Straid Lake


21 Castletown Rd, Ballyclare BT39 9PU, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

Straid Lake is Co. Antrim’s largest privately run fishery, offering three different lakes to cater to a variety of anglers. The Main 20 Acre Fly Fishing Lake, with a fleet of 12 boats and 1000m of accessible bank angling, holds rainbow trout into double figures and is available for season ticket holders only. There’s also the 2 Acre Discover Lake, reserved for families (1 adult per 2 under 12’s) and aimed at providing family fishing fun with any method of fishing. This lake is available for day tickets in advance only. Finally, the Horsetail Retreat Carp & Tench Lake is a specialist lake, holding double figure carp. It’s a members-only facility for bait angling, but prebooked fly sessions are available.

What size do the fish go to?

The Main Fly Fishing Lake holds rainbow trout into double figures, and the Horsetail Retreat Carp & Tench Lake holds double figure carp, indicating that both lakes house substantial fish sizes.

What tactics work well?

Each of the three lakes at Straid Fishery caters to different fishing methods. The Main Fly Fishing Lake is designed for fly fishing, the Discover Lake accommodates any method of fishing, and the Horsetail Retreat Carp & Tench Lake caters to bait angling and prebooked fly sessions.

What facilities are on site?

Straid Fishery offers clean and comfortable facilities. Banks and paths have been cleared to allow easy access to the lake’s margins, and staff can transport anglers with restricted mobility to their choice of fishing stand. There’s also a newly modernised tearoom where tea, coffee, and snacks are available, and anglers can browse fishing books and magazines. Refurbished ladies and gents toilets are available 30 yds from the tearoom.

Is parking available?

The information provided doesn’t specify details about parking. However, given the comprehensive facilities on site, it’s likely that parking is available. Please check with the fishery for specific details.

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