Well despite optimism that rainfall would not result in much increased water levels, the OPW who control the weir in Galway opened 6 gates this week, even though the lake did not rise that much. Hopefully this will allow the excess water to run off quickly and gates to be closed sooner, or we might have no water left in Lough Corrib at all.

Despite the flood, 26 salmon were landed for the week, with the shrimp being more successful in the heavy conditions than over the last few weeks. More and more grilse are starting to appear, and are dominating catches now, although there were one or two good fish landed as well. Former fishery manager Ned Cusack had a 4.5lbs grilse on shrimp, while Mossy Browne from Waterford had a nice fish on fly. John Anderson from Moycullen took 2 grilse on fly, while UK visitor landed 4 fish over 2 days, including 3 grilse and a nice 8.5lbs salmon, all on fly. Terry McDermott from Northern Ireland had a fine day, landing 3 grilse on fly, while Paul Gallagher from Donegal took 3 fish to 8.5lbs on fly and shrimp. UK visitor Simon White had a nice 6lbs grilse on shrimp, and Headford angler John Minnock took 2 grilse on shrimp. Swords native Padraic Cullen had a grilse on shrimp, while Clare man Michael Browne took 2 grilse on shrimp, as did Des Bluett from Galway. The fish of the week, though, was a cracking 17lbs salmon landed by regular visitor from Dublin, Michael Rodgers, taken on spinner.

With rain forecast it looks unlikely that levels will be lowered in the next couple of days, but anglers are hopeful that a few gates will be closed in the next week. Good numbers of salmon are running the river, and given a drop in water level, prospects here are very good for the coming weeks.

Michael Rodgers, Dublin, with a fine 17lbs salmon taken at the Galway Fishery, June 2012
Michael Rodgers, Dublin, with a fine 17lbs salmon taken at the Galway Fishery, June 2012