Angling at Lower Lough Erne
The most popular locations are shown on the maps below. Fishing stands are at many of these locations to improve access. Anglers at this fishery can catch trout weighing five kg and sometimes heavier.
Note to anglers - Due to extremely high waters levels, strong currents and overall stormy conditions predicted on the Erne and across Northern Ireland, access to angling stands is hazardous and users need to exercise extreme caution. If angling stands are submerged do not use the facilities until further notice.
Erne angling survey
You can take part in Outdoor Recreation NI's online survey to review angling on the Erne.
The survey's results will help shape a plan for the development of angling on the Erne to raise its profile as an angling destination.
The survey is being carried out by Outdoor Recreation NI on behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, DAERA Inland Fisheries and Waterways Ireland.
Find out more and take part in the survey at the following link:
The survey closes on Friday 27 August 2021.
Key information about Lower Lough Erne
|Species||pike, perch, rudd, bream, roach, salmon and brown trout|
|Season||1 March to 30 September for brown trout
all year for pike and other coarse fish
all lawful methods, although the use of ground bait and maggots is prohibited in that part of Lower Lough Erne west of an imaginary line from the nearest point of Pollaginnive on the east shore of Boa Island to Hare Island and from that point on the west shore of Hare Island to the most easterly part of Tully Point
when trolling, fishing rods and lines or hand lines only a maximum of:
|Daily bag limit||
six trout per rod per day
minimum takeable size for trout 30cm
pike weighing 4 kg (8.8lb) and over and coarse longer than 25cm must be returned to the water
|Boats||fishing is allowed from mechanical and non mechanical boats|
DAERA game rod licence is needed when fishing for trout and salmon:
DAERA coarse rod licence is needed when fishing for pike and other fish:
DAERA game permit is needed when fishing for trout and salmon:
DAERA coarse permit is needed when fishing for pike and other fish:
|Facilities for people with disabilities||see below|
Find out about angling and Upper Lough Erne.
One of the finest coarse fishing waters in Europe
Lough Erne, around the town of Enniskillen is one of the finest coarse fishing waters in Europe and has become popular as a competition venue anglers. Roach are everywhere and there are plenty of bream, pike and perch.
There is a good stock of pike in the lough. The normal methods for fishing include trolling from a boat. Fly fishing for pike is a fast-growing method.
Facilities for people with disabilities
A disabled hoist is available at Garvary and Innishclare to allow wheelchair users or other anglers with disabilities to fish from boats.
- Telephone 0300 200 7860 (outside NI: ++44 28 9151 3101)
Access is generally good elsewhere around the lough for anglers who find walking difficult, although there are no special wheelchair facilities.
There are a number of areas with level paths close to car parks. These are at Cornagrade, Trory, Ely Lodge and Dolan's Ring. There are also six stands suitable for wheelchairs at Queen Elizabeth Road, Enniskillen; two accessible stands at Broadmeadow at the rear of the Lakeland Forum, and one accessible stand at Coradillar Quay on Upper Lough Erne.
How to get there
Enniskillen is the best starting place. There is a visitor centre and tourist information office, Wellington Road.
- phone: 028 6632 3110
Boat hire is available at various locations. Ask for information in any tourist office.
Access to Garvary
Negotiations are underway to have obstructions to access removed at Garvary, Lower Lough Erne so that full access to facilities, including the disabled hoist, can be restored.