Clay Lake, along the Castleblaney Road, is renowned as a pike fishery with some fish exceeding 14kg. Large perch are present. Trout are occasionally caught.

Key information

Nearest town Keady
Area/length 48.6 hectares
Species pike, rudd and perch
Season all year
Methods all lawful methods, but ground bait and maggots are not permitted
Daily bag limit one pike per person/four coarse per day
Size limit pike weighing 4kg and over and coarse longer than 25cm must be returned to the water
Boats fishing from boats is not permitted
Licence DAERA Coarse Fishing Rod Licence
Permit DAERA Coarse Fishing Permit


General information

Stiles and foot sticks are provided to access the shore, much of which is stony and safe for wading. Be cautious in soft areas on the shore.


How to get there


From Armagh

On the A29, go 13km to Keady. Continue towards Castleblaney on the B3 for 2km. The lake is on the left.

From Newry

On the A25 to Newtownhamilton, continue on to the A29 to Keady. Turn left onto the B3 for 2km. The lake is on the left.




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DAERA Coarse Fishing Permit required
DAERA Coarse Fishing Rod Licence required
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