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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, 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

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?

Gary Bell Fly Fishing, Lisburn

Gary Bell from County Antrim is a Professional Casting Instructor and Guide with over 30 years of fly fishing and fly tying experience.

Angling in the Banbridge District, Corbet, Banbridge

The Banbridge District is a paradise for the keen game angler, the main areas being at Corbet Lough, Lough Brickland Lake and Upper River Bann. There are also about 10 other small lakes in the area, all of which are open for coarse fishing.

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.

Smyths Sports Tackle And Bait, Newry

Full range of tackle for coarse, predator, carp, sea and game fishing. Plus full range of clothing and footwear for the outdoor and hillwalking enthusiast. Full range of licences and permits plus local day ticket waters.

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