Lough Neagh Angling
Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles and tributaries such as Ballinderry River and Moyola River are especially attractive for the trout angler. Here, the dollaghan, a unique species of Lough Neagh migratory brown trout, can be caught when they run the many tributaries from mid July to the end of the season (end of October). Dollaghan are, in many ways, similar to salmon and grow by up to 3lbs every year while in the Lough.
Coarse fishing is also abundant with great pike fishing in Lough Beg, to the north of the larger Lough, and good match venues on the Upper Bann and at Kinnego in County Armagh. If you’re looking for something different why not try fishing for Pollen around Rams Island at the eastern end of the Lough on a very small black fly.
Successful methods are spinning, worming and fly fishing. The fly is often most productive in the evening and into the night. Other main species within these waters include brown trout, salmon and eel.
River brown trout, which are numerous throughout the river, take wet fly from March on and from May, dry fly fishing is excellent sport. Salmon methods are similar to dollaghan – spinning, worming and fly fishing, and of coarse eels are abundant within the Lough and rivers.
Access to Public Fisheries
All fishing relies on riparian owners (those who own the land bordering a lake or river) to provide access to fisheries, Anglers should respect the owner’s property and interests. It is especially important not to block gates, other access roads, narrow country lanes and to park considerately. Please remember that your permit only gives you permission to fish.
The majority of anglers do not litter, but you are urged to take home your litter and any used tackle. By doing this you will be making a positive contribution towards the preservation of the countryside and fisheries.
A Ghillie or Guides are available through National Angling Guides for all the rivers and waters.
The National Angling Guides Association are a group of experienced and qualified guides and angling coaches to NVQ level 3 in guiding and NVQ level 2 in coaching. They all have first aid, child protection, boat handling and disability awareness training. They also have a vast amount of experience in angling and guiding clients to all sorts of fishing. They teach angling and are licensed by the joint angling governing bodies and can provide professional guides for any rive or lough within your area, also instruction, equipment hire or advice.
Tel: 028 855 48659 Mob: 07743 550804
Licences and Permits
Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure Inland Fisheries Group
Licences can also be purchased from local outlets.
As well as the rod licence you will always require permission from the fishery owner to fish, this often takes the form of a permit. You may purchase your licence or permit when you arrive from one of the many licence/permit distributors, or in advance by forwarding a cheque/postal order for the appropriate amount. Details of all outlets for licences and permits are detailed for each section of the lough and river.
- TMac Fly Fishing - offers fully planned fly fishing trips on Lough Neagh's waterways.
- Lough Neagh Boat Hire - boat hire available for sightseeing and fishing trips, based at Ballyronan Marina.