Gilford angling club, kernan lough


                         Established 1953

                                        2014 CALENDAR 

We have included a calendar for all our members. This contains all the competitions, dates, times for 2014, so if you lose or misplace your card you can check here. Click on a competition date for more info. For those of you who don't usually enter, give it a go. This year we are introducing new competitions and re-vamping the old ones. Competitions are a great way of meeting other members and the craic and banter is always good, so check out the calender and come along. (If at 1st the calendar doesn't load up click on another page then click back again and it should appear).



As you can see we have now got our own website (when searching always use Google as your search engine) which means members can keep up-to date with all the fishing news and competitions etc. You will notice that the website is a little 'tongue-in-cheek' so we hope you have a sense of humour. The site will feature all competition news, results, fixtures and photos as well as fishing tips and reports on  hatches. 

The site is not designed as a forum for members to air their views, its primary objective is to promote the club, and provide information on competitions, events, etc.

The website is new to the club and over the next few months we will be upgrading on a regular basis to get the format right and ensure that it is a site that delivers information to it's members on what the fishing is like on the lough and the river. The website is mainly for competition use and we are currently looking at the competitions section and looking to improve on it's present format which has remained largely unchanged over the years. So all suggestions regarding new competitions and formats are most welcome as are any new sponsors


Overall July was a fairly good month although towards the end in did tail off. Bank men seemed to fair quite good overall with fish being caught on a regular basis. 
It's great to see a few 4 and 5 pounders being caught (and being put back) but I can't understand how an angler can kill a 5lb fish. Lets face it, it has taken 3 or 4 years to grow to this stage and by putting it back you are giving someone else the pleasure and thrill of catching a great fish. There are one or 2 anglers out there that will kill these fish, one angler recently caught a fish of over 5lb, dispatched it and said "That'll do the pan" what size of a feckin pan has he??  He was a pensioner and that fish would feed him and the wife for a week!! Do the decent thing, take a photo and put it back! We'll even put it on the site.

Jim Malloy caught and released a lovely 5lb rainbow and Craig Pearson caught and released a fully finned Brown of about 4 and a half pounds. I'm sure there are other good fish being caught and anglers are asked to email us on the website and let us know. If you have any photos you can send them in and we will publish

A few fish are being caught with old line and flies attached to them so please ensure your knots and line are 100% , just test your line and knots before fishing. You are all reminded that some of the fish are at the 5lb mark so your line should be at least 6lb or above. Go to for details of various knots

Boatmen are reminded to ensure their boats are 100% and their boats are numbered on both sides with at least 6" lettering. Oars and row-locks should be checked, and life-jackets worn at all times. Please ensure when parking your car and trailer they are parked in such a way as to ensure others can park ok, it can become congested on competition days so please park up tight. 


Pete Doran reports that salmon have got stuck in the pools around Portadown due to the lack of rain and the Bann is very low at present. The longer these fish lie in the pools the worst they will become. A couple of days of heavy rain will move these on and create a fresh run of salmon. There are reports of the odd Dolaghan knocking about but the rain again will help introduce more of these. July, August and early September are the main months for the Salmon run so there is still plenty of time.

Last year our neighbours at Banbridge Angling Club also reported a lack of Salmon being caught during the summer months, although Geoff Hylands did well towards the end of last season and even caught 3 in one day!!

Pete Doran will be giving reports on the river this season so any info you have pass onto him or email us yourself if you want to contribute. You are reminded that the email facility is for passing on info not for complaints.



Season, 1st March - 31st October: Methods, Fly, Spinning. (Worm October) Boats, maximum of 10. All boats on the lough, must be registered, 6 inch numbers displayed on both sides of boats and life jackets must be wornBag Limit 3 fish. Once the 3rd fish has been dispatched rod to be dismantled

                                                                                     VISITORS (Fly only)

Visitors are welcome to fish and Day tickets are available at £12 per day. You are not allowed to use the spinning method on the Kernan lake unless you are a registered member of Gilford Angling Club so it's fly fishing only. Day tickets are available from the Spar 40 Mill St Gilford Tel  02838831087 the shop is in the centre of the town and is open 7 days a week.

BOATS & INFO Only members are permitted to use boats which are all registered with the club. The lough is stocked with both Brown and Rainbow up to 5lb. Kernan Lough is approx. 28 hectares in size and at its deepest point about 18 feet. There are fishing stands' around the lough but most of these are not suitable for wading, fall off areas are quite sharp and deep. The right hand side of the lough (from the car park) is the shallowest and wading is possible at some of the stands. Catch and release is permitted and visitors are advised to use barbless hooks. Bag limit - 3 fish.

RIVER BANN. Gilford Angling Club controls the fishing from Gilford down to the bridge in Laurencetown please ensure you gain permission before crossing lands to reach the river and close all gates.

  MEMBERSHIP (Gilford-angling-club)

If you are interested in joining please contact the Club Secretary (Geoff Kane) on 07990666213
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