Angling on the Erne System
The Lough is a mixed coarse and game fishery.
The game angling, in the main, takes place on the Lower Lough although trout are found throughout the system. The Lower Lough is a large expanse of water, over 15 miles long with numerous islands and bays. These provide vast areas of shallow water and rocky shores making for ideal fishing grounds. Although a limited number of salmon run the Lough wild brown trout are the quarry and the Lough holds an excellent head of fish.
The Coarse angler will find some of the finest fishing available in Europe, with bream, roach and hybrids in abundance as well as perch and tench. Add to this pike fishing that is second to none - whether seeking to catch them on fly or in a more traditional manner and the region offers all anglers wonderful opportunities.
There is no close season for the coarse fisherman.
The fishery is managed by DCAL Inland fisheries who also provide information about the fishing, permits and licenses.
NOTICE TO ANGLERS
On the Erne System Waterways Ireland manages the navigation, implements the navigation bye-laws and provides public mooring jetties and slipways at various locations on both the Upper and Lower Loughs.
It is important for anglers to be aware that, whilst they may fish from Waterways Ireland jetties, these facilities are provided primarily for the safe mooring of watercraft. For this reason anglers are reminded that watercraft must have priority at these facilities and should not be hampered in any way by the presence of rods and line when arriving at or departing from jetties.
Public fishing stands are provided exclusively for anglers by the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure Inland Fisheries throughout Lough Erne.
Organisers of angling competitions who plan to use Waterways Ireland facilities must obtain the prior approval of Waterways Ireland.
The Lough Erne Warden is happy to answer questions and provide local information on Waterways Ireland facilities, the bye-laws and applying to hold events on the Erne System.
Waterways Ireland produces a number of publications on the waterways including, charts and guides to the navigations, activity and events guides as well as corporate publications. These are available by contacting the Marketing and Communications Division at the address below.
Lough Erne Warden,
Tel no +44 (0)28 6632 2836
Marketing and Communications
2 Sligo Road
Tel no +44 (0)28 66346200