Corrib has really come alive over the last couple of weeks, with olive hatches starting and fish starting to feed at the surface. Even mayfly are starting to appear in numbers, and I spotted 15-20 mayfly in the course of a few hours fishing on Good Friday. Wetfly anglers are having good sport, with olive patterns doing best. Fishing conditions have improved in the Cornamona area with some anglers reporting excellent fishing to wet flies over the Easter period. Eamon Gavin landed 3 fish, the best at 2lbs, while Martin Kinneavy and his brother Stephen had 8 fish for 3 days fishing.  Paddy Kinneavy had 4 fish over 2 days.  Peter Curran  landed 2 trout of 1.5lbs each on Sunday afternoon and released 3 more. Mike Shanks had a good weekend’s fishing, with 7 fish on Saturday and 9 on Easter Sunday, all released. Reports are that trout are beginning to take to hatching mayfly as well as olives.

Frank Reilly reports that over the Easter period the best fishing was on the Saturday.  Over the weekend a total of 19 anglers caught 30 fish for 25 rod-days.  Sean Dixon and Gerry Mulroney from Ennis had 10 fish on Saturday, of which 8 were returned, best fish 2lbs 10oz.  John Ronayne from Dungarvan had 2 fish, also on Saturday. David McGuinness had 4 fish for about 6lbs, keeping 1 of them.  Former Fisheries Inspector Pat Day had 4 fish during one evenings fishing.

IFI Staff  held a competition on Good Friday out of Derrymoyle. Declan Gibbons took 1st place with 3 fish for over 5lbs, the best being 2.5lbs.  Second was Tommy Kelly who also had 3 fish, with Frank Reilly coming third with 2 fish.

Cong Anglers ran their Annual Wet fly competition on Easter Sunday.  18 Anglers took part, catching 11 fish. Paul Ramsey took first place with 2 fish for 3.5lbs. Jimmy Molloy was second also with 2 fish while Derek Madden and Michael McDermott from Castlerea came third and fourth respectively with 2 fish each.

Good fishing continued up to the when the colder weather landed, and has slowed down a bit since. There were 2 competitions fished out of Greenfields on Sunday the 15th, with many anglers fishing both and some figuring in the prizes on the double. The Ennis Anglers competition reported 14 trout for 22 rods, although the larger size limit of 14 inches may have affected returns. Gearoid Kirwan took top honours with 2 trout for 7.5lbs. Basil Shields was second, with 3 trout for 6.5lbs, and Paul Dignam was third, with 2 trout. Headford Anglers also fished a competition that day, with 17 anglers returning 11 trout. Paul Miller was first, with 2 trout for 6lbs 11oz. The other prizes were as in the Ennis competition, with Basil and Shane taking second  and third respectively.

On the other side of the lake, Tom Kelly reports that there are plenty of large olives hatching at the moment, with some good hatches of mayfly also being observed. Some fish were observed taking olives very softly even on the windy days. The buzzer patterns are still catching some nice fish in many bays around the lake

15 anglers fished the Bartley McGauley Cup, with 12 trout caught in the bright sunshine of the weekend. The winner was Jim Glynn with 4 fish for 3.2kg, 2nd was Seamus Kelly from Glann with 3 trout for 1.66kg, and 3rd place went to Martin Butler with 2 trout for 1.22kg. Other catches of note were Larry Kelly and Scotsman John Jacques with an industrious 35 trout for 5 days fishing from Ardnasilla lodge, wetflies and buzzer patterns kept activity high and rods bent. Brian McLaddery fished on Monday in heavy wind and rain to good returns with his party of 4 anglers from Northern Ireland, they had 12 trout for the day which mainly took olive wetfly patterns. American Frank Carrelli fishing out of Lakelands Angling Center had 3 well-fed trout to dry mayflies, his best fish weighed approx 2.5lbs. A Welsh angling party fished for 4 days on Corrib with good catches for Dai Williams, who had 16 trout for his efforts, with some fish up to 4lbs. George Barron and Geoff Churton had 6 trout between them with best fish again weighing 4lbs. Brian Stewart continued the good catches with 6 trout for an estimated 12lbs. John Davies of the same party had 1 trout weighing a healthy 2.5lbs. Gavin Cronin from Belfast covered a lot of ground on Corrib and had 5 trout weighing 9lbs for 1 day’s effort. Ger Cahill had 2 trout weighing 6lbs.

Paul Heaney from Corrib Anglers guiding service reported on great fishing for a couple of clients. Mr. John Sheridan of Ballina had 2 trout for almost 4lbs on Wednesday 11th April. Both fish caught on a Peter Ross and returned to the water safely. Mr. Aidan Collins of Athlone had 3 trout for 5.5lbs on Sunday 15th April. The trout were caught on olive patterns and all returned to the water safely. All trout caught were of superb quality and beautiful colour.

Very unsettled weather is predicted for the week with showers and cold gales, so ensure you have the right gear with you when out on the open lake which includes a serviced lifejacket.

Kevin Crowley IFI