Water levels remained low during
the early part of the week but rose significantly following midweek
heavy rain. Over recent days a number of good fish have been reported
from the upstream fisheries.
Sixteen salmon were caught
during the week including, the fish of the week, a very nice springer
of 6.9 kg (15.25lbs) taken on the East Mayo Anglers’Association water
by 15 year old Welsh angler, Freddie Duncalf, fishing a spinner.
Freddie Duncalf pictured with his 6.9kg (15.25 lbs) Moy springer.
Dan Stewart, Northern Ireland
had a very nice springer of 5kgs (11 lbs) which came to a spinner also
on the East Mayo Anglers’ Association water. Three salmon were taken
on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water. John Cornally, Offaly had a
nice 3.9kg (8.5 lbs) fish on Gannon’s fishery. Other anglers to take
salmon included Sammy Colgan, Dublin fishing the Foxford fishery and
upstream on the Cloongee fishery, French angler, Pierre Vellut had a
nice 3.2kg fish (7 lbs) while spinning
Loughs Conn and Cullin
A cold north west wind at the
beginning of the week did not encourage anglers to venture out on the
loughs. Also, heavy mid week rain led to a rise in water levels and,
with low temperatures, there was little sign of the much awaited olive
However, those anglers who
did fish enjoyed some success. Ian Wise and John Warren fishing from
Gortnorabbey had two trout to olives on Bog Bay. Padraic Traynor fishing
with John Garvey, Kilkenny also had two trout on Flannery’s Bay. Fishing
out of Massbrook, Ronnie Chambers, Belfast had two trout off Brackwansha
on Easter Sunday and Dominic Concannon, Derry returned two from Coleman’s
shallows. Other anglers to report trout included Gary Crossley fishing
a Bibio, Walter and Susan Byrne, Cloghans and Offaly who had two for
1.4kg (3 lbs). Best catch went to Brendan Levins, Dublin fishing with
Seamus Kelly who had four trout for 2.7 kg (6lbs) fishing the Claret
Bumble and Sooty Olive.
The Bilberry & Lannagh
Angling Club held its first competition of 2009 on Bilberry Lough on
Sunday 5 April, 2009. Fifteen anglers fished the competition which was
won by Peter Byrne with three trout weighing in at 1.75kg (3.85 lbs).
Second place went to Ollie Dorrington who also had three fish with third
place going to Peter Gray. The prize for heaviest fish went to Shane
Walsh with his first fish which weighed in at 0.64kg (1.4 lbs).
Most popular flies on the day included Claret Bumbles, Silver Dabblers
Four salmon were reported for
the week, two of which went to local anglers Pat Doherty and Michael
Noone who had salmon of 3.2kg( 7lbs) and 3.6kg (8 lbs) respectively.
Sean O’Malley, Westport also took a nice fish of 3.6kg (8lbs).
Three good salmon were reported
for the week, two of which went to visiting anglers Lorne Vernon, Belgium
who had a very nice 4.5kg (10lbs) springer and English angler, David
Cripps who landed a good 3.6kg (8 lbs) fish, both of whom were fishing
out of Newport House. Aiden Byrne, Castlebar also had a very good springer
of 4.5kg (10 lbs) fishing the Glenisland portion of the lake.
Thirty four rainbows were reported
for the week of which 30 were very sportingly returned to the water.
Jimmy Gibson, Westport had 12, ten of which were returned with his best
weighing in at 1.6kg (3.5 lbs). Padraic Traynor and friend had nine
rainbows all of which were returned. Others to take fish included Seamus
O’Malley, Westport and Joe Gibbons, Kilmeena who had seven between
them, five returned with their best 1.8kg (4 lbs). Most successful flies
for the week included Muddlers and dry hoppers.
The Ballisodare fishery reported
ten fish for the week, most of which were taken at the beginning of
the week prior to persistent high water conditions following heavy rain.
Three salmon were taken on Monday, the best of which a nice 3.9kg (8.5
lbs) fish went to local angler, Jimmy Cuffe, fishing an Ally’s shrimp.
Tuesday saw 4 fish caught, two of which were released with the best
fish a 4kg (9 lbs) springer coming to T. Mann, Northern Ireland fishing
the worm. Mid week was very quiet due to high water and, on Easter Sunday,
Anthony McCann and Dermot Glennon, fishing the worm, each had
a very nice springer of 5kg (11 lbs) and 4.5kg (10 lbs) respectively.
Few anglers were out due to
cold conditions and strong south easterly winds. Most anglers who ventured
out opted to troll and reported some good fish. In particular, Maurice
McCaffrey, Sligo had a very fine 3.2kg (7lbs) trout. Local angler, Gavin
Cogan had a nice 1.1kg (2.5kg) fish and Peter Dunne, Drumshanbo
also took two good trout each around 1kg. Anglers reported small
hatches of duck fly and the outlook is for good duck fly fishing in
the evening with favourable weather conditions.
This small lake with a good
stock of free rising wild brown trout opened recently and the small
number of anglers who fished the lake to date have enjoyed considerable
success. These included Eugene Curran who had six trout fishing Duck
fly, five of which he returned and Paddy Ward, Westmeath who had twelve
fishing a Bibio all of which he released.