John Mc Laughlin, Lough Swilly reports on the salmon fishing in Donegal:


The water height on the Lackagh also began to drop last week for the first time all season.

Club member, Brendan Garland was unlucky not to land the first fish of the Season.

Brendan lost a good fish in the Garden pool on the fly last Saturday morning.

I have no other reports from the Lackagh for the rest of the week but I would expect this to change this week as the prevailing conditions continue to improve and angling pressure increases.

Under the IFI legislation, the entire Lackagh system is strictly catch & release for salmon angling.

The only allowed methods are spinning or fly fishing with single barbless hooks and stictly no bait fishing.

The Creeslough & District Angling club in conjunction with the IFI have carried out some fantastic habitat enhancement over the last 2 seasons.The Lackagh river itself is arguably the most accessable in the whole country with the recently completed walkways and stiles making for a safer and more enjoyable angling experience.

Permits for the Lackagh fishery are available from Sweeney’s filling station, Termon.

River Finn

The River Finn opened again for Salmon angling last Saturday the 1st of March.

Anglers were greeted with a near perfect water height, although the water temperature was still on the cold side.
Well done to Finn veteran, Frankie Elliott who had the first fish ,estimated at 12 lbs from the carry at Killygordon.

There were also reports of a couple of fish lost on the Cloghan Estate waters in Glenfin with Dean Armstrong losing a fish on the fly in the Graveyard and Barry Gallagher hooking a fish in Keys.

I have had no more reports of anymore fresh fish since.

Permits for the Cloghan Lodge Salmon fishery are available here from me at the Angling centre.

John Mc Laughlin

Lough Swilly Angling Centre/ Donegal Angling

Phone : 087 292988 or Email: [email protected]

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