Angling and fishing

Kernan Lough

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Kernan Lough Road, Banbridge, Co Down,

Kernan Lough lies hidden amidst the rolling drumlins of the County Down countryside. The Lough, ...

Kernan Lough lies hidden amidst the rolling drumlins of the County Down countryside. The lough is approx. 28 hectares in size, and at its deepest point about 18 feet.
It is stocked each year with both Brown and Rainbow up to 5lb by Gilford Angling Club, and the heaviest fish caught each season is usually around 6Ib. Flys such as Hare's Ears are good throughout the season. Lures such as Viva, Mallard and Claret are good in the early and late season. Most wet and dry flys provide good fishing. For the disabled, fishing stands have been erected with easy ramp access from the car park (which has designated disabled parking). Most of the stands are not suitable for wading, as fall off areas are quite sharp and deep.
The right hand side of the lough (from the car park) is the shallowest and wading is possible at some of the stands. Fishermen are invited to use fly-fishing and spinning methods to reach the three fish per rod per day limit. There are no other restrictions but only registered members of Gilford Angling Club can use boats.


Season: 1st March - 31st October; Methods: Fly, Spinning (Worm, October); Boats: Maximum of 10. All boats on the lough must be registered, 6 inch numbers displayed on both sides of boats and life jackets must be worn; Bag Limit: 3 fish. Once the 3rd fish has been dispatched, rod to be dismantled.

VISITORS (Fly only)

Visitors are welcome to fish and Day tickets are available at £12 per day. You are not allowed to use the spinning method on the Kernan Lake unless you are a registered member of Gilford Angling Club. Day tickets are available from the Spar, 40 Mill St, Gilford, Tel 028 3883 1087. The shop is in the centre of the town.
Catch and release is permitted and visitors are advised to use barbless hooks. Bag limit: 3 fish.
BOATS. Only members are permitted to use boats which are all registered with the club.
RIVER BANN. Gilford Angling Club controls the fishing from Gilford down to the bridge in Laurencetown. Please ensure you gain permission before crossing lands to reach the river, and close all gates.

MEMBERSHIP (Gilford Angling Club). If you are interested in joining, please visit the contacts page on our website and send us your details which will be passed on to the Club Secretary.
Keep up to date regarding the stocking of the lough at our website