Angling in the Carrickfergus area

The area surrounding Carrickfergus is a freshwater fisherman’s paradise. Seven of the best reservoirs in Northern Ireland lie within the Borough and they hold a rich harvest of brown and rainbow trout.
Sea fishing is available off the rocks and piers at Carrickfergus and Whitehead.

Fishing permits are available from:

Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre
T: 028 9335 8241
F: 028 9335 8287

C.F. Beattie (Gunsmith)
39 Main Street, Ballycarry
T: 028 9335 3462

NIDirect Government Services
T: 028 9025 8870

Woodford Fly Fishery
12c Woodburn Road, Carrickfergus
T: 028 9336 0225

Angling Clubs:
Woodburn Angling Club, Mr McConnell
T: 028 9336 9016

Angling on Lough Mourne:

This is in a forest setting and is the largest of the Woodburn waters. There are some large trout in this water, and there are also good perch fishing opportunities.

Wading is permitted but visitors should be careful if they're wading when the water is at high levels.

Previous test netting indicated that there is a good stock of overwintered brown trout in the lough in excellent condition averaging in weight from 0.5 to 1kg.

Anglers must use the official entrances. Do not trespass on adjoining lands or obstruct roads or gate entrances with parked cars.

Key information about Lough Mourne:

Nearest Town Carrickfergus
Area/Length 51 hectares
Species Brown Trout
Season 1 March to 31 October
Methods Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing
Daily Bag Limit four trout per rod per day
Size Limit minimum takeable size 25.4cm
Boats fishing from boats is not permitted
Licence DAERA Game Fishing Rod Licence
Permit DAERA Game Fishing Permit
Other restrictions Angling is not permitted before 8am or later than 10pm