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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

Kinnego Marina, Lurgan, Craigavon

Situated on Lough Neagh beside the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Kinnego Marina is the largest marina on the Lough. There is a range of associated amenities on site and instruction on watersports and water safety.

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...

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.

Donaghaguy Reservoir, Newry

This 1.25 acre trout factory is situated on the outskirts of Warrenpoint. It is a shallow spring fed reservoir stocked monthly with Rainbow and Brown Trout (1.5-8Ib).

Drumaheglis Marina Caravan Park, Ballymoney

On the banks of the Lower River Bann, 30 minutes from the North Coast, this secluded campsite has undergone a major facelift over the past 12 months.

Lough Keenaghan, Belleek, Enniskillen

Keenaghan is a very popular lake which attracts anglers from near and far. The north and south shores are mostly hard bottomed and easy to wade. Fishing from the western shore is impeded by bulrush and other aquatic weeds.

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