Angling on Lough Mourne
This is in a forest setting and is the largest of the Woodburn waters. There are some large trout in this water, and there are also good perch fishing opportunities.
Due to low water levels, anglers should be aware that ground conditions may be difficult and caution should be exercised if fishing and wading in this area.
|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 25.4cm|
|Boats||fishing from boats is not allowed|
|Licence||DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA|
|Permit||DAERA game angling permit: Game angling permit prices from DAERA|
|Other restrictions||Angling is not allowed before 8.00 am or later than 10.00 pm|
Wading is allowed but visitors should be careful if they're wading when the water is at high levels.
Previous test netting showed that there is a good stock of overwintered brown trout in the lough. They are in excellent condition averaging in weight from 0.5 to 1kg.
Anglers must use the official entrances. Do not trespass on adjoining lands or obstruct roads or gate entrances with parked cars.
How to get there
From Belfast, approach by the M5 and A2 towards Carrickfergus. As you go into Carrickfergus take the B58 towards Ballynure for 1.49 miles to the first crossroads. Turn right onto the B90 for just under one mile to the next crossroads. Turn left into Red Brae Road and continue for 1.49 miles to the next crossroads then turn right into Lough Road. The reservoir is about half a mile along this road on the left.