The Pike is still amongst the most widespread of Irish coarse fish - thriving in Northern Ireland's many miles of rivers and loughs. Difficult to approach, tricky to catch, Pike have flourished in our waters - in some cases growing to incredible sizes exceeding 50lbs!
This great fish prefers the unspoiled habitats of our less discovered waterways, and is particularly bountiful in the Fermanagh Lakelands. Pike, and other coarse species, are plentiful around the county town of Enniskillen, and to the south in Upper Lough Erne; this maze of channels and islands with vast reed beds makes an ideal habitat. MacNean Loughs in Fermanagh. The two Macnean Loughs and Lough Melvin, further to the west, can also yield a good catch.
The waters surrounding Lough Neagh, the largest freshwater lake in either Ireland or Britain, also offer some excellent Pike 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 in County Armagh, Kinnego Marina near Lurgan and a stretch of the Upper Bann from Portadown to the Lough are also good locations for Pike and other coarse species.
Check with DCAL Angling, Loughs Agency or a local tackle shop regarding which permits are required in each area.