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Low water levels limit trout anglers on Clare rivers

June 1st, 2012 | by

Ken O’Neill reports from the Clare area:

The fine weather is keeping the water level low in Clare Rivers – many anglers turning to the lakes for their fishing.  The angling effort on the Fergus is poor enough at present.  The lakes are more popular – with many mayfly anglers enjoying the excellent hatch this year on Derg.

West Clare Rivers and Lakes
Low water conditions limited trout angling however there were two trout caught in Kilkee reservoir last week just under 3 lbs. and a 1.25lbs caught on the fly in Knockalough (near Quilty).  Knockerra Lake (near Killimer) fish are ordered to restock the lake.  Anglers have erected styles on Lake Field boundaries to allow ease of access around the lake.  Permits can be ordered in three shops in Kilrush should any anglers wish to fish this lake.

Fergus River
The Fergus is a mixed stock fishery with good pike angling in areas as well as trout. Salmon angling in County Clare is closed at present.

East Clare Rivers and lakes
Lough Derg had an excellent mayfly hatch observed up from Killaloe to Mountshannon Bay.  Good trout catches – some around the 2 ½ lbs, however there were large numbers of small trout caught and released.  Daytime mayfly angling in lower Lough Derg is finished.  The night-time knat fishing and spinner is disappointing in the past week.

West Clare Rivers and Lakes
Low water conditions limited trout angling however there were two trout caught in Kilkee reservoir last week just under 3 lbs. and a 1.25lbs caught on the fly in Knockalough (near Quilty).  Knockerra Lake (near Killimer) fish are ordered to restock the lake.  Anglers have erected styles on Lake Field boundaries to allow ease of access around the lake.  Permits can be ordered in three shops in Kilrush should any anglers wish to fish this lake.

Fergus River
The Fergus is a mixed stock fishery with good pike angling in areas as well as trout. Salmon angling in County Clare is closed at present.

East Clare Rivers and lakes
Lough Derg had an excellent mayfly hatch observed up from Killaloe to Mountshannon Bay. Good trout catches – some around the 2 ½ lbs, however there were large numbers of small trout caught and released.  Daytime mayfly angling in lower Lough Derg is finished.  The night-time knat fishing and spinner is disappointing in the past week.

North Derg Clare
Rossmore, Coose Bay, Woodford and Cloonmoylan area (North Derg Clare) –
Good fly hatch in the past week at Rossmore bay area.  Many trout anglers preferring the Islandmore side of the lake for angling in the past week.


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