Malin Head (the most northerly point on mainland Ireland) has several outcrops on the northern shore, offering fishing for pollack, coalfish, wrasse, and occasional conger. The name may seem familiar as Malin is a sea area mentioned in radio shipping forecasts.
As the R242 road winds its way around the headland, it affords spectacular views of the sea, sometimes several hundred feet below. Much of the Head is inaccessible to anglers but the pier on the northeastern side affords access to deep water at high tide with spinning, float fishing and bottom fishing all possible. There are also several rocky outcrops, which can be accessed on the northern side of the Head, but these should only be approached in dry settled weather and never in northerly winds which can push dangerous waves onto the shore. Fishing in the area produces pollack to over 3.5kg, and ballan wrasse to over 2.25kg. Other possible species are coalfish, conger and dogfish.
Glengad Head offers spinning for pollack and mackerel and float fishing for wrasse and coalfish, with bottom fishing from rocky vantage points yielding conger, dogfish and rockling.
Bunagee Pier and adjacent rocks offers spinning for pollack and mackerel (in season) and occasional sea trout. Float fishing for coalfish, wrasse and mullet is also possible at Bunagee.
Culdaff Bay offers beach fishing (night tides best) for dogfish, turbot, dabs, flounder, sea trout and occasional bass. Catches of twenty flatfish on a tide are not uncommon and the baits which bring best results are sandeel, mackerel strip and lugworm. Conger to almost 20kg have been caught from Bunagee Pier at the western side of Culdaff Bay, while the rocks to the north of the pier yield mackerel, pollack, coalfish and occasional codling. There is rock fishing east of the beach for pollack, coalfish and wrasse.
Kinnagoe Bay provides excellent whale watching opportunities on occasions. Kinnagoe offers rock fishing at either end of the bay for pollack and wrasse and beach fishing for flounder, dabs, plaice and occasional sole, bass and sea trout. There are dogfish and spurdog in autumn.
Moville Pier offers mackerel and mullet in summer, mainly on float fishing, with bottom fishing for conger. The Pilot Pier in Moville offers spinning for mackerel in summer, bottom fishing for flounder, dab, dogfish and occasional ray, garfish and mullet on float fishing. Greencastle is a busy commercial fishing port and is also the landing stage for the ferry that plies across the mouth of the Lough, connecting with Magilligan. Pier fishing yields conger mainly bottom fishing at night - while float fishing produces a wide range of species including, wrasse, coalfish, mackerel and mullet in summer. There is a slipway in the harbour where small boats can be launched on most stages of the tide.
In summer, mackerel shoals enter the Lough and during these periods tope will occasionally be found there. Fishing is usually carried out from an anchored boat, but caution should be exercised at all times as shipping has right of way in the buoyed channel.
At Tremone Bay the shore fishing is similar to Kinnagoe but rock fishing is confined to the western end of the bay for pollack, coalfish and wrasse. When the surf is up, beach fishing can be productive over the sandy patches for flounder, dab, plaice and occasional bass and sea trout.
Inside the narrows between Greencastle and Magilligan Point, the Lough is comparatively shallow with depths seldom exceeding 18 metres at low tide. Bottom fishing over a mixture of sand, shingle and mud will yield dogfish, Ray, flounder, dab and occasional plaice.
Longfield Bank (Donnybrewer Road) close to the City of Derry Airport offers float fishing for mullet in summer occasional bottom feeding bass and sea trout. Flounder, mackerel and dabs are common and make up the greater part of the catch along any of the marks along this shore.
Benone Strand offers seasonal bass, flounder, dogfish, dab, mullet and turbot.
Tip: Take care fishing from rocky outcrops - check tide and weather and beware particularly in wet weather and in a north wind that can push waves onto the shore. Take care of tide encroaching across mudflats when fishing Lough Foyle and beware of occasional big waves, especially at Benone/Downhill.