Angling at Quoile Basin

This is a National Nature Reserve. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) owns the fishing rights from the old barrier (flood gates) at Quoile Bridge to the new barrier at the head of Strangford Lough.

Key information

Nearest town Downpatrick
Area/length 40 hectares
Species pike, rudd and perch
Season all year
Methods all legal methods including ground bait and maggots for rudd and perch
Daily Bag limit one pike per person/four coarse per day
Size limit pike weighing 4kg and over and coarse longer than 25cm must be returned to the water
Licence DAERA coarse rod licence: Coarse rod licence prices from DAERA
Permit DAERA coarse permit: Coarse angling permit prices from DAERA
Facilities for people with  disabilities see below 

Pike, rudd and perch fishery

Access to the water is easy on the south side where the road runs near the water. A path and some stands are provided. The disabled anglers’ car park is available at the old flood gates.

DAERA leases the fishing rights of the river from Downpatrick to Kilmore. Good trout fishing is available in the river downstream from Kilmore.

Anglers must not disturb wildlife or leave behind line, lead shot or other litter.

Facilities for people with disabilities

There is a car park at the water's edge with a designated disabled bay. Fishing is possible from a wheelchair. Keys are available from Quoile Countryside Centre.

  • Telephone: 028 4461 5520

There are two other tarmac car parks connecting to a water's edge path. One fishing stand is unsuitable for people with disabilities, due to stepped access. Other stands are not suitable for wheelchairs.

How to get there

From Belfast, head south on the A24 and A7 through Saintfield to Downpatrick. Turn left at the roundabout on the A22. Turn right just before the bridge after 0.74 miles. Follow the road along the river to the various locations and the countryside centre is about 0.93 miles (signposted).

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