Angling news and events

This page provides the latest angling news and information about fishing events in Northern Ireland.


Everything you need to go fishing

Everything you need to know about fishing in Northern Ireland can be found at the link below:

Binevenagh Lake

Due to forestry works, the road is closed off to non-forestry vehicles for the month of February.  Access is still open for pedestrians, but with care.

Navar Lakes

Tarmac resurfacing work at Lough Navar scenic drive begins on Monday 11 February, lasting until Thursday 21 February 2019.  During this time public vehicles will be unable to use the scenic drive or access the car park at the Magho Cliffs viewpoint.

Pedestrian access to forest walking trails is not affected; however, forest visitors should be aware of moving machines or contractor vehicles involved in the resurfacing works.

Forest Service apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fish stocking figures

October 2018 fish stocking figures on the Public Angling Estate can be found at the link below:

How to avoid spreading crayfish plague

Anglers are urged to take precautions to avoid the spread of crayfish plague.  Advice can be found at the link below:

Ireland fisheries

There have been reports of dead coarse fish at two fisheries in the Republic of Ireland.  This is being investigated by Inland Fisheries Ireland. When the cause  is known a further update will be given.

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:

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.

Community Outreach Angling Events Fund

The 'Community Outreach Angling Events Fund' which helps with small grants, to encourage participation in angling, has reopened (since Monday 15 January 2018) following a short suspension of this scheme. Further information is available from DAERA Inland Fisheries, by telephone:

Phone: 0300 2007 860

Portavoe Reservoir

The car park gates at Portavoe Reservoir will be locked each evening (before darkness) until 8.00 am the following day due to a series of anti-social behaviour issues at the site. This arrangement will be in place until further notice. 

New fisheries added to DAERA Public Angling Estate 

A number of new waters have been added to the DAERA Public Angling Estate. They are: 

  • Dunalis Reservoir near Coleraine 
  • Boomers Dam in Lisburn 
  • Lough Islandreavy in the Mournes 
  • Creighton’s Green near Belfast 

The new fisheries will be jointly managed with local angling clubs and day tickets will be available to DAERA Season Permit holders at reduced rates. 

Further information will be published here in the coming weeks.  If you have questions about these new waters, contact: 

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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