The banks are ideal for shore fishing. The bay at the head of the reservoir can be quite sheltered and has a deep channel easily covered from the western shore. Typical of an upland lake, it fishes well using small attractor wet fly patterns such as the Bibio and Peter Ross. This is a public water supply and care should be taken to prevent pollution.
Altnahinch Reservoir, at the head of the River Bush, is situated in an exposed area of peaty moorland. Most of the surrounding area is forest. The banks are fairly solid and ideal for shore fishing.

The presence of Zebra Mussels is still preventing the stocking of fish from Movanagher Fish Farm. For more information, click here.

Key information 

Fishery Type Game
Species Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
Season Open 1st March
Season Close 31st October
Rod Licence 12 years old and over DAERA Game Rod Licence
Permit 12 years old and over DAERA Game Fishing Permit
Fishing methods Fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing
Bag Limit 4 stocked trout per day, minimum length 25.4cm

 Buy a DAERA Licence, Permit or Day Ticket

Car Parking Onsite Yes
Disabled Car Parking Onsite No
Fishing Stands Yes
Disabled accessible fishing stands No
Boats Allowed No
Boat Restrictions N/A

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From Ballymena (14.60 miles) Take the A43 (Glenariff Road) to Martinstown. Turn left at the crossroads, fork right after 0.93 miles to Newtown Crommelin. Turn right then left at the staggered crossroads and continue for 2.48 miles. Turn left onto the Altnahinch Road. The reservoir is on the right, 1.98 miles from the junction.
From Ballymoney (13.23 miles) Take the B16 through Kilraughts. At the end of the road turn left onto the A44. Take the third right into the Fivey Rd and continue to the “T” junction at Magherahoney. Turn right onto Coolkeeran Road. (Signposted six miles to Altnahinch Dam) Turn left into Glenbush Road. After a short distance turn right into Altnahinch Road. The reservoir car park is on the left 3.47 miles from the junction.
Local Council Area Causeway Coast & Glens Council
Nearest Town Ballymoney
Water Type Lake
Water Area / Size 18 Hectacres


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