Temple Springs Fishery
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Temple Springs Fishery is a facility to cater for learning or occasional anglers. We cater for youth groups, parties, families, corporate events. Our spring fed lakes are located in the Sperrin Mountain range just outside Garvagh, an old market town 12 miles south of Coleraine and the Triangle.
The two lakes are extended lint dams from the 1800s and are fed by the historic Tober Aine (Annie's Well). The springs are reputed for their healing powers and used in the '60s to supply Garvagh and Kilrea with water. The surrounding flora and fauna is wild and unspoilt providing an abundance of insect life for the fish and a visual feast for the anglers. The views are stunning and stretch from Garvagh Forest to Corky mountain and Slemish in the East. Temple Springs is a facility that can be hired by groups of up to 12 anglers and 4 supervisors. An induction can be given if required.
The unique purpose of Temple Springs Fishery is to cater for people who would like to benefit from a fishing experience but find it difficult to get started or find the larger fisheries intimidating. When you come to us you will have the place to yourself, all tackle and bait will be supplied. The lakes are small and reasonably shallow and safe. There is a fishing lodge with toilets, kitchen, lounge and even accommodation that one day is just not enough. Whether you come as a family, youth group, corporate group or a group of friends, we aim to get your fishing experience off to the best possible start.
There are two lakes, the upper lake is ½ acre and the lower lake is slightly larger, they are best suited to a float and bait method of fishing which is a good starting point. As the lakes are small the fishing stands are in close proximity of each other allowing plenty of banter between anglers and a competitive vibe usually develops. Remembering that your group will have the whole place to yourselves you can set the pace.
The lakes are stocked to capacity for each visit. We use triploid rainbow trout which keep their condition year round and weigh in between 1 and 3 lbs. Catch and release is encouraged although a down side of bait fishing means that most fish will be deeply hooked. Fish should be dispatched swiftly using suitable methods provided at the lake side.
The tackle provided comprises of a rod, reel, bait, line and floats to each angler. Nets priest and some seating is provided at the lakeside. There are also some fly fishing kits if anyone wants to give it a try. If your party are fishing novices and would like an hour's induction to get started, we are very lucky to have the services of Bert Atkins, a top national and international angler who has agreed to provide this service for us.