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Relax, unwind, with rod and reel, and enjoy many endless hours fishing the abundant and well stocked waters of Down.

Licences are required for game and coarse fishing,
and can be obtained from: 

General Information on fishing please contact:

DCAL Waters are managed by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), Inland Fisheries Group. T: 0300 200 7860 W:

 Rod License and Fishing Permit Distributors in Down District

Four Seasons

47 Main Street,
Newcastle, BT33 0AD
T: 0 28 4372 5078  

The Fly Box

95 Burren Road,
Ballynahinch, BT24 7LZ
T: 0 28 9753 3311

Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre
The Saint Patrick Centre,
53a Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
T 0 28 4461 2233

Stewart & Gibson Ltd 25-27 Main Street
BT24 8DN 
T: 028 9756 2220 

Ballylough Lake

Managed by Castlewellan and Annsborough Angling Club
Ballybannion Hill
Clough Road, Annsborough

Game: Rainbow and Brown Trout
Season: 1 March - 31 October
Methods: Fly Fishing only.
Bag Limits: Normally Four.
Permit/Licence: Game Rod licence is required for over 18s. Day ticket required from Castlewellan and Annsborough Angling Club, call the Chestnut Inn, Castlewellan on 0 28 4377 8247, or from day
ticket outlet at
Paula’s, Main Street,
Parking: Lay-by at Lough.
Directions: Annsborough, near Castlewellan. 

Carrickmannon Fishery

Rainbow Trout Put and Take
(Worm, Spinning or Fly Fishing)
130 Station Road
T: 0 28 9751 0654
M: 07787 853903

Carrickmannon Fishery offers a range of facilities. Fly fishing from boat or bank and bait or spinning from bank only. Fly pond regularly stocked with rainbows up to 10lb. Children's pond heavily stocked. Bait pond heavily stocked. Bait pond for worm only. Children 10 years and under must be supervised by an adult. Boats are available for hire and anglers must wear life jackets provided. Car park, toilet, small shop, barbecue and picnic facilities are provided at the fishery. Rod licence is necessary.

Opening Hours: The fishery is open all year from 9:00 with evening fishing from April to September. 

Castlewellan Lake

Managed by Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure (DCAL).

Game: Brown and Rainbow Trout.
Season: 1 March - 31 October.
Methods: Spinning and worm. Fly only from own boat.
Bag limits: 4 trout per rod per day; minimum takeable size 25.4cm
Licence/permit: DCAL Game rod licence (Over 12s only) and DCAL Game permit required
Parking: In Forest Park car park.
Directions: Castlewellan Forest Park.

Lough Island Reavy Club Water

93 hectare reservoir. Managed by Belfast Angling Association.
T: 0 28 4065 0537

Game: Brown Trout, some Pike and Perch.
Season: 1 April - 30 September.
Methods: Fly fishing only.
Bag limits: 3 fish per rod per day.
All fish under 12” must be returned to the water.
Permit/licence: No Sunday fishing.
Game rod licence needed for over 18s. 6 permits per day available.
Parking: On Lacken Road.
Directions: Between Castlewellan and Kilcoo on Rathfriland Road. 

Lough Money

Managed by Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure (DCAL)

Game: Rainbow Trout and Pike.
Season: 1 February - 31 December.
Methods: Fly, Worm and Spinning. Bait fishing for pike with barbless hooks or hooks with flattened barbs only and hook size 4 or greater.
Deadbaiting for pike is permitted using 1 rod only and should be a minimum size of 100mm.
Bag limits: There is a bag limit of 4 Rainbow Trout.
Permit/licence: DCAL Game Rod Licence (Over 12's only) and DCAL Game Permit always required. 
Parking: Car park at Ballyalton end of Lough.
Directions: From Downpatrick take Ballyhornan Road. Turn left onto Ballyculter Road. Lough Money is situated on left.
Contact: 0300 200 7860 or visit 

Moneycarragh River, Dundrum

Dundrum Angling Club

Game: Sea Trout and Salmon.
Season: 1 March – 31 October.
License Authority: Fisheries Conservancy Board.
Day Ticket: There are six day tickets available which run from 9:00 for twenty-four hours.
Day Ticket Outlet:
The Spar,
133 Main Street,
T: 0 28 4375 1656

The Moneycarragh is a small (3-5m) river best known for its Sea Trout and the occasional Salmon. The Sea Trout fishing is at its best from June to September while the opportunity of a Salmon is at its peak from September to the end of the season. Fly fishing, spinning and worming are the permitted methods, and a ghillie can be arranged with prior notice. 

Quoile Basin

Managed by Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure.

Coarse and Game: Pike, Perch and Rudd
Season: All year.
Method: All lawful methods (no bait digging allowed)
Bag limits: 1 Pike per day, 4 Coarse fish per day. 
Permit/licence: DCAL Coarse rod licence (Over 12's only) and DCAL Game permit required.
Parking: Use Quoile Countryside Centre
Directions: Follow Strangford Road from Downpatrick, turn left at sign for Quoile Countryside Centre.
Contact: 0300 200 7860 or visit 

Shimna River

Managed by Shimna Angling Club and DCAL.

Game: Salmon and Sea Trout.
Season: 1 March - 31 October.
Methods: Fly, spinning and worm.
Bag limits: Salmon = Catch and release from opening day to 31st May only and two salmon per day thereafter, 4 trout per rod..
Permit/Licence: DCAL Game rod licence (Over 12's only), DCAL Game permit required and a Shimna Angling Club Day ticket from Four Seasons Sport Tackle in Newcastle. Sold on Mondays for the week.
Parking: At Islands Park, Bryansford Road, Newcastle.
Directions: River flows between Tollymore Park and the sea at Newcastle.
The Shimna River holds the Irish Record for Sea Trout.
Contact: 0300 200 7860 or visit 

Sea Fishing and Sightseeing Trips  

Newcastle Harbour, Newcastle, BT33
T: 07793125224
Sea Fishing and sightseeing trips available on board the MV Keltic Lady from Newcastle Harbour. MCA Coded for 12 passengers with all safety equipmet and fully insured. Your skipper is RYA Qualifed. Sea angling trips from 2.5 hours to 8 hour charters. Summertime Mackerel fishing trips. Rods and Bait available, individuals and groups welcome. Sight seeing trips from 1 hour and Eco/Bird/ Nature watching trips from 2.5hours. 

Accommodation Castlewellan
Accommodation Downpatrick
Accommodation Newcastle
Accommodation Saintfield 


Downpatrick Visitor Information
The Saint Patrick Centre,
53a Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
T 0 28 4461 2233
F 0 28 4461 2350

Newcastle Visitor Information Centre
10-14 Central Promenade,
Newcastle, BT33 0AA
T 0 28 4372 2222
F 0 28 4372 2400