Angling at Copeland (Marshallstown)

This is a small reservoir with high natural productivity and good fly hatches. At some levels, care is needed when wading.


Key information about Copeland (Marshallstown)

Nearest town Carrickfergus
Area/length 9.7 hectares
Species Brown and rainbow trout 
Season 1 March to 31 October (See Important information below)
Methods Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing
Daily bag limit Four trout per rod per day
Size limit Minimum takeable size 25.4 cm
Boats Fishing from boats is not permitted
Licence DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA

DAERA game angling permit: Game angling permit prices from DAERA

Disabled facilities See below for details 
Other restrictions Angling is not permitted before 8.00 am nor later than 10.00 pm

Entrances and car parking

Anglers must use the official entrances and must not trespass on adjoining lands or park cars that obstruct roadways or gate entrances.

Facilities for people with disabilities

A purpose built disabled fishing stand is provided. The quarry dust path from the tarmac car park has a suitable gradient for wheelchairs. Anglers should note that this is a reservoir where low water levels can at times make the water unsuitable for fishing by anglers with disabilities. Get more details:

How to get there

From Belfast approach by the M5 and A2 towards Carrickfergus.

Just before entering Carrickfergus take the B58 Woodburn Road which leads to Prospect Road.Turn right at “T” junction and travel along Middle Road leading to Marshallstown Road for 1.86 miles until another “T” junction. Turn left at Beltoy Road. Reservoir is 0.46 miles up the hill on left.

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