Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival

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Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival

The Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is normally held annually in Enniskillen on the shores of Lough Erne. The festival first took place in 1976 and forty-six years later it is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious events in the angling calendar.  

Whether you’re a keen angler, a tourist or simply curious, you can find out more below in our overview of the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival.   

Quick facts about the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival

Every year over 200 anglers from the UK and across Europe make their way to County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland for the three-day Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival.

The overall winner of the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival receives a crystal chalice and a cash prize of £5000 that goes with it. Daily winners can net £1000. Smaller cash prizes are given for individual events and there are also opportunities throughout the festival to win sponsor vouchers or other prizes.

The biggest total catch weight listed in Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival online records was from the 1978 festival where Kevin Ashurst from Leigh caught a total of 151.023 kgs. The smallest winning catch weight comes from the 2018 festival where Tony Hopkins from Lough Gowna caught 36.24 kgs.

Where does the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival take place?

The Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is held in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on the shores of Lough Erne and its surrounding waterways, from Boa Island on the Lower Lough to Corradillar on the Upper Lough.

Lough Erne itself is a popular and globally renowned fishing and watersports destination with over 300 square miles of water. It consists of two connected lakes (Upper Lough and Lower Lough) formed from widened sections of the River Erne and is the second-biggest lake system in Northern Ireland.

Enniskillen is situated on the riverside between the two lakes, making it an ideal base for those taking part in activities and events on the water.

When will the next Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival be held?

The next Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is provisionally scheduled to take place 9-13 May 2022. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related restrictions, the 2020 and 2021 festivals were both canceled.

When did the last Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival take place?

The Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival was last held in May 2019. The 2019 festival’s overall winner was local angler James O’Doherty from Enniskillen with a total weekly catch of 71.87 kgs.

Who organizes and sponsors the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival?

The Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is both organized and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, with assistance from the Inland Fisheries Division at the Department of Agriculture, Environment, and Rural Affairs. The festival has been sponsored by Waterways Ireland since 2003. Other past sponsors include Daiwa Sports, one of the biggest global fishing equipment specialists.

Want to know more about the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival?

Online or in person, why not explore the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival for yourself? You can keep up to date with latest Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival news via the official festival website

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