Strong northerly winds kept water levels slightly higher than usual, with a bit of colour in the water also caused by the wind on the shallow lower lake, but good runs of spring salmon continued through the week, and there were 16 salmon landed, with good numbers taken on the fly, and shrimp also doing well. Water levels have dropped now with the lighter winds, with one gate open and less water coming over the other gates.

Michael Rogers had a7lbs fish on fly, Eoin Dunne took a 9lbs fish on spinner and PJ O’Connor had a 6lbs fish on shrimp. German visitor Urs Leibundgut landed an 8.5lbs salmon on fly, and Frank Poland had a fine 11.5lbs fish on shrimp. John Hetherington took an 8.5lbs fish on shrimp, and Clifden angler Jasper Matthews had a lovely 11lbs fish on fly. Jon Menzies from Loughrea had a 10-pounder on shrimp, while Brian King had a 9.5lbs fish, also on shrimp, and Pat Kane took a 9.5lbs fish on fly. There were early grilse, or small springers, for James Doherty, who had a 6.5lbs fish on fly, and Fintan Murphy, who took a 6lbs fish on shrimp, while local angler Simon Lenihan had a lovely 11lbs fish on a Silver Stoat fly. The fish of the week was landed by Gerry Hartigan from Limerick, a fine 12lbs spring salmon taken on shrimp.

Lough Corrib is at a very low level now, and with no significant rain forecast, water levels should remain perfect for flyfishing, and with good numbers of spring salmon running the river, fishing prospects in Galway are very good for the coming weeks.