In the Borough of Antrim & Newtownabbey, a Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Rod Licence is required by anyone aged 12 or over for all fishing. This licence is in addition to a permit to fish particular stretches of water.
Permits are available from distributors located throughout Northern Ireland and to purchase online at the link below:
Buy Angling Licences and Permits (www.nidirect.gov.uk)
Coarse fishing is available seasonally on the Six Mile Water River (from Antrim Forum Leisure Complex downstream to Lough Neagh). Coarse fishing is available all year round on the River Bann. No Sunday fishing is allowed on the Six Mile Water. A coarse fishing rod licence covers the use of two rods. Please note that on the Six Mile Water River a Game rod licence is required – this will only entitle you to use one rod. Coarse fishing is available on the Sixmilewater River and
Antrim & Newtownabbey has a choice of four rivers providing game fishing from 1 March to 31 October, with the best fishing from April.The River Maine enters Lough Neagh south of Randalstown and flows through the Shane’s Castle Demesne. The Six Mile Water River is a highly productive trout river and enters Lough Neagh at Antrim town. No Sunday fishing is allowed.
The Crumlin River flows west of Crumlin through Crumlin Glen to enter Lough Neagh. Angling stands are available in Crumlin Glen for improved accessibility.
The Lower Bann provides for game angling from the sluice gates at Toome downstream. All of the rivers hold excellent stocks of wild brown trout with salmon and dollaghan - the famous Lough Neagh migratory trout - entering these rivers from early August and providing excellent sport until the end of the season.
Potterswall Reservoir also provides excellent game fishing
Trout fishing is available outside Ballynure.
30 Clonkeen Road, Randalstown, BT41 3JL
115 Staffordstown Road, Randalstown, BT41 3LH
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
T: 028 9034 0065
E: [email protected]
21 Castletown Road, Ballynure, BT39 9PU
42 Breckenhill Road, Doagh, BT39 0TB