Salmon angling on the Moy improved
further this week with a reported catch of 29 fish for the week.
The Ballina Salmon Anglers water and the East Mayo Anglers water each
accounted for four fish while the Cloongee Fishery provided three and
another six were taken by anglers trolling on Lough Conn. The
best salmon of the week, however, was taken on the Foxford Fishery by
ghillie, Vincent McDonnell, who landed a fine fish of 15 lbs. which
he caught on worm. On the Cloongee Fishery, Peter Reintjens,
native of Holland and resident in Ballina, had a salmon of 10∙5 lbs
on a spinner while regular visitor, Willie Behr, Germany, had a 13 lbs.
fish, also on a spinner. On the East Mayo Water, Tom Kavanagh,
Castlebar, had a 10 lbs. fish on the worm while Paddy Mulligan, Gurteen,
Co Sligo had one of 10 lbs. on the fly. Local angler, Ian
Guegan, had a salmon of 10.5 lbs on a spinner and released another fish
of 6 lbs. which also took a spinner. With the water levels falling,
following a recent flood, conditions look very promising for the coming
weeks if the present dry spell continues.
Angling activity picked up
on Lough Conn over the past week with several anglers reporting reasonable
fishing. John Warren and Ian Wyse, had eight trout averaging 1
lb. which they caught around the islands of north Conn.
All came to various black fly patterns. Mick Sweeney, Dublin and
Liam McHugh, Edenderry, had three trout averaging 1∙5lbs all of which
took Bibios. Seamus Byrne, Athlone, fishing from Pontoon
Bridge Hotel, had a trout of about 1 lb on a Claret Dabbler while James
McWalter and Ian Byrne, also fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel,
had trout up to 1∙5 lbs on a Watson’s Fancy. While fishing
with Gerry Murphy Boat Hire, Massbrook, a group from Dargle Angling
Club, recorded six trout averaging about 1 lb.
The Ballysadare River enjoyed
an excellent week of Spring salmon fishing with forty-seven salmon recorded
of which 28 were released. Of particular interest was the
size and quality of fish reported. For example, Vincent Henry,
Sligo, caught and released a fine fish of 14 lbs took on an Ally’s
Shrimp fly. Sean Maye, also from Sligo, caught and released two
salmon, on separate days, each weighing 10 lbs. One took an Ally’s
Shrimp while the other was on a Cascade. Meanwhile, Tom O’Donovan
Jnr. had a fish of 9∙5 lbs. on worm while Josie Trotter also had a
9 lbs fish on the worm. With the water levels falling, and
fish of this size arriving, prospects for Ballysadare look excellent
for the coming week.
This small lake in Co Leitrim,
which is owned and managed by the Board, provided excellent sport over
the past week. Ken Henry, Sligo, caught and released 11 trout
all of which were caught on buzzers. Walter Doyle, Dromahair,
caught four of which he released three while retaining one fish at 11/4
lbs. Mike Kelly caught and released three fish which took Buzzers.
Joe Elliott got three of which he released two and retained one at 11/4
lbs Joe Elliot caught three of which he released tow and retained one.
All Joe’s trout took a Diawl Bach.
Carrowmore enjoyed a good week
of spring salmon fishing with best salmon, at 16 lbs., taken by local
angler, Pat Doherty. Meanwhile Michael Righton, caught and returned
no less than five salmon averaging 7 lbs, over the week. Mary
Harkin, Dublin, had one at 8 lbs. while Tom Bell, Limerick, had one
weighing 11.25 lbs while Bill Baynes, Castlebar, had one at 9 lbs and
one at 8 lbs.
Lough Beltra enjoyed quite
a good week with a total of 9 salmon reported all of which were released
in accordance with the Catch & Release Regulation which applies
on this fishery until 11 May. The best fish, weighing 11
lbs., was caught by Michael (Rocky) Moran, Castlebar, while Phil Beirne,
Castlebar, Martin Hughes, Newport and Sean Dolan, Dublin, all
recorded fish around the 9 lb mark. On the Newport House
side of the lake, Richard Dowell, caught two salmon weighing 10 lbs
and 8 lbs while Jonathan Murray also had two both of which weighed around
the 7 lbs mark.
This rainbow trout fishery,
near Westport, enjoyed excellent fishing during the week with just nine
rods accounting for a total catch of 67 trout of which 54 were released.
Declan McGuinness, Castlerea, landed a reported 20 rainbow trout of
which 16 were returned alive best weighing 2.5 lbs. Patrick Mangan
and partner hooked and landed 15 of which they returned 7 while retaining
four each with the best at 2 lbs. Ted McGowan, Enniskillen,
caught and returned eight trout with the best at 2.75 lbs. The
most successful flies were Green Peter, Hares Ear, Damsel Fly, Bibio
and various Duckfly patterns.