Ronan Cusack reports that water levels on Lough Mask are at a record high for this time of year. The constant rainfall has forced the lake up to what is now almost autumn level. The lake has been pretty quiet for the past few weeks with only local anglers venturing out. Kieran Biggins (Ballinrobe) fished on Saturday afternoon last and he landed 17 trout with only one exceeding the 13 inch limit.  Frank and Dermot O’Hara (Ballinrobe) had 7 good fish for a day last week (best fish 1.75lbs).

Tom Mulvey and Richie Cameron from Ballinrobe had three nice fish on Sunday last (best fish 2lbs). Tom also commented with delight on the large number of undersize trout they returned throughout the day. Kevin Sheridan had 35 fish on dries for the week, with 11 exceeding the 13 inch limit. Kevin’s best fish was 3.5lbs taken on a dry Sedge. Sean Maloney from Ballinrobe fished for a day last week with Joe Fitzharris, and they had 7 fish between them (best fish 2.25lbs) and also returned large numbers of undersize trout. Ollie Wickam (Partry) fished for a day this week with Noel Fay from Kildare and they had 4 trout for the day (best fish 2lbs). Brendan Costello (Ballinrobe) had 3 nice fish for a half day last week (best fish 2lbs).

The majority of fish at the moment are still being caught in shallow water on wet and dry fly patterns.

Ronal also guides on Mask and can be contacted on 087 2869487 or email [email protected]