April 13, 2015

Our Waters

Seagahan Dam

Seagahan Dam is 70 acres in size and can be found by taking the B31 Newtownhamilton Road from Armagh, turn left at the chapel and follow the signs for Seagahan Dam. Seagahan Dam is a public reservoir and is confined to fly fishing only.
Seagahan is a beautiful water surrounded by forested areas and lush farmland. The lake fishes well throughout the season and is stocked in early spring and summer with hard fighting rainbow trout and brown trout fry which grow on to wild beautifully marked fish. In march a hatch of duckfly sees good early season fishing for the over wintered rainbow trout and the resident brown trout. Summer sees anglers using buzzers, nymphs and sedges to tempt rising trout which can be caught throughout the day however evening fishing can often produce fish over 3-4lb in weight.
Boats are available at the club hatchery for hire to use on Seagahan by members only.
Shore fishing is widely available however in the early part of the season if the water level is high trees and shrubs can be problematic in certain areas. As with all waters wading should be undertaken with caution as some areas shelve off quickly and can be muddy underfoot.

A rod licence from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure as well as a valid Armagh Angling Club permit / day ticket is required.
6 fish bag limit of trout 12 inches or more from club waters is strictly enforced. A 3 fish bag limit is enforced for day ticket anglers.

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Lowry’s Lake

Lowrys Lake lies 2 miles outside Armagh on the A51 Hamiltonsbawn road. It is a beautiful 28 acre lake which offers excellent fishing for brown and rainbow trout.
The shore fishing is excellent and the access is generally good however wading is not advisable on the east side of the lake because of the deep water and sudden drop offs. Wading, though is permitted on the lake is not always necessary as the fish in Lowry’s Lake feed close to the shore and can be easily covered with flies.
Stocking takes place in the late Spring and early Summer, weather and water temperature dependant. The lake regularly produces both brown and rainbow in excess of 6lb every season. 2010 seen a brown trout of over 8 lb caught and released.
Lowry’s fishes well throughout the season although May and June are reputed to be the best months with trout rising to the hatching buzzers especially in the late evening.
Early season will see excellent fishing to anglers using sinking lines, gold head hares ears and a wide variety of lures. From April onwards many anglers change to floating lines, nymphs, buzzers and dry flies with often brilliant catches being reported. Car parking on the Hamiltonsbawn Road is limited to about 8 – 10 cars in lay bys close to the lake entrance. A car park can be found by driving from the lake back along the A51 and taking the first road on the left past the lake called the Drumbee More Road, continue on this narrow road about a quarter of a mile and take the first turn on the left before the farm. This narrow country road will take you down to the car park at the bottom of the lake on the left hand side though the gate.
Fly fishing only is permitted unless a concession has been granted from the present committee. Boats are available for members only. A rod licence from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure as well as a valid Armagh Angling Club permit / day ticket is required.
6 fish bag limit of trout 12 inches or more from club waters is strictly enforced. A 3 fish bag limit is enforced for day ticket anglers.

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Shaw’s Lake

Shaw’s lake is a 40 acre water which can be found by taking the A28 Newry Road from Armagh at Markethill, take the B134 Glenanne Road through Mowhan Village and Shaws Lake is five miles beyond Mowhan on the right handside the car park will be immediately visible.
The lake contains brown trout, rainbow trout and perch. Shaws is fly fishing only. Around 70% of the lake can be fished comfortably from the shore. Care should be exercised on the north west shore around what is called the quarry side as access is less open here and wading should be undertaken with great care. Shaw’s Lake is well known for good hatches of buzzers at the edge of darkness and fishing with a floating line and small green and black buzzers will usually result in a fish or two.
Anglers fishing with gold heads, fritz patterns and leaded nymphs can enjoy good sport early in the season. The perch can at times become a nuisance however the perch fry are a significant food item for the wild Brown Trout in the later part of the season. A rod licence from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure as well as a valid Armagh Angling Club permit / day ticket is required.
6 fish bag limit of trout 12 inches or more from club waters is strictly enforced. A 3 fish bag limit is enforced for day ticket anglers.

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Keady Lakes

Tullynawood, Darkley and Aughnagurgan lakes are all located in the Keady area of Armagh and are all under the control of Armagh Angling Club. Tullynawood is a large lake that can be found just outside Darkley Village. This lake is partly owned by Armagh Angling Club, the remainder is leased and as a club we have the fishing rights all around the lake.
Darkley Lake is a smaller shallower lake within walking distance of Tullynawood. The club owns Darkley Lake and has the sole fishing rights to this lake. Aughnagurgan Lake can be found by taking the A29 Newtownhamilton Road from Keady. It is a small lake which the club has leased for many years.
At this present time the club are not actively involved in developing these lakes however limited stocking has taken place in recent years and trout can still be caught for anglers who put in the time to get to know the water. The club would like to see these lakes back to their full potential again in the future. All Club rules and valid licence requirements apply to the Keady lakes.