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Coarse Fishing

Northern Ireland's many lakes, rivers and canals are among the least exploited fisheries in Europe. Discover the huge variety of fish species that await coarse anglers all year round - there's no close season!

Whether you're fishing for Pike, Bream, Roach, or Perch, the magic combination of hospitality, scenic landscapes and great value makes Northern Ireland an ideal coarse fishing destination.

Lough Erne angling

One of our most popular areas for coarse fishing is the Fermanagh Lakelands. Lough Erne around the county town of Enniskillen is one of the finest coarse fishing waters in Europe and has become popular as a competition venue for local and British anglers. Roach are everywhere with Bream, Pike, Perch and Eels in abundance.

Upper Lough Erne, which stretches to the south of Enniskillen and joins up with the mighty River Shannon via the Shannon-Erne Waterway, is a maze of channels and islands with vast reed beds - an ideal habitat for Pike.  Rudd is another common species in the Upper Lough. 

Further west in County Fermanagh, the two Lough Macneans, as well as Lough Melvin, are also good locations for coarse fishing. 

Lough Neagh and River Bann angling

The waters surrounding Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in either Ireland or Britain, also offer excellent coarse angling.  Toome Canal is a popular coarse fishery where Pike, Perch, Roach and Bream are abundant.  A little to the north Lough Beg, an expansion of the Lower River Bann, is a premier pike fishery within Ireland and the site at Newferry has been developed to competition standards. 

On Lough Neagh's southern shores, Kinnego Marina near Lurgan in County Armagh has purpose built fishing stands and offers excellent angling for Roach, Bream, Perch and Pike, especially in May and June.  Nearby, the stretch of the Upper Bann  from Portadown to the Lough is one of the best known coarse fisheries in Europe; the reaches around Portadown are established as big match venues.  Another Lough Neagh feeder, the Blackwater, which straddles Counties Armagh and Tyrone, offers a three mile stretch of good coarse fishing around Bonds Bridge; close to the National Trust Property The Argory near Moy. 

Check with DCAL Angling, Loughs Agency or a local tackle shop regarding which permits are required in each area.

Just Some Ideas

Murloc Angling Centre, Aghalee, Craigavon

Murloc Angling Centre is an angler's paradise which is fast becoming Ireland's number one spot for fishing, nestled in the peaceful rural interface of Counties Antrim, Armagh and Down at Old Church Lane, Aghalee.

Baronscourt Estate, Newtownstewart, Omagh

Situated in a sheltered valley in the foothills of the Sperrin mountains in Ireland’s County Tyrone, you come across an oasis of peace and tranquillity...

Field of Dreams, Bangor

The ‘Retreat’ and ‘Tober Barn’ buildings combined with a 39 acre team building park offers a wide range of experiences, including clay target shooting, target archery, archery golf, coarse fishing, simulated game days and golf nearest the pin.

Carrybridge Boat Company, Lisbellaw, Enniskillen

Situated midway on the Erne system in sheltered waters. Our fleet is serviced and maintained to meticulous standards and visitors are assured a first class personal service. Erne Charter Boat Association member.

Gary Bell Fly Fishing,

Gary Bell from County Antrim is a Professional Casting Instructor and Guide with over 30 years of fly fishing and fly tying experience.

Newry Ship Canal, Newry

Fish in historic surroundings along the British Isles' first ever ship canal. The Canal opened for traffic in 1742 and only ceased operation in 1976. Business may be dead but the waters are alive. The fishable section, which runs for 3.5 miles.

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