Fisheries outside the Public Angling Estate

These are private fisheries in Northern Ireland that are available to the public. Anglers will need to buy a 'Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs' (DAERA) or Loughs Agency rod licence and a permit or day ticket for these fisheries.

Permits and day tickets

To have permission to fish the private waters listed below, you need to buy a permit or day ticket from the fishery owner.  A private fishery owner can be a person, company or angling club.

You cannot buy a permit or day ticket without a rod licence.  

Catch and release for salmon

Anglers must use catch and release for all salmon and sea trout angling in the DAERA rod licensing area. This means all salmon and sea trout must be returned immediately, alive and unharmed, to the water.

Open seasons for rod and line

The open seasons in the DAERA Public Angling Estate (PAE) licensing area are:

  • 1 February to 30 September - Lough Melvin
  • 1 March to 31 October - all other waters

Buy rod licences, permits and River Bush day tickets

Rainbow trout open season for rod and line 

There is no close season for rainbow trout on waters (outside the Public Angling Estate) which have been designated by DAERA as rainbow trout waters.

The open season for coarse fishing is all year.

Rainbow trout fisheries in Northern Ireland

Unless indicated, these private fisheries are not part of the DAERA Public Angling Estate. Before fishing in any of these fisheries, anglers must have permission from the fishery owner:

County Antrim

  • Beechgrove Fisheries, Cullybackey
  • Cairn Farm Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus 
  • Cornmill Fishery
  • Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown
  • Cranogue Fishery
  • Dalways Lake
  • Green Road, Mill Ponds, Ballyclare
  • Kilgad Fishery 
  • McCutcheon's Lake, Aghalee
  • Murloc Angling Centre, Aghalee
  • North Woodburn Reservoir (Public Angling Estate water)
  • Potterswall Reservoir 
  • Quoilie Reservoirs, Broughshane
  • Raloo Fishery 
  • Springwater Meadow Lakes one and two 
  • Straid Lake
  • Tildarg Fishery
  • Turnagrove Fishery 
  • Upper Pond, The Waterworks, Cavehill Road, Belfast
  • Woodford Farm Fishery

County Armagh

  • Craigavon City Park North Lake (Public Angling Estate water)
  • Drummanbeg Lake, Lurgan
  • Islandderry Lake, Dromore Road, Lurgan
  • Lisanoe Lake

County Down

  • Altnadue Lough
  • Ash Cottage Fishery Ballydugan, Lake
  • Ballygrangee Fishery 
  • Ballywillwill Lake, Annsborough
  • Bridgewater Fishery 
  • Carrickmannon Lake
  • Cleland's Lake, Crossgar
  • Corbet Lake 
  • Creevy Lough (Public Angling Estate water)
  • Dairy Fishery Pond 
  • Derryleckagh Lake 
  • Donaldson's Lake, Holywood 
  • Drum Lough
  • Finnebrogue Fisheries 
  • Gibson's Lough
  • Gilford Fishery 
  • Gills Lough, Tullywest 
  • Hazelwood Rainbow Trout Fishery
  • High Dam, Newtownards
  • Hillsborough Lake (Public Angling Estate water)
  • Hoggs Lough, Tullywest 
  • Kernan Lake 
  • Lower Ballysallagh Reservoir
  • Lower Conlig Reservoir 
  • Magheralagan Lake 
  • Marybrook Fisheries
  • Lough Money (Public Angling Estate water)
  • Montalto Lake 
  • Movilla Lake 
  • Portavoe Reservoir (Public Angling Estate water)
  • Shane's Lough, Dundrum
  • The Egg Cup, Dundrum
  • Tonaghmore Reservoir
  • Trench Farm Pond
  • Waterfall Lodge, Trout Fishery

County Fermanagh

  • Castlehume Lough
  • Lough Coolyermer
  • Lough Corrany (Public Angling Estate water)

County Londonderry

  • Ballylagan Lake
  • Ballyrashane Reservoir
  • Cashel Lake View Trout Fishery
  • Cromore Road, Portstewart
  • Dunalis Reservoir
  • Gauger's Inn Fishery Lake
  • Loughinsholin Put and Take Fishery 
  • Moorbrook Lodge, Castlerock
  • Springwell Fishery
  • Stonefalls Trout Fishery, Castlerock
  • Turnaface Fishery
  • Washing Lough of Manor Golf and Fishing Club

County Tyrone

  • Altmore Fishery 
  • Annaginney Stillwater Trout Fishery
  • Aughadarragh Fishery
  • Ballagh Lake
  • Dungannon Park Lake 
  • Eskragh Lough
  • Glenkeen Fishery, Caledon Road, Aughnacloy
  • Hazelden Fishery 
  • Martray Lough
  • Rectory Lodge Trout Fishery 
  • Termon Trout Fishery
  • White Lough (Public Angling Estate water)

Loughs Agency

For more information on fisheries under Loughs Agency control, visit their website:

Game angling clubs

For information on game angling clubs in Northern Ireland, contact the Ulster Angling Federation Ltd.

Coarse fishing

For information on coarse fishing in Northern Ireland, contact the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation.

Pike fishing

For information on pike fishing, contact the Northern Ireland Pike Society.

Tench fishing

For information on tench fishing, contact The Tench Fishers.

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