Fishing Trips in Northern Ireland

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Fishing Trips in Northern Ireland
Lough Neagh, the biggest inland waterway in the British Isles, offers a variety of fishing challenges. (lough corrib afternoon image by Joe Houghton from

The six counties of Northern Ireland offer opportunities for fishing on a par with anything available throughout the rest of the Emerald Isle. Lough Neagh, River Bann and Lough Erne are all firmly established inland waterways on Ireland's angling map. The coastlines of Counties Antrim and Down are well known for quality deep sea fishing experiences.

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Portrush sea fishing

As of 2010, sea fishing expeditions are available from Portrush, a seaside resort on Northern Ireland's North Coast. According to the Discover Northern Ireland website, trips aboard captain Dessie Stewart's vessel offer the chance to catch cod, pollack and conger as well as spurdog, skate, dogfish, haddock and whiting. Stewart's vessel, Brothers, is certified to carry up to 12 people and on-board equipment includes a fish finder.

Brothers Deep Sea Fishing And Pleasure Trips

Portrush Northern Ireland

44 (0) 7702 052 918

Causeway Lass

The Portrush based vessel Causeway Lass offers mackerel fishing trips to the sandbanks which lie just off Portrush and neighbouring Portstewart. The boat can also be chartered for six hours. In the summer, tope and shark fishing can be arranged. Causeway Lass is licensed to carry up to 12 passengers.

Fish Portrush

Portrush Northern Ireland

44 (0) 771 211 57 51


Lough Neagh

Lough Neagh, the biggest inland waterway in the British Isles offers anglers the chance to net salmon, pollan and dolaghan, a type of trout. The boat operated by Lough Neagh Angling is the only charter vessel available to anglers who want to enjoy these waters.

Tom Woods

190 Aghafad Road


Co Tyrone BT76 0XE

44 (0) 28 8554 8659

Fermanagh Lakelands

The Fermanagh Lakelands have been enjoyed by generations of anglers. Watermill Fishing Lodge on the shores of Lough Erne provides fishing packages which include boat hire, bait, tackle, packed lunches and gillies. Accommodation and evening meals are all provided at this scenic location on the shores of the Lough Erne. Airport transfers can also be arranged.

Watermill Fishing Lodge

Kilmore Quay


Co. Fermanagh BT92 0DT

44 (0) 28 6772 2237

Trout fishing

Donaldson Lake is a trout fishing farm at Church Road in Holywood, a 10 minute drive from Belfast City Centre. The two acre site is heavily stocked and permits for fishing are available between Monday and Saturday. The lake enjoys a sheltered position which makes it a very popular winter fishing venue.

Donaldson Lake

Church Road


Co Down BT18 9BX

44 (0) 28 9042 5592

Travelling to Northern Ireland

Visitors from the United States can fly into Belfast International Airport from Newark with Continental Airlines. Alternatively, connecting services are available via London. Frequent coach services link Belfast with Dublin Airport.

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