Where to Fish in Northern Ireland - Antrim

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DAERA Public Angling Estate Fisheries


Significant amounts of water are under the management of DAERA. You will need a DEARA Rod License and a permit to fish these waters. It is a fantastic gift to anglers in Northern Ireland offering access to salmon, sea trout, brown trout, stocked fisheries, coarse fishing, all for a one off season ticket which is not expensive and comes with great concessions for youngster, disabled and older folk.

Follow this link to find what is available in Antrim:

Link to DAERA Public Water Estate Fisheries Antrim

Coarse Fishing | Game Fishing 


Game Fishing


Antrim and District Angling Association


Six Mile River. Fishing on this small to medium sized river flowing onto Lough Neagh. The fishing extend from Doagh Road Bridge to the mouth of the river in Lough Neagh at Antrim.

The best of the brown trout fishing is in April to July with Dollaghan and some salmon from July onwards, September and October being best for the migratory species. Dollaghan to 21lb have been caught.

Day tickets are available, fly only, at a very reasonable cost. 1 fish limit and all salmon to be released safely.

The club also has fishing at Potterswall Dam, fly only for day ticket holders.

Coarse fishing day tickets are also available.

Permits on line from

Antrim DAA day ticket link

For 2019 you can still buy tickets from the butchers in Templehall and and Simpson Newsagents in Antrim.

You need a DEARA rod license.

Google Map Reference

Doagh Bridge 54.730815, -6.035981

Loch Neagh 54.715998, -6.240494

Checked 20/02/19

Belfast Angling Association


Belfast AA is the oldest angling club in Northern Ireland and they have a good selection of stillwater fishing for trout and for coarse fish.


Ballydugan Lake

Belfast AA have the fishing on this water which is a good coarse fishery although it does hold trout. The coarse species are perch, roach, eels and lots of pike with some good doubles. Fishing is C & R only with barbless hooks.

Day tickets from the Lakeside Inn. Google Map 54.312541, -5.756635 Post code BT30 8HY Checked 07/05/19

They also have trout fishing on two reservoirs which they share with Holywood angling Club:

Creightons Green, stocked with rainbows, fly only, debarbed hooks. Google Map 54.635221, -5.783289 Post Code BT18 0HA

Upper Holywood Reservoir (Spiers Lake) holds brown trout, 2 fish limit. Google Map 54.623366, -5.815114 Post Code BT18 9RA

Permits from Hannah's Flowers in Church St, Holywood call 028 90424102. BT18 9BU. DAERA permit holders get a discount.

Checked 07/05/19

Cairn Farm Fishery


This fairly new fishery near Carrickfergus consists of a 4 acre lake with a central island stocked fortnightly with rainbows ranging from 1.5lbs to 15lbs.

Open 8.30am to dusk all year the fishery has good facilities including hot food on sale, tackle shop and free tea and coffee is available. There are consessions for seniors and disabled anglers. They also run a loyalty scheme 5 visits get the sixth free. The banks look good so failry accessible for anglers with mobility difficulties.

Call 028 9336 8273

Google Map 54.762814, -5.859516 Post Code BT38 9AP

Ckecked 05/05//19

Craigmore Fishery


A 5 acre fishery off Clonkeen Rd Randalston stocked with rainbows with plenty of fish in the 3 to 6lb range and doubles. Also brown trout. Boat and bank fishing, stocked weekly. There is a good solid path and a good platform that would suit anglers with disabilities.

Call 07834 005216, open Weds to Sunday 9am to dusk and Bank Holidays.

Google Map 54.754778, -6.367310 Post Code BT41 3JL

Checked 04/05/19

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

Checked 03/05/19

Glen Angling Club


Glen Angling have the fishing on the 3 Glendunn rivers, the Dun, Dall and Glenariff. Flowing into the Irish Sea at Cushendun the river Dun has some very good brown trout to 3lbs. In addition there are runs of salmon from August to September and sea trout on some good holding polls on the Dall and Glenariff.

Fly, spinning and worm allowed.

Membership of the club is very inexpensive, I've paid more for a day on a trout fishery than they charge for a season whether for a local or for a visitor.

Turnagrove Trout Fishery is opening this year so an other string to their bow.

Permits fron the Hon Secretary, Cloneymore B & B, 103, Knocknacary Rd, Cuchendun, Co Antrim, BT44 0NT

Google Map 55.124899, -6.042181

Checked 04/05/19

Kilgad Fishery


Kilgad fishery near Kells is a 4 acre lake fed with water from the river Kells. The fishery is well established and stocked with good rainbows and brown trout from about 2lb up to doubles. Open from 9am til dusk. Call 028 2589 2806.

Google Map 54.820717, -6.175607 Post Code BT42 3HY

Checked 05/05/19

Murlac Angling Centre


Located near Aghalee the fishery has a 5 acre fly only lake and an all legal method pond. Fishing from bank or boat. The boats are 19 footers and can be hired by the hour.

Permits range from C & R 4 hours or all day or catch and keep options. There is a family ticket offer for the bait pond. Open 1st March to 30th October. All fish over 3lbs to be returned.

There are good facilites on site with a log cabin with reception, a tackle shop, hot and cold snacks The fishery and facilities have good access for disabled anglers. There is a BBQ nad picnic area.

Call 028 9265 1421 or 07759 985533

Google Map 54.516631, -6.230143 Post Code BT67 0EY

Checked 05/05/19

Springwater Meadow Fishery


Located in Maze, near Lisburn this is a 4 acre trout fishery well stocked with rainbows up to double figures, fly fishing only. There is a log cabin with kitchen facilities and a loo.

Call 028 9262 2220 or 07599 389228

Google Map 54.479115, -6.123405 Post Code BT27 5RS

Checked 05/05/19

Straid Fishery


Near Ballyclare, includes 3 lakes. Main Lake is 20 acres, boat and bank,1200 metres of bank available, 14 boats. Main Lake is stocked with rainbows of 2 to 10lbs (the fishery record is 17lb 4ozs). A good dry fly water with plentiful hatches of buzzers and sedges.

Discovery Lake is a family fishery of 2 acres. A family ticket for 1 adult and 2 children allows any method fishing to 4 fish.

Horsetail Lake is a carp and tench fishery, it also has some rudd. Carp to doubles. This is a members fishery but day tickets can be arranged.

There is a tearoom, male and female toilets and anglers with mobility problems can be transported to a location of their choice.

Call 028 9303 8721

Google Map 54.766014, -5.930671 Post Code BT39 9PU

Checked 20/02/19

Tildarg Fishery


A 17 acre fishery near Ballyclare known for its stocks of big trout. The lake is stocked regularly with fish of 2 to 14lbs and there is a resident population of wild breeding rainbows which is a bit special. They also have a wild stock of brown trout.

Fishing is from bank and boat with 11 boats for hire 2 of which are wheelyboats provided free of charge for disabled anglers.

Tickets are C & R and catch and kill, 1,2,3,4 fish followed by C & R. They also offer a no catch policy where you will be given a complimentary half day C & R if you have a blank. They also offer a C& R season ticket.

The fishery has a range of good facilities for when you need a break, a cafe, toilets (male, female and disabled), tackle shop. Parking for disabled is near the boats.

Call 028 9334 0604.

Google Map Reference 54.793282, -6.068659 Post Code BT39 0TB

Checked 03/05/19

Waterworks Trout Fishery


The fishery is run by Waterworks Fishing Club which has the fishing rights on the shallow top pond of the former Belfast waterworks, 4 to 6ft deep. The fishery is stocked with rainbows of about 2lbs but fish to doubles are present. Fishing is catch and release only with barbless hooks.

The pond also holds coarse fish including roach, bream and pike. Pike fishing is allowed on Sundays in the winter.

There are 3 stands for disabled anglers with designated parking nearby in the park.

Membership is a bargain with discounts for disabled and over 65s and juniors. There is also a family permit. Day tickets from the Newsagents at the corner of Willowbank Gardens and Cavehill Rd or from Braddells in North St, Belfast.

Fishing methods allowed are fly, worm or spinner, no live or dead baits.

Equiries call 07516766978

Google Map 54.622090, -5.944856 Post Code BT15 5BX

Checked 03/05/19

Coarse Fishing


Antrim and District Angling Association


See above, Antrim AA have some corase fishing avaiable.

Checked 20/02/19

Belfast Angling Association


Belfast AA is the oldest angling club in Northern Ireland and they have a good selection of stillwater fishing for trout and for coarse fish. See Above.

Checked 07/05/19

Ligoniel Dam, Wolfhill Fishery


A former set of 3 pond built to supply water for the local textile mill has been transformed by a community project to provide an excellent facility for the community, not least the fishing community. Fishing is on the 2 lower ponds.

Water diverted from thr river Forth has supplied these limestone lakes for nearly 200 years producing a fishery with good stocks of coarse fish and some good pike. There may still be trout too. Fishing is strictly catch and release.

There are 2 floating fishing platforms for use by disabled anglers.

Belfast Angling Hub issue permits call 07933 372703

Google Map 54.628293, -5.995670 Post Code BT14 8NR

Checked 03/04/19

Lough Beg


Loch Beg, a near neighbour to the massive Lough Neagh is part of the river Bann system. A shallow lough, just 1 to 2 metres deep with a navigation chanel, the lough has lots of bays.

Best known for it's pike fishing with 40lb plus specimens being taken. Dead bait best. There are also lots of rudd, bream and perch.

DAERA license and permit required.

Google Map 54.772381, -6.461158

Checked 11/05/19

Portmore Lough


Pike fishing on this lough adjacent to Lough Neagh, DAERA License and Permit rewuired.

Google Map 54.559764, -6.280008

Checked 11/05/19

Straid Fishery


Near Ballyclare, includes 3 lakes. Main Lake is 20 acres, boat and bank,1200 metres of bank available, 14 boats.

Horsetail Lake is a carp and tench fishery, it also has some rudd. Carp to doubles. This is a members fishery but day tickets can be arranged.

There is a tearoom, male and female toilets and anglers with mobility problems can be transported to a location of their choice.

Call 028 9303 8721

Google Map 54.766014, -5.930671 Post Code BT39 9PU

Checked 20/02/19

Waterworks Trout Fishery


The fishery is run by Waterwork Fishing Club which has the fishing rights on the shallow top pond of the former Belfast waterworks, 4 to 6ft deep. The fishery is stocked with rainbows of about 2lbs but fish to doubles are present. Fishing is catch and release only with barbless hooks.

The pond also holds coarse fish including roach, bream and pike. Pike fishing is allowed on Sundays in the winter.

There are 3 stands for disabled anglers with designated parking nearby in the park.

Membership is a bargain with discounts for disabled and over 65s and juniors. There is also a family permit. Day tickets from the Newsagents at the corner of Willowbank Gardens and Cavehill Rd or from Braddells in North St, Belfast.

Fishing methods allowed are fly, worm or spinner, no live or dead baits.

Equiries call 07516766978

Google Map 54.622090, -5.944856 Post Code BT15 5BX

Checked 03/05/19

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