The spring salmon have started
to run into the River Moy in earnest and are now being caught by anglers.
Water levels have been ideal for angling on most of the river with some
fisheries reporting perfect fly fishing conditions. Very little rain
over the past number of weeks has meant that the Moy has had unseasonably
low water levels.
As is the norm each year, the
Ballina Salmon Anglers Fishery is the first stretch of the river to
start producing salmon. Pappy Marshal, besides catching the first fish
of the season on the Moy, has also caught another salmon of 2.7 kg.
(5 lb.), Martin Conroy and Albert Bradley have caught two salmon each,
all four fish around the 3.2 kg. (7 lb.) mark. Paddy Dempsey banked
a lovely silver 4.5 kg. (10 lb.) spring salmon while Mark Beattie also
landed a fine fish.
Up river, on the East Mayo
Anglers Association Fishery, local angler, Jimmy Kilcoyne, landed the
first salmon of the season from this stretch of the river. A beautiful
fresh fish of 3.2 kg. (7 lbs.), that took a spinner. Water levels on
this fishery, at the time of compiling this report, are good for fly
There has been some good early
season trout fishing was to be had on the Callow lakes which are located
just east of Foxford. Weather conditions made angling patchy, with a
mixture of bright sun and blustery winds, but when the right conditions
were present, good catches of hard fighting wild brown trout to .5 kg.
(1 lb.), were reported. Boats can be hired from Tom Deacy at the
lakes (tel. 094-9256266).