Despite changing conditions, spring salmon fishing on Carrowmore Lake has remained good for the past two weeks with a number of double-figure fish being reported. Successful anglers included Eamon Giblin, M.Noone, G.Carolan and Brendan & Stephen Corr. Brendan Burke was particularly delighted as he had his first lake salmon ever! Successful flies were Black Dabbler, Green Peter, Carrowmore Pink and Clan Chief.
Please note that Carrowmore Lake is a Brown Tag Fishery this year! For fishing on Carrowmore Lake contact Seamus Henry on +353 (0)97 83487 or visit www.bangorerrisangling.com.
The River Bonet produced a number of fine spring salmon over the past few weeks. One of the most productive spots was Alan's Pool near Dromahair.
Amongst the successful anglers were Dromahair anglers Sean McGoldrick with two fish weighing 9.5 lbs and 10.5 lbs., Jason Cunningham with two fish at 8 lbs. and 7.5 lbs., Michael McGowan with an 8.5 lbs and Stephen Feehily who landed a seven pounder. All fish were caught spinning.
The trout season on Lough Doon opened with some nice catches. Nigel Hannon, Dromahair, caught a fine 1.5 lbs trout on a Duckfly. A Duckfly imitation also did the job for Declan Kelly from Dromahair. Declan caught and released a 1.2 lbs. trout. Visiting angler, Joe Whoriskey, Northern Ireland, did very well on Lough Doon catching 5 trout with a total weight of 4 lbs, heaviest fish 1.5 lbs. A Blae & Black did the trick for Joe who released all his fish.
Lough Arrow Fish Preservation Association & District Anglers held the Mayfly Inn Cup last week. Conditions looked promising at the start of the competition but as the day progressed, anglers realised that the cold weather still impacted on fly life and hatches. Despite these challenging conditions, the 25 competitors reported a total of 13 fish for the day.
The winner of The Mayfly Inn Perpetual Cup was Paddy Carr with a fish weighing 2.722 lbs. Other results were as follows:
2nd Gavin Cogan 2.548 lbs
3rd Adrian Murphy 1.926 lbs
4th Karl Murrin 1.88 lbs
5th Thomas Walsh 1.618 lbs
6th JJ McDermottroe 1.604 lbs
7th Colin Harte 1.542 lbs
8th Paul Colreavy 1.466 lbs
9th Jonathan Frazer 1.338 lbs
10th Sean Carty 0.936 lbs
Declan Gibbons reports from Lough Corrib:
On Sunday last, Ennis Anglers fished a competition out of Greenfields on Lough Corrib. A total of 16 anglers participated in the event catching 8 trout. Results were as follows:
1st Basil Sheilds with 3 trout for 5.6 lbs.
2nd Brian McInerney with 2 trout for 4.6 lbs.
3rd Christy Scanlon with 1 trout 1.14 lbs.
On Saturday & Sunday last, Oughterard Regatta hosted their team competition out of Baurisheen Bay. Top Rods were Harold O'Toole & John Reidy, both Galway, with 11 trout over the two days with a weight of 9.98 kg. Second place went to local duo Kevin Molloy & Mike Faherty also with 11 trout with a weight of 9.30 kg. Third place went to Moycullen angler Mike Keady & Cornamona angler Tom Doc Sullivan with 6 fish for 6.15kg. Thirty-eight anglers participated in the event which saw a total catch of 74 fish.
Staying in the Oughterard area, Basil Sheilds of Ardnasillagh Lodge reported excellent Duckfly fishing in the area. On Wednesday last, Peter Boyle caught and released four trout, best fish at 3.5 lbs., while Robert Crichton, Cork, had four trout for his day's fishing. Visiting Scottish angler, John Jacks, and Larry Kelly, Dublin, enjoyed an excellent week's fishing, catching a total of 24 trout with all fish released and with two fish over 4 lbs. and two more over 5 lbs. Belfast anglers, Mark Patterson & John Malcom, had great sport boating 11 trout for two days with all fish sportingly released. On Saturday last Basil was guiding Jeremy Herrman from the UK who experienced a red letter day catching 9 trout for an estimated 28.5 lbs. Regular Lough Corrib visitor, Glen O Connell, had three trout for his days fishing estimated at 6 lbs.
Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge, Glencorrib also reported a fantastic start of the new season with 61 fish being recorded since March 20th. On March 21st, one of Larry's regular visitors, Jeremy, had 12 trout including two over 5 lbs. Only ten days later he caught a whopper of 6 lbs. which was returned after a quick photo. To make things perfect, Larry added another six pounder to his 2016 catch list while fishing with visiting angler, Malcom Patrick.
Duckfly hatches have started to slow down in some areas but as they do, Olives are starting to appear which should provide good opportunities for the coming weeks.
6 lbs. Corrib beauty on a Duckfly
6 lbs. Corrib beauty on a Duckfly
One of Jeremy's six pounders from Lough Corrib