Angling at Lough Money

Lough Money lies hidden in rocky countryside near Ballyalton, east of Downpatrick. This rainbow trout fishery is stocked regularly throughout the year.

Anglers, be aware of low water levels due to ongoing works by Northern Ireland Water which may expose mud and silt that's unsafe to walk on.

Key information

Nearest town Downpatrick
Area/length 21.4 hectares
Species rainbow trout, pike and perch
Season 1 February to 31 December
Methods trout - fly fishing,spinning and worm fishing
pike - deadbaiting for pike is permitted
Daily bag limit four trout per rod, one pike per person and four coarse fish per day
Size limit minimum takeable size - trout 25.4cm
pike weighing 4 kg and over and coarse longer than 25cm must be returned to the water 
Boats fishing from boats is not permitted
Licence DAERA game rod licence (even if fishing for pike): Game rod licence prices from DAERA
Permit DAERA game angling permit (even if fishing for pike): Game angling permit prices from DAERA
Facilities for people with disabilities see below

Facilities for people with disabilities

Three wheelchair accessible, disabled fishing stands are provided near the tarmac car park.

General information

Water quality and feeding are excellent in this lough. Trout growth rates are very good. There are good sized over wintered trout. The shores are almost all rocky and firm for wading, but fishing is not allowed in the fenced-off area at the pump house. The water is deeper and there is less weed growth near the east bank. There is also a good stock of pike and perch in the lough which attracts coarse anglers.

How to get there

Click the button for a map and you will see an arrow which shows Lough Money.

From Downpatrick, take the B1 towards Ardglass. Stay left at the Downshire Hospital just outside the town towards Ballyalton and Ballyhornan. After Ballyalton, fork left off the Ballyhornan Road for 0.49 miles to the lough.

Motorists should only park in the car park. Do not block roads with parked cars. 

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