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Belfast Game Fishing

Game Fishing

Northern Ireland offers world-class game fishing, with clean, clear waters teeming with wild Salmon, Grilse, Sea Trout and our unique Lough Neagh Dollaghan.

With hundreds of miles of river, large and smalll freshwater lakes and sea loughs, anglers have a wide choice of venues. Salmon, Grilse, Sea Trout, Brown Trout, Dollaghan, Gillaroo and Sonaghan - we have the range of fish to match the challenge. The wide expanse of Lower Lough Erne, for instance, is the perfect habitat for Brown Trout, as are many of the tributaries of Lough Neagh namely the Moyola, Maine, Six Mile Water and Crumlin Rivers; these same rivers are also known for for their Salmon and Dollaghan, the latter being a unique species of Lough Neagh migratory brown trout.  Some superb Grilse, meanwhile, can be found in the nearby Lower Bann system from June onwards. 

The North Antrim Coast boasts some excellent angling; the Bush River, located just minutes from the world famous Old Bushmills Distillery, is one of the greatest treasures of the region, while Sea Trout may be found in the rivers surrounding Ballycastle (namely the Margy, Carey or Glenshesk) and further south in the Glenariff River.

Game fishing is possible from February through to October, although certain designated rainbow waters allow your season to last a full twelve months.

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

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Stone Falls Specimen Trout Fishery & School of Fly Fishing, Castlerock, Coleraine

Experience the first specimen Trout Fishery in Ireland which consists of two spring fed lakes. Rod numbers are limited to 5 per day giving the angler peace, space and tranquility to stalk the fish of a lifetime.

Cashel Lake View, Dungiven, Londonderry/Derry

Cashel trout fishery is set deep in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains in an area of outstanding beauty. The lake is fed naturally from the adjacent River Roe. Stocked with quality rainbow trout up to 12lb, it is for fly fishing only.

Antrim Tourist Information Centre, Antrim

For all your information needs call into Antrim Tourist Information Centre, where a first-class service is guaranteed to visitors and residents.

Temple Springs Fishery, Garvagh, Coleraine

Temple Springs Fishery is a facility to cater for learning or occasional anglers. We cater for youth groups, parties, families, corporate events.

Carrickcraft, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen

Discover the magic of Lough Erne from the comfort of a luxury motor-cruiser. With hundreds of secluded moorings and quiet islands, a boat is the best way to see the true Lough Erne. Everything you need is on board with a sitting-room, bedrooms, toilet, shower, kitchen - think of it as your cottage on the water. And no experience of boating is necessary as we will provide you with full training before you set off.

Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, Antrim

Craigmore Trout Fishery is a five acre, natural spring fed lake, stocked on a weekly basis with quality rainbow trout.

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