Castlewellan Lake


Castlewellan, UK

Fishery Information:

Castlewellan Lake is a popular fishery located in the Castlewellan Forest Park, a stunning natural landscape that offers more than just angling opportunities. The lake, which is 41.6 hectares in size, is regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout. The fishing season runs from 1 March to 31 October.

What size do the fish go to?

The minimum takeable size for trout in Castlewellan Lake is 25.4cm. This suggests that the lake is populated with reasonably sized fish.

What tactics work well?

Fly fishing, spinning, and worm fishing are all effective methods for shore angling. If you’re fishing from a boat, only fly fishing is allowed. Your chosen tactics should be based on your own angling experience, the conditions of the day, and the behaviour of the fish.

What facilities are on site?

Facilities for people with disabilities include a tarmac car park beside the water and a quarry dust surfaced path around the lake. Wheelchair access to the water’s edge is possible near the castle between the slipway and the boat jetty. Additionally, limited keys for the car park are available for allowing car access around the lake.

Is parking available?

Yes, a car park is available for all visitors. It is located within the Castlewellan Forest Park, close to the lake.

Additional Information:

Fishing is allowed from non-mechanical and electrically powered boats at Castlewellan Lake. Both a DAERA game rod licence and a DAERA game angling permit are required to fish at this location. Beyond fishing, Castlewellan Forest Park offers a range of facilities and activities, including a cafeteria, caravan, camping and barbecue facilities, and various scenic walks. Visitors can also explore the Arboretum and the Annesley Garden.

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