Where to Fish in Northern Ireland - Lough Neagh
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.
The largest body of freshwater in the British Isles being 153 square miles in size. Legend has it that Finn McCool created the lough when in an argument with a rival Scottish giant he scooped up the land and threw it at the Jock. Missing his rival the land fell in the sea and became the Isle of Man and the hole formed filled with water to become Lough Neagh.
The loch has a vast array of fish including trout, ferox, powan, dollaghan, salmon and 'salmon trout' plus course fish, bream, rudd, roach, pike, perch. The lough is so big it is a commercial i.e. netting fishery.
All you need is a DAERA License and permit to fish this water. But where to fish?
Boat hire from Lough Neagh Boat Hire at Ballyronan Marina, Magherafelt. No doubt they can point you in the right direction. Call 07928 783 516
Google Map 54.709331, -6.529455 Post Code BT45 6JA
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.
This river is well used locally with 4 active clubs fishing for brown trout and from July onwards, Dollaghan and salmon.
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.
Coagh Angling Club
Coagh AC have the fishing from Brichwood up to Coagh Bridge, the river is about 20 metres wide here also. Parking at Coagh Bride where there is a picnic area and toilets.
Fly, spin, worm
Membership is inexpensive, under 16s fish free. Day tickets from Near Buy Store in Main St, Coagh
Mid Ulster Angling Club
Mid Ulster AC have the fishing from from Draperfield to Ardtrea Bridge, 3 beats.
Fly, spin, worm.
They also have Lough Fea, 7 miles from Cookstown fishing for trout. Parking and toilets on site.
NB there is a slipway but all boats
must be washed at Millburn Garage in Cookstown and a receipt shown before launching.
Tickets include river only or river and lough. Day Tickets from the Royal Oak Hotel and Burnavon Arts Centre in Cookstown
Tullylagan Angling Club
Mostly brown trout and some dollaghan and salmon on the water where the 3 rivers Claggan, The Rock and Killymoon meet. About 6 to 10 m wide. Fly and spinner allowed.
Day tickets from Near Buy Store in Coagh.
Banebridge Angling Club
Banbridge AC have fishing on Lough Corbit and on the river Bann.
River Bann fishing consists of a stretch from Katesbridge to Lenaderg. The river has good stocks of brown trout going to the 1 to 1.5lbs range. They also have runs of dollaghan and salmon later in the season, fish to about 6lbs.
Day tickets from The Anglers Rest in Corbet, call 028 4067 1515, and the Boat Attendant at the Lough Corbet, call 028 4062 5036 or 075 9102 7557.
Katesbridge Google Map 54.301467, -6.142651 Post Code BT32 5NF to Google Map 54.373474, -6.288618 (approx)
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
Rising near Clogher and flowing into Lough Neagh, the Blackwater offers very good trout fishing as well as salmon and dollaghan. It forms the border with Tyrone for much of it's length.
The tributaries also offer trout fishing with the Ballygawley river producing good trout to 1.5lbs and the Torrent providing a great chance at the dollaghan.
Some of the water around Blackwatertown is covered by the DCAL permit but the rest of the river and tributaries as under the control of several clubs: Clogher to Favour Royal, Clogher & Dist AA, permits from Farmers Maxol garage, call 028 8554 8232; Favour Royal to Caledon, Aughnacloy & Dist AA, Salley's Filling Station, call 028 8555 7306; near Blackwatertown, Armagh Fisheries, GI Stores Armagh, call 028 3752 2355.
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.
Maine Angling Club
Maine AC have the fishing on the Maine river for salmon, dollaghan and brown trout. Fly, spinning or worm allowed.
10 tickets made avaiable daily, no Sunday fishing. DAERA Game license holders get a 50% discount on the tickets cost.
Tickets can be bought from The Bridge garage, Dreen Road, Cullybackey, call 028 2588 0278.
Kells, Connor and Glenwherry Angling Club (KCGAC)
KCGAC have the fishing on this major tributary of the Maine river.
The fishing is for good wild brown trout , subtantial runs of Dollaghan averaging 2 / 3 lbs from July onwards dependent on water levels and salmon late in the season.
Membership cost is very reasonable. The club
also allows 5 day tickets per day at a very reasonable cost which increases slightly as the season advances and runs improve. Juniors only pay half price. No Sunday fishing. Day permits from SuperValu, Main St, Kells.
Moyola Angling Club
The Moyola flows down from the Sperrin Mountains to Lough Neagh over 27 miles. Moyola Angling Association have the fishing rights
A tumbling stream in it's upper reaches the river makes perfect spawning ground for the salmon and dollaghan that run the river. Lower down the river slows and deepens becoming good trout water. Near Castledawson there are some good holding pools for salmon. From here down stream the river speeds up creating water well suited to salmon and dollaghan fishing slowing again as it reaches Lough Neagh at Toombridge.
The club is active in the development of the fishery having a hatchery producing stock for the future while carrying out work to improve spawing grounds.
Membership is inexpensive go to: Moyola AA Membership and Day Tickets
Six Mile River
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