Fishing

  • Donaghaguy Reservoir

    Rainbow trout and brown trout. Season from 1st March to 31st October. Methods permitted are worm and fly. Bag limit of 3 fish per day for senior visitors and 2 fish per day for junior visitors. Licences accepted are Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Game Rod Licence. Permits are available from Bennetts Bar, Church Street, Warrenpoint, tel: 028 4175 2314.

    Location: Situated between Warrenpoint and Burren. From Newry, travel to Warrenpoint. At the end of the dual carriageway take the first left off the roundabout onto the Mound Road. At the end of this road go straight ahead and immediately after this take the first right. The reservoir is situated one mile on the left hand side.

    Contact: Permits available from Bennetts Bar, Church Street, Warrenpoint. Tel: 028 4175 2314

    Facilities: Disabled access, car parking, picnic area.

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  • Whitewater River

    Brown trout, sea trout and salmon. Season from 1st June to 31st October. Medium sized river, the best of the fishing is in September and October. Methods permitted are fly and all other legal methods, no wading is permitted in clean water and there is a restriction on the use of spinners. Bag limit of 3 fish per day. Licences permitted are Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Licence.

    Location: The Whitewater stretches from Deers Meadow in the Mournes to Whitewater Bridge where it flows into Carlingford Lough. To get to Deers Meadow in the Mournes follow the B27 from Kilkeel to Hilltown.

    Contact: Permits available from Kilkeel Sub Post Office, The Square, Kilkeel, tel: 028 4176 2225.

    Facilities: There is an accessible pool for less-able anglers.

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  • Bann River

    The Bann is a medium sized river noted for its Brown Trout fishing, which is good throughout the season, especially when there are hatches of black gnats or blue winged olives. Salmon and Dollaghen may be present in June, but it is generally later in the season before there are significant numbers. Season from June to July for Brown Trout and from August to September for Salmon and Dollaghen. Methods permitted are fly fishing, spinning and worming. Bag limit of 3 fish per day or 2 salmon per day. Licences required are for over 18, Fisheries Conservancy Board, for under 18, none. A coarse fishing rod licence is required for coarse fishing only. Permits for over 18 are DCAL Coarse Fishing and none required for under 18.

    Location: From Hilltown head toward the bottom of the Village. The Bann River is on your Left Hand Side.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Splega Dam

    This Lough has not been stocked for a number of years but has a hard fighting stock of mall wild trout and is operated as a wild hill Lough fishery. Brown Trout. Season from 1st March to 31 October. Methods permitted are fly-fishing, spinning and worm. Licence required for over 18 is Fisheries Conservancy Board Game Fishing Rod Licence, for under 18 none is required. Permits required are for over 18 DCAL Game Fishing Permit, for under 18 DCAL Juvenile Fishing Permit.

    Location: From Newry take the B8 to Hilltown, travel through Hilltown Village and take B27 toward Kilkeel.

    Facilities: Parking, toilets.

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  • Clanrye River

    The Clanrye is a medium size river with good brown trout fishing that also gets a run of sea trout in the summer months. Brown trout, sea trout, pike and small minnow. Season from 1st March to 31st October. Methods permitted are fly-fishing and worm - under no circumstances can maggots be used. Bag limit of 3 fish per day. Licences accepted are Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Game Rod Licence.

    Location: From Belfast, travel south along the A1 to Newry, or from South travel North on the N1 to Newry. Fishing is available from Newry Court House in the City Centre.

    Contact: Permits are available from Mr Ronald McCamley, 28 High Street, Newry, tel: 028 3026 8768.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Newry Canal

    The fishable section of this old Ship Canal runs from Newry to the Sea Locks on the Omeath Road, which is approximately 3.5 miles. Bream, Rudd, Pike, Pearch, Eel and Trout. Season runs all year round. All legal methods of fishing are permitted. Licence required is Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission Licence. There is no permit requirement.

    Location: Access can be gained from the Newry to Omeath road - B79, with parking facilities at Victoria Lock Gates.

    Facilities: Parking, fishing stands.

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  • Kiltybane Lake

    This is a natural lake, part bog, with good clear springs in its centre. Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Season runs from 1st March to 31st October. Methods permitted are fly and worm only. Bag limit of 3 fish per day. Licence required is Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission licence.

    Location: From Newry take the A25 to Camlough and the B30 to Crossmaglen. Follow the Carran Road towards Cullyhanna, after 3 miles take the Kiltybane Road to the lake.

    Contact: Permits available from Mr Phil Nolan, tel: 028 3086 8074.

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  • Camlough Lake

    This is a large disused reservoir, well stocked with small to medium Pike. Bream, Roach and Perch also stocked. Season runs all year round. All lawful methods of fishing accepted. Licence required is Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission licence. No permit required.

    Location: From Newry take the A25 and travel through Camlough. Then take the B30 Crossmaglen Road, which is on the left hand side. The lake is situated on your left.

    Contact: For boat permit contact Tourism Department of Newry and Mourne District Council 028 3031 3233 or email michelle.boyle@newryandmourne.gov.uk

    Facilities: Parking, Disabled access.

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  • Cashel Loughs

    Stocked 2-3 times annually, they are easily accessible with car parking and picnic areas on site. Trout only. Season runs from 1st March to 31st October. Methods accepted are fly and worm only. Bag limit of 2 fish per day. A Rod Licence is required.

    Location: From Crossmaglen follow B30 road to Newry, after Silverbridge take second junction.

    Contact: Permits can be acquired from Mr Gene Murphy, tel: 028 3088 8607

    Facilities: Car Parking, picnic area.

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  • Carrigans Lough

    This Trout Fishery is located on the outskirts of Silverbridge and is stocked twice annually. There is parking along roadside. Season runs from 1st March to 31st October. Methods of fishing accepted are fly and worm. Bag limit of 2 fish per day. A Rod Licence is required.

    Location: From Silverbridge, follow B30 to Newry, take first turn on right; lake is immediately on right hand side.

    Contact: Permits available from Mr Gene Murphy, tel: 028 3088 8607.

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  • Glassdrummond Lake

    The lake is stocked 2-3 times annually with Trout only. Season runs from 1st March to 31st October. Methods of fishing accepted are fly and worm. Bag limit of 2 fish per day. Parking is on the Glassdrummond Road.A Rod Licence is required.

    Location: From Crossmaglen take B30 road to Creggan, turn at Creggan and follow the Glassdrummond Road. The lake is on the right hand side. The trout fishery is situated on the outskirts of Creggan.

    Contact: Permits can be acquired from Mr Gene Murphy, tel: 028 3088 8607

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  • Mullaghbane Lake

    The lake is stocked 2-3 times annually with Trout only. Season from 1st March to 31st October. Methods of fishing are fly-fishing and worm, no spinning or netting. Bag lime of 2 fish per day. Rod Licence required.

    Location: From Mullaghbane turn right at Cranny Road and then turn left at Lough Road. This trout fishery is situated on the outskirts of Mullaghbane, close to Cloverhill Golf Course.

    Contact: Permit can be obtained from Mr Pat McKenna, Mullaghbane Post Office.

    Facilities: Parking.

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  • Lough Ross

    This lough covers an area of 222 acres and is stocked with Trout, Perch, Pike and Eel. Season runs all year. Methods of fishing are fly and worm fishing only with no size limit nor bag limit. A rod licence is required but no permit is needed.

    Location: From Crossmaglen take the Castleblaney Road taking the first turn on the left; the Lough in on the right.

    Facilities: Disabled access, car parking, picnic area.

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  • Sea Angling

    Sea Anglers will find excellent sport from shore and boat. Many varieties of fish are know to inhabit the clean, clear coastal waters surrounding South Down, including Ray, Turbot, Dogfish, Mullet, Flounder, Mackarel, Pollack, Coalfish and Tope. Off shore excursions can be arranged on a fully fitted modern craft with a qualified experienced skipper.

    Contact: Oliver Finnegan - 028 3026 4906
    Peyton Cunningham - 028 4176 3669

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