Fishing

Upper Lough Erne offers some of the best and rarest boat and bank angling in Europe. Coolbeg’s private shore and boat (if hired at time of booking) offers guests fishing on the doorstep. Catches of pike, bream and roach can be prolific. A short drive takes you to Lough Melvin renowned for salmon, gillaroo, sonaghan and fernox trout, nearby the pristine Colebrook River has excellent fly fishing for brown trout from May to September.

Pike Fishing

The Pike on Upper Lough Erne have provided great sport for fishermen from all over the world. Normally caught on dead bait or by trolling lures, fly fishing for Pike has proved to be a great hit with fly anglers looking for sport during the closed Trout Fishing season. Although not a new method by any means, fly fishing for Pike has remained virtually unchanged for years but is now receiving the attention it deserves.

This is where fishing from a boat proves much more successful than bank fishing with access to Pike hot-spots more readily available. Any area where the water suddenly drops off to deeper levels is likely to hold good sized Pike. Pike are especially prolific in waters holding shoals of fodder fish like bream, roach, hybrids etc with mature pike eating approximately five times its own weight of fodder fish per year.

There is no closed season for Pike fishing but there is a bag limit of 2 fish per angler per day and all those over 4kg weight must be returned to the water, alive.

In october 2013 the world boat fishing with lures championship took place between national teams. Also in mid october the world pike classic is held with £15,000 prize fund attracting over 400 anglers to Loch Erne each year.

We are happy to organise fishing packages, baits or local ghillies and guides. Rod licences and fishing permits are required which we can arrange or may be purchased on line. Click here for downloadable fishing guide.

Where to fish

Lough/River
Species
Mill Lough, Bellanaleck
Rainbow and Brown Trout
Lough Keenaghan, Belleek
Brown Trout
Lough Corranny, Rosslea
Rainbow Trout
Lough Corry, Rosslea
Brown Trout
Lakes Achork, Glencreawan and Meenameen, Navar Forest, Derrygonnelly
Brown and Rainbow Trout
Ballinamallard River, Ballinamallard
Brown Trout and Occasional Salmon
Colebrooke River, Maguiresbridge
Brown Trout
Ballydoolagh Lough, Enniskillen
Roach, Perch, Pike and Eels
Killyfole Lake, Lisnaskea
Roach, Bream, Hybrids, Perch, Pike and Eels
Trory, Lough Erne, Enniskillen
Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch, Pike and Eels
Ely Lodge, Lough Erne, Enniskillen
Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch, Pike and Eels
Lough MacNean – Lower & Upper, Belcoo and Blacklion, Co. Cavan
Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch, Rudd, Pike and Eels
River Erne, Cornagrade, Enniskillen
Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch, Pike and Eels
River Erne, Sligo Road, Enniskillen
Bream, Roach, Perch, Pike, Hybrids and Eels
Upper River Erne, Bellanaleck
Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch, Pike
River Erne, Broadmeadow, Enniskillen
Bream, Roach, Perch, Pike, Hybrids and Eels
Upper River Erne Schools, Enniskillen
Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch, Pike and Eels
Belle Isle Estate, Lisbellaw
Pike, Roach and Breams (Available for Residents only)