The fishery is close to Belfast city centre. It stretches for close to one km from Shaw’s Bridge to below Red Bridge. There are several good fly fishery stretches.

Key information

Nearest town Belfast
Area/length one km (from 150m upstream of Red Bridge to Shaw’s Bridge)
Species salmon and brown trout
Season 1 March to 31 October
Methods fly fishing, spinning and worm fishing
Daily bag limit four trout per rod per day, there is a catch and release policy for all salmon

Size limit minimum takeable size 25.4cm
Licence DAERA Game Fishing Rod Licence
Permit DAERA Game Fishing Permit
Facilities for people with disabilities see below


Facilities for people with disabilities

There is a fishing stand just downstream of a canoe slalom course at Shaw’s Bridge which is accessible to those with slight or moderate difficulty walking.


Wild salmon and trout fishery

The river below Red Bridge is deep and slow flowing, with fishing points available all along the old tow-path on the West bank from Red Bridge, downstream to Stranmillis Weir and beyond. Access has been improved as far as the Queen’s Bridge.

Anglers can fish downstream from Red bridge and upstream of Shaw’s Bridge from the towpath. This section is mainly a coarse fishery (River Lagan Stranmillis Stretch).


How to get there

Shaw’s Bridge is on the Belfast ring road between Newtownbreda (Forestside Shopping Centre) and Malone Road. The Red Bridge is a short distance downstream. This wild brown trout fishery extends from Shaw’s Bridge to 150m below the Red Bridge.

The Stranmillis Weir is reached from Lockview Road or Sharman Road off Stranmillis Road.




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