmills, Dervock, Armoy

Area/Length: - 38.5km

Species: - Salmon, Brown trout, Sea trout

Season: - 1 March–20 October

Methods: - Fly only from 1st March - 30th June. Fly fishing, worm fishing and spinning from 1st July from Belisle bridge to Walkmills and on the Stracam tributary to to Dervock.

Daily Bag Limit: - There is no bag limit for trout. Daily bag limits for salmon are available from the Permits & Licences section of this web site under General Information

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size for brown trout is 25.4 cm

Other Restrictions: - A short stretch above Benvardin Bridge is closed to anglers.

Disabled Facilities: - See Disabled Fisheries

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing

River Bush - Day Tickets Stretches

Grid Reference: C937395

Nearest Town: Bushmills

Area/Length: Town Stretch -300 metres 3 rods New Stretch - 457 metres 3 rods Leap Stretch - 560 metres 6 rods Dundarave Stretch 2.8 km 6 rods

Species: Salmon, Brown trout, Sea trout

Season: 1 March–20 October

Methods: Fly fishing and worm fishing permitted at all times. Shrimp fishing is only permitted on the Town and New stretches. Spinning is not permitted when the red section is visible on the marker posts erected at the head of each stretch. Prawns may not be used.

Daily Bag Limit: Salmon limits click here

Size Limit: All trout under 25.4 cm in length, and all juvenile salmon, must be returned unharmed to the water

Other Restrictions: Full details of all the River Bush angling restrictions are available from the River Bush Tickets section of this web site under General Information

Licence: DCAL Game Fishing Licence

Permit: DCAL Game Fishing Permit

River Lagan Iveagh

Grid Reference: J148596

Nearest Town: - Dromore, Magheralin, Moira, Lurgan

Area/Length: - Approximately 11.3 km

Species: - Salmon and Brown trout

Season: - 1 March–30 September

Methods: - Fly fishing only, except on the stretch of the river from the downstream side of Steps Bridge, Magheralin (near Express Dairy (NI) Ltd) to Spencer’s Bridge, where from 1 June fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing are permitted

Daily Bag Limit: - 6 Brown Trout per rod per day.

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size 25.4 cm

Other Restrictions: - Sunday fishing is not permitted except on the stretch between Steps Bridge and Spencer’s Bridge (notices posted)

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - Iveagh anglers day ticket

Iveagh Angling Club makes an unlimited number of day tickets available to non-Club members. These day tickets are on sale at: - McIlduff's Fishing and Fieldsports Store, Unit 2B Gilpinstown Road, Lurgan, BT66 8RL.

River Lagan Shaws Bridge

Grid Reference: J331695

Nearest Town: - Belfast

Area/Length: - 1 km

Species: - Salmon and Brown Trout

Season: - 1st March - 31st October

Methods: - Fly Fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 Brown Trout per rod per day.

Size Limit: - Minimum takable size 25.4 cms

Disabled Facilities: - See Disabled Fisheries

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Salmon and Trout Fishery

The fishery is close to Belfast City Centre. It stretches for approximately 1km from Shaw's Bridge to below Red Bridge. There are a number of good fly fishery stretches along this stretch. The river below Red Bridge is deep and slow flowing with fishing points available all along the old tow-path on the West bank from Red Bridge downstream to Stranmillis weir and beyond. It has good spinning water at certain places. Access has been improved by the Laganside development as far down as the Queens Bridge.

River Maine

Grid Reference: D050073

Nearest Town: - Cullybackey

Area/Length: - 6.5km

Species: - Salmon, Brown trout

Season: - 1 April–20 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing, but spinning is not permitted in April, May and June

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 Brown trout. Salmon limits click here

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size 23 cm

Other Restrictions: - No Sunday fishing

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Permit & Maine Angling Club Daily Permit

Maine Day Tickets are as follows:

From 1st April to 31st July - Adults £10, Juvenile £2

From 1st August to 31st October - Adults £20, Juvenile £3

Only 20 day tickets are available to the public and all tickets are half price to DCAL Permit Holder

River Mourne

Grid Reference: H343932

PLEASE NOTE FROM 1st JANUARY 2010 RIVER MOURNE WILL NO LONGER BE PART OF THE PUBLIC ANGLING ESTATENearest Town: - Sion Mills

Area/Length: - 6.4 km

Species: - Salmon, Sea trout and Brown trout

Season: - 1 April–20 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing (floats not permitted)

Daily Bag Limit: - 4 trout per rod per day .

Size Limit: - Minimum takable size 25.4cm.

Other Restrictions: - Fishing is not permitted within 64 metres downstream of Sion Weir on the left or western bank

Licence: - Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - Sion Mills Angling Club Day Ticket

River Roe

Grid Reference: C681182

Nearest Town: - Limavady

Area/Length: - 2km

Species: - Salmon, Sea trout and Brown trout

Season: - 1 April–20 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - Maximum Salmonids limits

Size Limit: - Trout under 25.4 cm must be returned unharmed to the water

Other Restrictions: - Anglers should note that there are special requirements governing the methods of angling which may be used on the River Roe. Angling is prohibited from and within 45 metres downstream of the weir known as O’Cahan’s Rock

Disabled Facilities: - See Disabled Fisheries

Licence: - Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit:-DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Shimna River

Grid Reference: J337321

Nearest Town: - Newcastle

Area/Length: - 4 km

Species: - Salmon and Sea trout

Season: - 1 March–31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - Maximum of 2 Sea trout per rod per day.

Size Limit: -

Other Restrictions: - Fishing on Sunday not permitted. Anglers must cease fishing when the bag limit is taken

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licences

Permit: - DCAL Game Angling Permit and Shimna Anglers Day Ticket

Spelga Resevoir

Grid Reference: J265267

Nearest Town: - Hilltown

Area/Length: - 60 hectares

Species: - Brown trout

Season: - 1 March-31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing

Daily Bag Limit: - None

Size Limit: - None

Boats: - Fishing from boats is not permitted

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Brown Trout Fishery

This reservoir, set in rugged surroundings in the heart of the Mournes near the source of the River Bann, supplies water to the Portadown and Banbridge areas. Opened for angling to Department permit holders for the first time in 1971, it has proved popular - particularly during the summer months but anglers should dress appropriately as the weather can change suddenly. This lough has not been stocked for a number of years. It has a hard fighting stock of small wild trout and is operated as a wild hill lough fishery. Popular flies for the upland water include Bibio, Zulu, Black Pennel and Peter Ross

Upper Bann River

Grid Reference: J008569

There are a number of bankside fishing sites located on a 10 mile stretch downstream of Portadown. Permits are available from a number of distributors in Portadown

Upper Lough Erne

Grid Reference: H278332

Nearest Town: - Enniskillen

Area/Length: - 15,303 hectares

Species: - Pike, Perch, Rudd, Bream, Roach, Brown trout and Eels

Season: - 1st March - 30th September for Brown Trout, Sea Trout and Salmon. All year for Pike and other coarse fish.

Methods: - All lawful methods including ground bait and maggots for coarse fish. When trolling, fishing rods and lines or hand lines only a maximunm of:- (a)four are allowed in a boat occupied by two,three or more people. (b)two in a boat occupied by one person.

Daily Bag Limit: - 6 trout per rod per day .

Salmon - From the opening day of the season until the 31st May there is catch and release only. From the 1st June until the end of the season there is a 2 salmon per day bag limit.

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size for trout 30 cm

Boats: - Fishing from mechanical and non mechanical boats is permitted

Licence: - A DCAL Game Fishing Licence is required when fishing for trout and salmon.

Upper South Woodburn

Grid Reference: J365888

Nearest Town: - Carrickfergus

Area/Length: - 26.5 hectares

Species: - Brown trout

Season: - 1 March–31 October

Methods: - Fly fishing only

Daily Bag Limit: - 2 trout per rod per day

Size Limit: - Minimum takeable size 25.4 cm

Other Restrictions: - Angling is not permitted before 8 am nor later than 10 pm

Boats: - Fishing from boats is not permitted

Licence: - DCAL Game Fishing Rod Licence

Permit: - DCAL Game Fishing Permit

Wild Brown Trout Fishery

Work has been carried out to enhance spawning and nursey habitat in the feeder stream to ensure a good supply of wild juveniles to the dam. Some Lough Leven strain fish have been stocked and have spawned. Water levels can be low in late summer

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