Angling news and events

This page has the latest news and information about the Public Angling Estate and fishing events in Northern Ireland.

COVID-19 update

The Public Angling Estate is open except for Portavoe Reservoir.

Car parks and most access laneways are open but some use of boats may still be restricted in some locations. Social distancing and other measures should be observed with up to date information checked on the Public Health Agency website.

Closed locations

Portavoe reservoir is closed until further notice.

Car parks

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) car parks are open including disabled parking. 

Reopening of angling sites

All angling sites can now open. As usual, some will need to close occasionally for operational reasons.  

Private fisheries, including clubs may also be open and trade. 

Meeting with anglers not from your household

You may meet up to 14 other anglers out of doors – as long as social distancing is maintained.

Fishing from a boat

You can fish from a boat where boating is permitted. Anglers who have been isolating within one household can use a small boat together.

Buying angling licences and permits

You can only use the online system to buy DAERA angling licences and permits.

DAERA fisheries offices and most distributors are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Contacting DAERA Inland Fisheries

You can only contact DAERA Inland Fisheries by email:

Health and restrictions advice 

Follow the latest COVID-19 health advice on the Public Health Agency website. 

Refunds

No refunds will be provided for the closure of fisheries due to COVID-19. 

Corranny Lough closed for three weeks

Corranny Lough is closed from 30 September 2020 for three weeks due to infrastructure works.

Lough Macronan closed until 1 December

Lough Macronan is closed until 1 December 2020 to help tree harvesting operations by Forest service.

Castlewellan Lake - Blue-green algae  

All activities on Castlewellan lake are currently prohibited due to the presence of blue green algae.

Dunalis Reservoir - Blue-green algae 

Blue-green algae is present in Dunalis Reservoir. Anglers should exercise caution when fishing there. 

Angling Event Grant Fund

Due to COVID-19 the Inland Fisheries Angling Event Fund has been suspended until further notice.

Fish stocking figures

DAERA has continued to stock its public angling estate waters while its fisheries were closed:

The latest fish stocking figures on the Public Angling Estate can be found at the following link:

Altnahinch Reservoir

Anglers are advised not to fish near the float and nets at Altnahinch Reservoir as an experiment is taking place to pick up tagged fish signals.

Killylane Reservoir

Killylane is now open but visitors should be aware of lower water levels. All anglers must follow health and safety measures and visitors should consider the welfare of the fish.

Reports of diseased salmon

Reports have been received of Atlantic salmon from European rivers being caught which have demonstrated symptoms of Red Skin Disease. 

If you catch or observe Salmon with a red spotted rash, ulceration and bleeding, report to: 

Affected salmon should not be removed  from the water.

All fishing tackle, boots and fishing jackets should be disinfected. 

If you've recently fished in the Republic of Ireland and plan to fish in Northern Ireland, follow the advice at the link below when you leave the water, to stop the spread of invasive species:

Lough Cowey

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

How to avoid spreading crayfish plague

Anglers are urged to take precautions to avoid the spread of crayfish plague: Water users urged to take precautions to avoid spread of crayfish plague

Craigavon City Park Lake South

The car park at Craigavon Watersports Centre is closed due to construction work.  Therefore the nearest car park for anglers fishing at Craigavon City Park Lake South is off roundabout nine on the Portadown to Lurgan road.

Portavoe Reservoir

Portavoe reservoir is closed until further notice.

Safety at waterways

If you're a competitor or a spectator at angling events, always pay attention to safety notices and warnings about waterways.

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