Angling at Lough Cowey
The fishery is stocked regularly and has good quality over wintered fish available in early spring. Bags of large fish are frequent with traditional Irish fly patterns, buzzers and streamers the most popular flies.
North Down Model Aircraft Club will be on and around Lough Cowey on 11 and 12 February 2023. Whilst out of season for game fishing, angling for pike is still available.
Key Information about Lough Cowey
|Species||Brown trout and pike|
|Season||1 March to 31 October
All year round for pike only
|Methods||Trout - fly, worm and spinning from car park bank
Pike - dead baiting from car park bank
|Daily bag limit||
Four trout per rod
|Boats||No boats allowed|
|Licence||DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA|
|Permit||DAERA game angling permit: Game angling permit prices from DAERA|
There is a car park on the south shore.
How to get there
The ferry linking Strangford and Portaferry makes Lough Cowey accessible from Downpatrick. The lough is 24.85 miles from Belfast.
From Belfast travel eastwards on the A20 to Newtownards. Continue on the A20 through Greyabbey and Kircubbin. The lough is on the right near the main road, 2.48 miles before you reach Portaferry.