This particular body of water located in lowland area is naturally highly productive. Recently stocked trout quickly switch to natural feeding and start to gain weight. During the early season, sinking lines and attractor fly patterns can be effective for fishing.
The steep bank on the south side is not suitable for wading, but there are fishing stands available on the west side. Anglers can access the area via a dedicated path. The official entrance is off the Ballycreen Road, and it is important that motorists do not obstruct the road or block farm entrances with their parked cars.

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
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 Only
Bag Limit Four Stocked Trout per day, minimum length 25.4cm

 Buy a DAERA Licence, Permit or Day Ticket

Car Parking Onsite No
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 Ballynahinch.  Take the A49 and B177 towards Hillsborough. Go right 1.24 miles out at the staggered crossroads. The entrance is 2.23 miles on the left.
From Belfast.  Take the M1 and leave at the Lisburn/Saintfield junction. Take the A49 towards Ballynahinch for 4.22 miles to Baillies Mill. Turn right at the crossroads. Turn left at the T-junction at the end of the road. The entrance is a further 1.49 miles on the right. 
Local Council Area Lisburn & Castlereagh
Nearest populated area Ballynahinch
Water Type Lake
Water Area / Size 21 Hectacres



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