Fishing

Newry and Morne's many rivers and lakes have some of the country's best waters for game and coarse angling. There is something to suit all levels of angler, be they novice or experienced.

  • South Armagh
  • The Mournes

Newry & District Anglers AssociationKittybane Lake

Newry and District Anglers was created to provide 1st class fishing for the people of Newry and the surroundingareas. Originally the club consisted of both course and game fishing. Newry course anglers split from the original club to pursue there own specialist competitive pursuits leaving the the Game angling club as it now stands.
The club has evolved over the years to it's present format and welcomes anglers from all areas. The club membership has been held at a reasonable cost with no increase in the last five years, while still maintaining quality fishing on the clubs waters. For further information visit our website at www.newryanglers.com


South Armagh

South Armagh boasts some of the best waters for game and coarse angling. There is something to suit all levels of angler be they novice or experienced. "You are guaranteed to be hooked after a day's fishing in tranquil surroundings.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
McCourt's Lake All Season Regularly Brown & Rainbow Trout

McCourt's Lake is approx.13 acres in size and nestles in the hills just South of Poyntzpass. The lake is regularly stoked with both Rainbow and Brown trout. Fishing is generally good all season long. Even if you are not catching it remains a tranquil setting for a day out by the water. At the request of Farmers, dogs are not permitted on McCourt's. The Lake is designated Flyfishing only and is the venue for the various club competitions the lake is regularly bailiffed by both the club and the Loughs Agency. Day tickets are available from the Spar shop in Poyntzpass and from J C Smyth sports and Ronnie McCamley in Newry.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Clanrye River     Salmon, Sea & Brown Trout
Newry & District Anglers Association leases the fishing right from Mourne Country Parks LTD. Formerly Kilbroney estates. The club controls 15 miles of river from Newry Town to north of Rathfriland.
The Clanrye holds a run of Salmon and Sea Trout which are closely monitored by the Loughs Agency, it is the view of the club that for conservation reasons migratory fish should be returned to breed in order that stocks might continue to improve. The river also contains a nice head of Brown trout all along its length.
All legal methods, spinning worm and fly are acceptable methods, however the use of maggot is banned on all club waters. Day tickets are available from the usual club agents.
Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Loughross All year   Pike, Perch, Eel

Rod licence required. No permit required. No bag limit
Parking on site with picnic and toilet facilities.

Directions: From Crossmaglen, take Castleblaney Road, taking the first turn on left. The lough is on the right.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Cashel (Upper & Lower) March - October 2-3 times Trout

Rod licence required and if not a member of a local club, day permit can be obtained from Mr. Gene Murphy 028 30 888607. Bag limit 2 fish per day.
Parking on site.

Directions: From Crossmaglen follow road to Newry, after Silverbridge take the second junction on the right.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Glassdrummond March - October 2-3 times Trout

Rod licence required and if not a member of a local club, day permit can be obtained from Mr. Gene Murphy 028 30 888607. Bag limit 2 fish per day.
Parking on site.

Directions: Turn at Creggan, follow Glassdrummond Road and the lake is on the right.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Carrigan March - October 2-3 times Trout

Rod licence required and if not a member of a local club, day permit can be obtained from Mr. Gene Murphy 028 30 888607. Bag limit 2 fish per day.
Parking on site.

Directions: From Silverbridge, follow the road to Newry. Take the first turn on right. The lake is immediately on your right.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Newry Canal All year   Trout, Bream, Rudd, Pike, Perch, Eels

Rod licence required. Foule, Carlingford and Irish lights commission
Parking close by.

Directions: Omeath Road Newry.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Mullaghbane March - October 2-3 times Trout

Rod licence required and if not a member of a local club, day permit can be obtained from Mullaghbane Fishing Club. Bag limit 2 fish per day.
Parking at lay-by close to lake.

Directions: In Mullaghbane, turn right at Cranny Road and turn left at Lough Road.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Camlough Lake All Year   Pike, Bream Roach, Perch

This large disused reservoir is well stocked with pike, and fishing is free to licence holders.Foule, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

Directions: From Newry, drive through Camlough and then take the Crossmaglen Road. You will pass the lake on your left. The road drives along the dam, giving easy access, but the lake is also used for water sports, so a walk to the far end can be well worth the effort.


Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Danes Cast Fishery      
Danescast Fishery is situated on the Towpath approximately a half mile from the Village of Jerrettspass, Newry. The Fishery provides Fly/Bait Fishing for Rainbow Trout in Newry & Mourne with regular stocked fish from 1.5llb to 6llb weight. The fishery consists of two lakes and a small pond ideal for beginners who would like to avail of Fly Fishing lessons with our on site National Angling Guide (booking by appointment only). Prices start from a 1 fish ticket plus catch and release on fly lake £12.00 and £5.00 to fish bait lake all fish killed charge £3.00 per llb(euro also welcome)Fishing Rods are also available to hire at the fishery.
The fishery's facilities include a tackle shop,Tea/Coffee,Toilet, picnic area and Car park.
The fishery is ideally situated on the Towpath which runs from Newry to Portadown and is open to the public, who are welcome to use our facilities whilst using the Towpath for a bit of a break.

Danes Cast Fishery, 121Tandragee Road, Jerrettspass, Newry, Co. Down. Mobile No.: 07972 025592. website: www.danescastfishery.co.uk e-mail address: danescastfishery@hotmail.co.uk

 

The Mournes

Carlingford Lough

Carlingford Lough lies on the east coast of Northern Ireland and straddles the international border with the Republic of Ireland.

It is a narrow sea Lough surrounded by the Mourne Mountains and the Cooley Peninsula, which are both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Carlingford Lough provides some of the best fishing in the Irish coastal waters, with specimen fish such as the Irish record for the Tope at 66 ½ lbs.

Fishing in the Mournes

Carlingford Lough offers a great variety for the angler from great tope to the more elusive, but extremely sporting, sea trout and bass.

The tope fishing is arguably at it’s best from June to September and this area has probably produced more specimen tope than the rest of Ireland with fish well over 40 lbs not unusual.

There is also the opportunity to fish the wrecks just outside the lough for pollack, ling, whiting, codling, conger etc.

Around the edges of the lough from Ballagan point south of Greenore to Cranfield point on the eastern side there are a number of locations where bass and sea trout may be taken. The fish will find herring and mackerel fry as well as sandeels and crabs to feed on. This combined with a powerful tide rip makes for an exciting shore fishing venue although in some areas the rough ground makes bait fishing almost impossible.

A number of spinning lures and natural sandeels are effective, as is the popular art of saltwater flyfishing. The use of floating ‘popping’ flies over heavily kelped areas can produce a bass or two where no other method would be viable.

Warrenpoint area

The area's many rivers and lakes provide exciting sport for the angler.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Donaghaguy Reservoir March - October Monthly Rainbow trout and brown trout

This trout fishery is regularly stocked with rainbow trout up to 7 lbs weight.
Worm and fly are permitted, spinning is strictly forbidden. Angling is controlled by the Warrenpoint, Burren & District Angling Club. For information on season and day tickets, contact Bennett's Restaurant, Church Street, Warrenpoint or JC Smyth Sports & Saddlery, Kildare Street, Newry. Day tickets cost £12 per adult and £6 for junior, bag limit 2 fish (plus two catch and release if fly fishing).

Directions: From Newry, travel in the direction of Warrenpoint. At the end of the dual carriageway at the roundabout, take the first left on to the Mound Road. At Milltown crossroads, go straight ahead and take the extreme first right. The reservoir is situated ½ mile along this road on the right.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
Spelga Reservoir March - October   Brown Trout

This reservoir is open to Department of Agriculture permit holders. This is a very popular fishery in the summer months. The fish do not run large, but there are plenty of them, and provide good fun on a small Mepps, or on the fly.

Directions: The lake is situated on the main road from Hilltown to Kilkeel B27.

Location Season Stocked Type of Fish
The Bann Brown Trout = June / July, Salmon & dollaghen = Aug /Sept   Wild Brown Trout, Salmon, Sea Trout, Dollaghens

Northern Ireland's longest river, the Bann rises in the Mournes above Spelga Reservoir, flows down through Hilltown to Banbridge, Portadown and into Lough Neagh and then to the Atlantic Ocean at Portstewart. Bag limit: 3 fish per day, 2 Salmon per day

Licence: Over 18 - Fisheries Conservacy Board, Under 18 - None, Coarse Rod licence
Permit: Over 18 - DCAL coarse fishing permit, Under 18 - None
Directions: From Newry by the A25 & B8 to Hilltown. From Belfast by the A24 through Ballynahinch to Clough, turing right onto the A25 through Castlewellen & 8km beyond this fork left for Hilltown (B8).