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.

A model aircraft club may be at Lough Cowey on Sundays depending on the weather. 

Key Information about Lough Cowey

Nearest town Portaferry
Area/length 18.2 hectares
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 - deadbaiting from car park bank
Daily bag limit four trout per rod
one pike per person up to 4 kg
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. 

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