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NW Angling News - 19 April 2009
By Vincent Roche
24, Apr 2009 - 07:45

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River Moy 

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. 

Lough Conn 

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.    

Ballysadare River 

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.    

Doon Lough 

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 Lake 

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 

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. 

Ballin Lough 

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. 

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