Angling events and programmes

This page provides the latest Departmental angling news, events, competitions and other activities taking place in Northern Ireland.

International Year of the Salmon event at Exploris, Portaferry

Visit Exploris Aquarium on Wednesday 30 October from 10:00-17:00 and celebrate our first event day for the International Year of the Salmon. Come meet Scientists and Staff from DAERA and learn all about the life history of the salmon, what they eat and and why scientists are working so hard to preserve this well known species.

With activity packs and colouring in help us create our own “Salmon Shoal” and tell us why salmon are important to you.

Normal admission charges apply – pre-book online for discount | Last admission 4pm

Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival

The Irish Game Fair & Fine Food Festival is taking place at Shanes Castle, Antrim on 29 and 30 June 2019. Licence/Permit holders can use the following link to download a discount voucher if you are planning to attend:

Quoile South and Quoile North Reservoirs, Broughshane, Co Antrim

A number of new waters are being added to the DAERA Public Angling Estate and information on these new waters will be rolled out on the Angling website in coming weeks. These fisheries will be jointly managed with local angling clubs and day tickets will be available, to DAERA Season Permit holders, at reduced rates. These fisheries include Dunalis Reservoir near Coleraine, Boomers Dam in Lisburn, Lough Islandreavy in the Mournes and Creighton’s Green near Belfast. Enquiries, in relation to these additional waters, can be sent to or asked by telephone on 0300 200 7860.

Facilities at the Quolie reservoirs, close to Broughshane in County Antrim will be open on specified days throughout the season and it has just been announced that day tickets will be available on the following days this season:

  • Saturday 27 May
  • Saturday 24 June
  • Saturday 19 August
  • Saturday 23 September

Six day tickets are reserved available to DAERA Season Permit holders for £10.00,from McNeill’s Hardware Shop in Broughshane.”

Calling all junior anglers - Fish and Film competition!!

Spread the word about fishing by taking film footage of your next fishing adventure and telling the world what fishing means to you!

Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched a Fish & Film competition to encourage young people to spread the word about fishing. Junior fishing clubs, youth clubs, projects and centres are invited to apply to the competition by taking filming footage of their fishing adventures and promoting it online.

For more information visit the Fisheries Ireland website

The closing date for applications to Fish & Film is Friday 14th July 2017.

Go Fishing - Altnahinch

DAERA Inland Fisheries is delighted to announce that a special ‘Go Fishing’ event will be held at Altnahinch Dam on Saturday 5th August 2017. This event, which has been very successful in previous years, is aimed at anyone who would like to try fishing for the first time. Inland Fisheries is offering this opportunity to experience angling as a healthy, affordable and accessible outdoor sport. Many family groups and individuals have enjoyed this activity day, set in the scenic hills above Loughguille, Co Antrim, in past years and the Inland Fisheries team is happy to talk to those who might be interested in attending. Tuition and equipment will be available on the day.

In addition to this fun day out, complimentary angling licences and permits can be made available for first time anglers. Inland Fisheries representatives will be in attendance to offer advice on fishing and the attractions of the Department’s Public Angling Estate which offers over 70 waters across Northern Ireland including Altnahinch.

Further information can be obtained by e-mail at or by telephone on 0300 200 7860.

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