Angling at Spelga Reservoir

This reservoir, set in the Mourne Mountains, is near the source of the River Bann and supplies water to the Portadown and Banbridge areas.

Key information

Nearest town Hilltown
Area/length 60 hectares
Species brown trout
Season 1 March to 31 October
Methods fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing
Daily bag limit none
Size limit none
Boats fishing from boats is not permitted
Licence DAERA game rod licence: Game rod licence prices from DAERA
Permit DAERA game angling permit: Game angling permit prices from DAERA

Wild brown trout fishery

This reservoir is very popular during summer. It is operated as a wild lough fishery. There are many small, wild trout. Popular flies for the upland water include Bibio, Zulu, and Black Pennel.

How to get there

From Rathfriland

Go south on the B25 to Hilltown. Take the B8 and B27 towards Newcastle. Go right after 1.49 miles towards Kilkeel for 2.48 miles until reaching the head of the valley (signposted).

From Newry

Take the A25 and B8 to Hilltown

From Belfast

Take the A24 through Ballynahinch to Clough. Turn right onto the A25 through Castlewellan and go for 4.97 miles. Turn left for Hilltown (B8). Turn left for Kilkeel (B27) before entering the town.

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