Lough Neagh Rivers
With such a big lough there are dozens of rivers and streams flowing in to it. 8 stand out:
Maine, Six Mile Water, Glenavy, Crumlin, Bann (inflow and outflow), Blackwater, Ballinderry and Moyola. Each of these rivers get their share of the fish that migrate from and through the lough giving amazing opportunities to hook into salmon, sea trout, dollaghan, ferox, char and wild brown trout that enter the rivers during spates or to spawn.
Ballinderry Angling Club
Ballinderry AC have 3 miles on fishing in the river from Lough Neagh up to Birchwood. The river is about 20 metres wide, nice size, easy with a 10ft rod. There are 4 beats; Footgo, Scotchtown, Ballinderry Bridge Google Map 54.657659, -6.563986 POst Code BT80 0DB and Hardys Mill.
There is a platform designated for disabled anglers at Hardys Mill.
Season tickets are inexpensive, pensioners get a discount and under, 18yo fish free. Day Tickets are available from Ryan Mace Store in Ballyronan Village and Ballyifford Filling Station.
Gilford Angling Club
Gilford AC have the fishing on Kernan Lough and on the river Bann.
The Bann fishing goes from the Laurancetown Bridge to Knockbridge. Good brown trout fishing but in the lower slower reaches suits coarse fishing better. From August onwards there is a run of salmon and dollaghan.
Kernan Lough, near Banbridge, a 28 hectare lough open 1st March to 31st of October run by Gilford AC who stock the lough annually with rainbows of about 1lb which grow on well producing fish to 6lb every year.
Fly and spinner is allowed and boats for members only. Best flies are Viva, Mallard and Claret and GRHE. The club has installed good ramp access from the car park to platforms designed to accommodate disabled anglers. Day tickets, fly fishing only for visitors, from the Spar shop in Gilford, call 028 3883 1087 or Moffats Newagents .
Google Map Reference 54.359300, -6.326300 Post Code BT63 6BU
Crumlin District Angling Club
Crumlin and District Angling Club have the fishing rights on this small to medium sized river with flows from the Divas Mountain for 13 miles to Lough Neagh.
Fishing is for wild brown trout however in the summer into autumn the river gets runs of dollaghan and a few salmon coming up from the Lough. Dollaghan can grow to double figures. Fishing is with fly, worm or spinner.
The club has also built a concrete platform suitable for disabled anglers to fish on a nice pool.
Membership of the club is a bargain and day tickets can be bought from Petz Zone in Main St, Crumlin and on Sundays from Dans Fruit and Veg also in Main St.
Membership enquiries go to www.crumlinangling.com
Google Map 54.623200, -6.214317
Glenavy Conservation and District Angling Club
GCDAC was formed in 2008 in response to the the declining fortues of this once productive river.
Pollution had taken it's toll however working as community the river and it's surrounds are on the up and up. The club had obtained fund to install pathways and fishing stands and to stock the river. They also run a youth programme and run a training and free fishing session for people looking to take up the sport. I wish them well for the future.
Day tickets are available, very inexpensive, Pet Zone in Crumlin.
Strange as it may seem I cannot find anything about access to Lough Neagh for coarse fishing and it has a lot. Anyone have any information please let me know.
Try Lough Neagh Boat Hire at Ballyronan Marina, Magherafelt. Maybe they can help. Call 07928 783 516