Lough Ree

Lough Ree is a transformed lake. Gone are the days of algae blooms, turbid water and no fly life.  All last week the lake was awash with excitement and talk of fish and may fly and anglers who had been doing well on the lake. There were big hatches of May Fly everywhere on the lake…… ”unbelievable” was how long time Lough Ree angler Sean Kelly described it.
“The weather was great, almost too good for fishing some of the days but the evening fishing was magic with “spent” everywhere. Michael McKiernan one of Lough Rees loyal anglers through the years had several fish over 5lbs and one over 6 during the week.  John Slevin and James Costello both from Cossan Anglers had several fish over 6 lbs during the week and big numbers of smaller fish. All of the fish were returned.

Joe Keena the Secretary of Derravaragh was located fishing on Lough Ree last week and he lost a big fish on out from Muckanagh on Sunday evening which would have been in the 6lb bracket and netted another one 2¼ lbs.

Martin Hope from Mullingar with a 6lb Trout from Lough Ree
Martin Hope from Mullingar with a 6lb Trout from Lough Ree

River Shiven

The River Shiven is a gem of a trout water that flows east form near Mountbellew in East Galway and joins the Suck at Lukes Hill between Ballygar and Ballyforan. There is good access in most areas but the sections between Island Case Bridge and Newbridge are the most productive with a great stock of fish in the half to one pound range. It has a great May fly hatch and last week it was awash with fly especially in the Newbridge to Ballinamore Bridge areas and there were fish being caught all over. Anthony Roach from Ballygar had great fishing above Newbridge.

Weed growth last week on River Suck……
Weed growth last week on River Suck……

 

John Devaney reporting from the River Suck and Lough Ree Area