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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, as well as Lough Melvin, 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.

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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.

Traad Ponds Golf and Fishing, Magherafelt

Situated on the edge of Lough Neagh, it is surrounded by a conservation area and abounds with wildlife. The nine hole course has water features and a 'links' feel due to the sandy nature of the landscape.

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.

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.

Coney Island, Lurgan, Craigavon

Lying 1km off shore from Maghery Country Park, this island is an exciting destination to be explored. The island has a rich history spanning many centuries, with evidence of human occupation dating back 8000 years BC.

Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Enniskillen

The largest activity centre in Ireland, our lakeshore venue is ideal for watersports and the purpose-built site provides easy access to onshore activities. Ideal for families and groups. Accommodation is available in cosy chalets or the modern ...

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