COVID-19 update - public angling estate waters
All public angling estate waters are now closed to angling. Car parks and vehicular access points should not be used.
These arrangements will be kept under review.
Angling Event Grant Fund suspended
In the current COVID-19 situation the Angling Event Grant Fund has been temporarily suspended. An update will be issued when the Angling Event Grant Fund is reinstated.
Fish stocking figures
The latest fish stocking figures on the Public Angling Estate can be found at the following link:
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.
Anglers, be aware of low water levels due to ongoing works by Northern Ireland Water which may expose mud and silt that's unsafe to walk on.
Reports of diseased salmon
Small numbers of salmon showing signs of bleeding and ulceration have been found in Norway, Ireland and Scotland. Fish found in Northern Ireland showing these signs should be kept alive and reported to DAERA by phoning:
- 028 4461 8090
All fishing tackle, boots and fishing jackets should be disinfected. For more details visit:
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. Advice can be found at the link below:
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.
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.
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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