Spring weather has finally brought lovely conditions for anglers to go fishing in the past week and catches were much better. Water levels remain very high and there was some rain in the past week but there are better fishing conditions particularly on rivers.

The River Drowes continues to fish very consistently for salmon with an average of two salmon a day reported. Still in Donegal, Frankie Elliott landed   the first fish of the season on the River Finn, estimated at 12 lb. from the carry at Killygordon.  Down in Cork, water levels are decreasing on the Cork Blackwater and anglers expect good fishing soon and a few more salmon were reported from Lough Currane.  In the monthly report, two salmon were recorded on the Delphi Fishery in Co. Mayo.  High water levels are still hampering good fishing on the Bandon River in Co. Cork.  With the weather forecast very positive in the coming week, there should be an improvement for salmon anglers nationwide.

There was steady trout fishing reported at the Courtlough Fishery in North Co. Dublin.  Up in Donegal, there was some nice trout fishing reported from Lough Fern.  Angling guide, Eamonn Conway reports that trout fishing on the rivers in Co. Louth is very good with water levels dropping all the time.  80 rainbows were recorded on the opening day for the Anne Valley Angling Centre in Co. Waterford.  It is nice to report that a few 4 lb. trout were the highlight of the opening day on another anticipated season on Lough Sheelin.

A beautiful smile from Christina Barry
A beautiful smile from young angler Christina Barry who is our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner

French anglers in Longford manage some good pike fishing despite weather and water levels while fishing with angling guide Kevin Lyons.  Angling guide Herman Mollenaar reported some big pike for clients on deep diving lures while fishing on Lough Derg. Caoimhghin Phelan caught some fine pike on Lough Derg also in the past week.  Ten year old Christina Barry landed a superb pike while fishing with her dad on the Royal Canal near Kilcock and wins our ‘Catch of the Week’.  Another young angler, Rosie O’Connor also caught a smaller pike and perch fishing on the same canal with her dad.

There was great bags of fish recorded at the Oakland competition last weekend near New Ross and 118 lb. of Carp took the honours for David Minogue.  Ireland’s Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship was announced for September 2014.

At sea, reporter Rockhunter reported some bass and flounder fishing from the shore in the south east.  There are reports from Jim Hendrick, bass guide in Wexford on the coming season and there was competition news from Kilmore Quay on forthcoming events.  The second Leg of the Leinster Shore League Takes Place on Saturday 8th March at Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford.

There are many news items in this week’s update and you can read them all on the website.  Propects look very good for all anglers as the good weather has been predicted for the whole of next week.

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Paul Bourke

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Spring tides add to the Atlantic swell at Waterville where some good salmon were caught at the weekend.