Holiday Activities in County Down

Fishing in South Down

If you are visiting South Down to fish in the many loughs, lakes and rivers as well as sea fishing then stay at Oakleigh House B&B near Newcastle. A comfortable night's sleep and a hearty breakfast will set you on your way for an enjoyable day.

Shimna River

A few places to fish

  • Ballylough Lake, Annsborough...fly fishing only.
  • Castlewellan Lake, Castlewellan Forest Park...brown and rainbow trout.
  • Donaghaguy Reservoir and Mill Dam, Warrenpoint... brown and rainbow trout.
  • Lough Island Reavy Club Water, Castlewellan...brown trout, pike and perch.
  • Moneycarragh River, Dundrum.....sea trout and salmon in season.
  • Quoile Basin, Downpatrick.....pike, perch, rudd, eels and brown trout.
  • Shimna River, Newcastle.....salmon and sea trout.

Rod License and Fishing Permits

  • Forest Office: Castlewellan Forest Park....028 4377 8664
  • Four Seasons, Main Street, Newcastle....028 43725078
  • Downpatrick Tourist Information Centre, 53 Market Street Downpatrick.....0284461 2233

Boat Fishing