Angling in Fermanagh
The Fermanagh Lakelands is a haven for Anglers
Fermanagh is renowned for its world famous fishing. With over 300 square miles of water, the Lakelands are an angler’s paradise
With its abundance of Loughs and Rivers, our waters offer game anglers the opportunity to fish for salmon and wild brown trout as well as stocked rainbow and brown trout. The famous sonaghan, ferox and gillaroo can also be found in these diverse waters.
The Coarse angler will find some of the finest fishing available in Europe, with bream, roach and hybrids in abundance as well as perch and tench. Add to this pike fishing that is second to none – whether seeking to catch them on fly or in a more traditional manner and the region offers all anglers wonderful opportunities.
There is no close season for the coarse fisherman and it is possible for the game angler to fish during all twelve months as our designated rainbow fisheries remain open all year round.
There are many popular Loughs, rivers and fisheries that are easily accessed by visitors. Lough Erne & Lough Melvin being the more well known.
Where to fish in Fermanagh Lakelands…
1 Ballinamallard River
This is a small river with trout as the main species. There are also some salmon from mid-July when conditions are suitable. In the early part of the season good fishing can be had using dry fly.
2 Navar Lakes – Achork, Glencreawan and Meenameen
Within the forest area there is a scenic drive, cliff-top viewpoint and a touring caravan site. There are three lakes open to Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DAERA) permit holders – Achork, Glencreawan and Meenameen. Fishing is not permitted in the fourth lake, Lough Navar.
3 Colebrook River
This is mainly a coarse fishery however salmon and a few brown trout up to 2 kg are often caught towards the end of the season when moving to the upper reaches of the river. Large pike are numerous and provide good fishing opportunities.
4 Corranny Lough
Corranny is a small lough lying where the road forks near Dernawilt crossroads. There is a car-park, shore path and eleven fishing stands. The Lough is stocked annually with takeable rainbow trout.
6 Lower Lough Erne
The most popular locations are indicated on the map and fishing stands have been erected at many of these locations to improve access. Fly fishing is a particularly effective method for fishing for Brown Trout. The Mayfly season is, without doubt, the most important fly fishing period on the Lough. The Mayfly makes its appearance in mid-May and continues for 3 to 4 weeks.
7 Upper Lough Erne
The Erne is one of the finest coarse fishing waters in Europe and has become popular as a competition venue for anglers. On warm days, pike will bask on the surface and exciting fishing can be had using a fly rod and gaudy pike flies.
8 Keenaghan Lough
Keenaghan is a very popular lake which attracts anglers from near and far. The north and south shores are mostly hard bottomed and easy to wade. Fishing from the western shore is impeded by aquatic weeds. Where shore angling is difficult, a number of natural stone stands have been provided.
This is a reservoir between Lisnaskea and Rosslea in east Fermanagh. The south side is firm and gravelly with a long slope. The north side is softer and there is a dangerous area in the north-west corner where a warning notice indicates sandy banks and deep water.
10 Upper Lough MacNean
This fishing location is similar to Lough Erne, with its islands and secluded bays. It is suitable for boat fishing for pike. The lough is fished for trout, usually during the mayfly season.
11 Mill Lough Bellanaleck
This popular fishery is stocked with takeable fish annually.Fish will grow up to 5 kg during the winter. Upwing olives and fast fished lures are prominent at this fishery
12 Lough Scolban
Pike are the main type of fish found in this water, with some weighing up to 9 kg. There is an abundance of perch and roach which tend to be small. Trout and bream are occasionally taken, but are generally not the main interest for anglers here.
13 Stillwater Coarse Fisheries
Six lakes have been developed for coarse fishing by the Erne & Melvin Enhancement Company and Fermanagh District Council.
14 Blessingbourne Lakes
Blessingbourne Lakes sit amongst mature woodland. The larger lake is around 3 metres deep and is best known for its specimen Pike and Perch fishing. The lake also contains good stocks of Roach and Rudd to 1lb. The smaller lake is around 2 metres deep, with a path around the shore and contains plentiful stocks of smaller fish.