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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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Carrickcraft, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen

With hundreds of secluded moorings and quiet islands, a boat is the best way to see Lough Erne. Everything you need is on board with sitting-room, bedrooms and kitchen. Think of it as your cottage on the water. No experience of boating is necessary.

Lough Neagh Boat Hire, Ballyronan, Magherafelt

Hiring a boat for a day or even an hour is the perfect way to explore this stunning part of the world and experience first hand what it has to offer.
Why not search out the lough's hidden treasures by boat?

Temple Springs Fishery, Garvagh, Coleraine

Temple Springs is a facility located in the Sperrin Mountain range just outside Garvagh that can be hired by groups of up to 20 anglers. All tackle and bait will be supplied. An induction can be given if required.

N M Tackle, Sion Mills, Strabane

Located in the heart of Game Angling, Sion Mills. All Foyle rivers 20 min max, Lough Erne 30 min, Ballyshannon 45 min. We stock many old classics and up to the minute trends to ensure you have everything you need to catch fish.

Banbridge Angling Club - Corbet Lough, Corbet, Banbridge

Corbet Lough, under the management of Banbridge Angling Club, is a 70 acre premier trout angling fishery set in the scenic Co Down countryside aganist the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. It has much to offer local anglers and tourists alike.

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...

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