Fergus Lynch reports:

The following is a letter received from 7 year old Conor Ward about his day’s fishing on Hillstreet Lakes.

“Dear Fergus

I went on a fishing trip to The Hillstreet lakes system in Strokestown on Sunday with my Dad and our friend Shane. I caught two Pike weighing 9.75 lbs & 7 lbs both were caught trolling with Lures.

Conor Ward and his Dad on Hillstreet Lakes, Strokestown, Co Roscommon
Conor Ward and his Dad on Hillstreet Lakes, Strokestown, Co Roscommon

I then decided to try for a Perch using a smaller Plug and on my first cast I landed one then I got another one.

I had a really good day as my Dad & Shane both blanked.

Please see attached pictures

Conor ward
Age 7”

River Shannon

Spoke with three Dublin anglers (Mick Flynn and 2 friends) fishing at the lock at Rooskey on Saturday evening 4th August, they were enjoying their evening, but had no fish. They had fished the weekend of 29th July at Drumsna and had small roach and some nice sized Perch. Water is very high, Very few anglers on the Shannon over the weekend.


[Correction] Keith Mooney fishing on the Shannon had a bag of 70 to 80 fish, mostly small roach and Perch.   He intends fishing Drumgorman during the week in the hope of catching one or two large bream that have been reported in the lake.  Keith is a member of Rinn-Shannon and District Anglers Club and next weekend will try his luck at Lough Rowan. (Apologies to Keith for misquoting him in last week’s report – Ed 16/08/12)

North Longford

The Drumlish and Cloone areas have proven very difficult to fish with water levels being so high.   Many anglers are reporting fish being up off the bottom and are not responding to ground bait.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Sean Cassidy of Drumlish.  Sean has always been a regular contributor to the Angling update in Longford.


Tom Commons of Boyle reports that fishing has been “very hit and miss” over the past few weeks and he attributes this to the very high water levels. Any fish being caught are being got using floating baits high up in the water.   Himself and a pal had two Pike on Lough Gara on 28th July – best fish 11Lbs.