Rising on the northern slopes of the Mourne Mountains in Co. Down, the Bann flows north-east through Banbridge and Portadown to enter the water which splits this river in two. Lough Neagh. This section of the river is known as the Upper Bann. Lough Neagh is the largest still water in the British Isles with an area of 153 sq. miles. Though commercially fished, it is hardly ever fished with rod and line, the majority of anglers concentrating their efforts on the rivers and streams which flow into it. On the north side of this huge sheet of water at Toome bridge, the Upper Bann begins, continuing the river’s northerly course past Portglenone and Kilrea to enter the sea below Coleraine. The Bann is a salmon river with the main run getting under way in May and June. They are most sought in the Lower Bann though salmon run in smaller numbers into the upper river. Trout are sought in the Bann and its tributaries, as also the dollaghan, a variety of trout found only in Lough Neagh and its tributaries. The biggest Bann trout is believed to be a fish of 14 lb 5} oz taken by Sir Arthur Algeo in 1967. The river is also rich in coarse fish, including roach, rudd, bream, perch and pike. Huge bream catches have been a recent feature of the fishing with individual fish weighing more than 7 lb reported. The section of the Upper Bann between Point of Whitecoat and Lough Neagh, currently rated one of the finest coarse fisheries in Europe, is now under intensive development by the Dept of Agriculture, especially from the point of view of access. Rod Licence: FCB/G or FCB/C
Banbridge, Co. DownCTSTS?-(in certain sections) 112 miles from Lenaderg to KatesbridgeBB DT: (L40)ATS (Coburn’s, 32, Scarva Street, Banbridge)P (Anglers Rest, Corbet)(in parts)
Portadown, Co. Armagh CTST 10 miles from Point of Whitecoat to Lough Neagh. Detailed maps of access points over this extensive fishery are obtainable in the area or from the Dept of Agriculture. DT: Adistributors at Portadown RO (Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries Branch, 2-4, Queen Street, Belfast)Mar1-Oct31 (T); open all year (C)
Rathfriland. Co. DownTS9 miles from Katesbridge Bridge to HilltownBridgeBB
DT: (L 10)ATS (W. R. Trimble, Downpatrick Street, or House of David Crory Ltd, Main Street, both Rathfriland)Mar1-Oct314(in certain sections as shown on notices) e
Note: To facilitate reference, rivers which flow into Lough Neagh rather than into the Bann itself have also been listed under this heading. AGIVEY
The lower section of this river, which enters the Bann on its left bank upstream from Coleraine, is known as the Big Agivey. Higher up, the river splits to form an extra arm known as the Wee Agivey. Salmon and trout are taken in the Big Agivey with trout only being the main sport in the Wee river.
Rising near Dungannon and flowing north to Cookstown, the Ballinderry swings east to enter Lough Neagh below Coagh. It attracts some salmon and also offers trout and dollaghan. It is mostly free for visitors provided they ask farmers for permission. BLACKWATER (Co. Armagh) Rising south of Caledon, the Black-water flows north through Moy to enter Lough Neagh in Washing Bay. From the lough to Moy, it is free fishing with farmers’ permission, the best access being Ver-ner’s Bridge and Bond’s Bridge. These lower reaches offer superb coarse fishing with bream topping 6 lb and roach approaching 2 lb in catches commonly going over 100 lb. There are big pike, too, some over 30 lb. Further up river, it is preserved game fishing with some chance for visitors. Salmon run here and there are also brown trout.
Moy, Co. TyroneC5 miles from Moy to Lough Neagh Free fishing (with farmer’s permission). Main access points: Venter’s and Bond’s Bridges Open all yearfor coarse fish CLADY
Also known as Clady Water, this is a short tributary of Six Mile Water which offers trout fishing. Portglenone, Co. Antrim C (lower mile only)TS5 miles from junction with River Bann to 3rd road bridge BB DT: (L 12)AP(Wild Duck. Port Glenoneand McErleans Bar, Clady)G (Wairs Service Station, Clady Road, Portglenone)Mar 1-Oct31e
Rising near the A29 road Maghera, this short river flows east to enter the Lower Bann near Portglenone. It offers salmon and trout, some of the latter sizeable.
KELLS WATER (or Glenwherry) A tributary of the River Main, this river rises at the southern end of the Antrim Mountains to flow west to join the Main below Kells. It offers trout (including dollaghan) and some salmon.
Kells, Co. Antrim T S4 miles from Colin Bridge to Keils Bridge LB DT(not on Sat): AK (Mrs. L. Gillen, Castlegore, Moorfields)G (T. Duncan, Kells Filling Station)
Kelts, Co. AntrimTSFrom Kells Bridge to junction with Maine Free fishing Kells, Co. Antri mTS 7 miles from Kells to Battery BridgeLB DT: ATS (L Gillen, Castlegore Road, Moorfields)G (Texaco Filling Station, KeIls)Mar 1-Oct 31e LOWER BANN NAVIGATION CANAL
This is simply the navigable section of the Bann from the point where it leaves Lough Neagh at Toome northwards to Kilrea and beyond. It is now being developed for coarse fishing by the Dept of Agriculture with special emphasis on the question of access.
Toome Bridge, Co. AntrimC3 different sections at Toome, Portna and MovanagherAB DT: A(di8tributors in area) or ARO (Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries Branch, 2-4 Queen Street, Belfast)Open all year
A major tributary, the Main rises in northern Antrim to flow south to enter Lough Neagh at Randal-stown. It offers salmon and trout (including dollaghan).
Ballymena, Co. DownTSTS
From stream above corrie at
Bridgend to Galgorm Bridge
DT: ATS (McCord’s, Bridgend,
Cullybaclcey, Co. AntrimTS miles from just above Cul lybackey bridge to just above Dunminning
DT: (L12)A(Robert Getty,
Newsagent, Pottinger Street) e
Cullybackey, Co. AntrimTS miles from Cullybackey to Glaray
DT: (L12)TO (R. Getty, Pottinger
Street, Cullybackey) =Mar 1-Oct 31)
Randalstown, Co. AntrimCTS 4milesfrom Randalstown to
DT: (L 10)ATS (Randalstown)
Templepatrick, Co.AntrimTS- (untilAug31 inc)6 miles from
Antrim to DoaghBB
DT: (L25)AG (Esso Filling Station,
Rising in Co. Londonderry, the MoVola flows east past Draper-stown and through Castledawson to enter Lough Neagh close to the exit of the Lower Bann. It offers salmon, usually late runners, and trout (again including dollaghan). SIX MILE WATER Rising near Ballyclare, this river flows west to enter Lough Neagh at Antrim. It offers some salmon but is mostly fished for trout (including dollaghan). It has been stocked with rainbows.
Big Agivey. See R. Agivey.