Ronan Cusack reports that trout angling was excellent last week on Mask, despite the severe weather conditions continuing, pushing water levels on Lough Mask to almost winter heights. Olives and Buzzer hatched in huge numbers all week with trout taking full advantage.

Anglers staying at Hall’s Angling Centre had a bonanza week. Mr. and Mrs. Hammon from France had 25 fish over 5 days; biggest fish 3.5lbs. James & Marion Craigue from the UK had 8 fish for 4 days angling, biggest 2.25lbs. John O Sullivan and friend from Cork had 7 fish on wet-flies over 4 days; biggest trout 2lbs. Rune Dohlan and son from Norway had 11 fish for 6 days; best fish 2.5lbs. Mr Davis and three angling companions from the UK had 96 trout over 6 days; biggest fish 3lbs. Mark Rogan (Waterford) and fishing partner Eddie Roe had 4 fish on the Bank holiday Monday on a variety of Olive patterns; best fish 3.2lbs, all returned. Patsy Treacy from Fermanagh fished with Eddie Gibbons on the same day and they had 8 trout pulling wet-flies (best fish 2lbs, all returned).  To book fishing or accommodation at Hall’s, contact David or Helen on 094 9541389 or check

Ronan Cusack had 3 fish on wet-flies for a few hours fishing on Sunday (best fish 1.75lbs all returned). Kit Doleman from the UK fished Mask with Declan Gibbons, Cong, on Sunday and they had 2 fish; best fish 1.25lbs. Declan also reported returning numerous undersize trout throughout the day. Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at 087 2869487 or by email at [email protected]


Margaret Gorman from Isham Self-Catering on Dringeen Bay reported on great fishing for some of her guests.  Florian Keller and friends, from Germany, stayed at ‘Isham’ for two weeks from 27th April – 11th May.   They accounted for 50 trout for the period and 4 beautiful spring salmon from The Cong River.   One Ssalmon was returned, with the best fish weighing 15lbs.   Most of the trout were returned also.

Chris Loots and Edith Bollen, Belgium and friends have been fishing from Dringeen Bay and have had fantastic fishing to wets – best flies are Green Peter, Octopus and Green Olive.   They have been recording up to 12 trout some days – most of which have been returned.   They have been joined by friends Michelle and Christine from Belgium to join in the fun.  Digby Lewis, UK and John Wilson, Malawi had a great day on Sunday with 5 trout. Their best fish was over 3lbs.

John Caldwell, UK fished with Chris Huxley and Digby Lewis during the week and also had 5 trout. Jim Dix and his friend Jackie had a good day on Monday in trying conditions with two fish. Anglers have tended to fish the Bay with good results during periods of high winds when it was too difficult to get onto the outer lake.

For Boat Hire and Angling Information available on site at Isham see or phone 087 7908107.


Vincent Kelly from Cavan with a 3lbs brown trout from Lough Mask, taken on a size 12 Olive pattern.
Vincent Kelly from Cavan with a 3lbs brown trout from Lough Mask, taken on a size 12 Olive pattern.