An anglers paradise…..
Loughgall Country Park is nothing if not an angler’s paradise. The well stocked 37-acre ‘Lough’ – the dominant feature of the Park overall – is certainly proving to be a magnetic attraction for fishermen from near and far.
With 100 fishing stands now fully operational – there are facilities for the disabled included, of course – it means that the ‘Lough’ has more than adequate accommodation for those from the angling fraternity wishing to indulge in their passion.
Funding for 70 of the 100 stands was received from DCAL through the Eu programme for Peace and Reconcilliation in Northern Ireland measure 1.2(A). The funding also help to upgrade the access roads and create new boardwalk access. Nesting pontoons were also provided on the lake for birds.
The lake waters tend to vary in depth from summer to winter through rainfall affecting small feeder streams. But there is one significant constant – fish stocking is carried out to ensure that the overall quality of fishing is maintained at a high level.
And it’s hardly surprising that regular competitions are organised by Angling clubs for both coarse matches and pike fishing. The venue is used as part of the Blackwater Open which attracts the top match anglers for what is a major two-day Competition. Lough Muckno in Castlebalyney is the other venue used in this cross-border competition which is aided through European Funding from the Blackwater Regional Partnership.
Given that the natural fish species in the Lough include roach, perch, tench and eels as well as carp and bream along with pike of course it is easy to understand why anglers flock to Loughgall to cast their lines.
A Coarse Fishing rod licence must be produced before a daily or yearly ticket can be purchased. There are adult and junior rates. Licences can be purchased at the Country Park Shop. See Pricing Page for details.