Ken O’Neill reports on the trout fishing on Lough Derg…

The Mayfly has not yet been seen on the Lake.  Anglers are hoping that this year will be a more natural mayfly year this year than last year.  The Mayfly hatch in 2012 occurred very early.  Mr. Kevin Grimes of St. Flannans angling club recorded the beginnings of the hatch on the 18th Match, a lot of May Fly out on the 29th March and the full hatch in early April.  The hatch this year, being a bit later, may be more natural for the lake and this will hopefully provide spent fishing in warmer evenings for anglers.  The Mayfly angling last year was a colder experience as it happened earlier in the season.

There was a fly angling competition in Scarriff on Sunday the 21st April.  The results of the competition were three fish weighed – 1lb, 1 ½ lb and a 2 lb Trout.  The winning fish was caught by Mike Gough from Killestry.

It is worth mentioning also that a 5 ½ lb trout was caught In Lough Derg at Mountshannon trolling last week.

The Annual Interclub competition between Mountshannon and Ballina angling Club produced 4 Trout – the winning Trout was a 2lb beauty caught by a Ballina Angling Club Member – Nially Barry

Jimmy (Crock) Minogue Memorial Cup
Jimmy (Crock) Minogue Memorial Cup


Jimmy (Crock) Minogue Memorial Cup

The Mountshannon Angling Club, in association with Waterways Ireland, are running an Open Competition on Lough Derg on the 5th May.  This is an angling competition for Trout and the heaviest Fish wins (bag limit of 4 Fish).

It costs €50 to enter the competition – however the club are putting all proceeds in aid of Stream enhancement and Rehabilitation for the many nursery tributaries streams / rivers into Lough Derg.  All enquiries about this competition to Mr. Brian Kenneally (087) 6216639.