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    In Northern Ireland a coarse fishing Licence is required and on most waters a permit is also needed. A coarse licence (covering pike fishing) is required by law for eveyone over 12 years of age fishing in Northern Ireland. It should be noted that a coarse rod licence and a coarse Department permit entitle the holder to use two coarse rods at a time. A separate coarse licence and coarse permit is required for a third and subsequent coarse rod being used. Similarly, holders of juvenile permits are entitled to fish using two coarse rods at a time.

    Angling licence and permit prices

    These prices are subject to change. please go to https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/angling/rod-licence-and-permit-prices

    Buy a licence or permit online

    Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

    Inland Fisheries, Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EG
    Tel: 0300 200 7860
    Web: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling

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    Co. Fermanagh

    Lough Erne, River Erne

    The Erne is one of the finest coarse fishing waters in Europe and has become popular as a competition venue for visiting anglers. Fishing in the Upper lough is concentrated between Enniskillen and Newtonbutler with Broadmeadow, Dolans Ring, Cornagrade, Scotch Store and Schools stretches being popular. For the specialist angler tench can be found in the weedy areas in the summer. Roach are everywhere with bream, pike, perch and eels, in abundance. In recent years many outstanding weights have been recorded during sponsored coarse angling competitions. Modern pegs and fishing stands are available for up to 500 anglers. The Department’s scientists have carried out an extensive coarse fish survey which indicates that fish are plentiful throughout this vast water although the bulk of match fishing takes place around Enniskillen.

    Co. Antrim

    Lower Bann, Movanagher

    Coarse fishing on the Lower Bann and Lough Beg is excellent – catches of 20-30 kg. per day achievable. The waters are abundant with bream, roach and hybrids.

    Co. Armagh

    Enagh Lough, Creeve Lough Carrick Lough

    At Movanagher Canal three car-parks have been provided at the canal bank and 43 stands are available for competitions making this an ideal venue for small angling tournaments. The canal fishes well when high flow conditions exist on the river. Roach/ bream hybrids specimens can be caught. For fishing maps and more information, please log onto http://www.fishpal.com/Ireland/Bann

    Co. Armagh

    Upper Bann River

    Some very good general coarse fishing at loughs such as Enagh Lough which is a Coarse Fishery Developed for Matches. There are 25 fishing stands which are all wheelchair accessible. Bream and tench are also present. The side of the Lough nearest the road has been developed for angling and a small car-park, hardcore path and fishing stands have been provided. The area has an abundance of inter-drumlin loughs with good stocks of coarse fish.

    Northern Ireland Coarse Fishing

    Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)

    Inland Fisheries, Causeway Exchange, 1-7 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7EG
    Tel: 0300 200 7860
    Web: www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling


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