Angling at Lower Lough Erne

The most popular locations are indicated on the maps (below). Fishing stands were erected at many of these locations to improve access. Anglers at this fishery can capture trout weighing five kg and sometimes heavier.

 

Key information about Lower Lough Erne

Nearest town Enniskillen
Area/length 15,303 hectares
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
Methods

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:

  • four rods/lines are allowed in a boat occupied by two,three or more people
  • two rods/lines are allowed in a boat occupied by one person
Daily bag limit

six trout per rod per day
four coarse fish per day/one pike per person
catch and release for all salmon

Size limit

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
Licence 

DAERA game rod licence is needed when fishing for trout and salmon: 
Game rod licence prices from DAERA.

DAERA coarse rod licence is needed when fishing for pike and other fish:
Coarse rod licence prices from DAERA.

Permit

DAERA game permit is needed when fishing for trout and salmon:
Game angling permit prices from DAERA.

DAERA coarse permit is needed when fishing for pike and other fish:
Coarse angling permit prices from DAERA.

Further Guidance
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.

  • Telephone: 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.

Other places to fish 

Everything you need to go fishing

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