Trout season on Mask opens with good sport on the fly
February 23rd, 2017 | by Kevin Crowley
Ronan Cusack reports that cool south-easterly winds and low water levels were the order of the day on Wednesday last, as Mask opened its doors to anglers for the first day of the 2017 trout season.
There was plenty of activity along the shores of Tourmakeady from very early morning, as the traditional shore anglers anxiously awaited their first trout of the year. Castlebar brothers Tadgh and Wally Flynn finished a cold first day with 3 trout on the worm (best fish 1.75lbs). Unfortunately due to the low water levels, fish that would normally be in feeding on worms on flooded grass land were few and far between.
Local anglers Liam Conroy and Peter Gosson ventured out on the lake for a few hours and pulled wet flies in the shallows. The lads finished with a fish each (best fish 1.5lbs) and Peter lost a trout of approximately 3lbs. Peter Byrne, Castlebar and Johnny Moroney from Ennis also spent a few hours on the lake on Wednesday and they also had a fish each (best fish 1.5lbs). The well-known Toby Gibbons from Westport had a good start to the season with a lovely fish of 3lbs on wets. Kevin Bettie and fishing partner Ray Broughton from Ballinrobe had 2 fish for their first outing this year (best fish 1.5lbs).
Conditions look to improve this week as temperatures creep into double figures, so the lake could be worth a visit.