Fisheries Information Manager Markus Müller reports:

Lough Conn & Lough Cullin

After a number of weeks of excellent fishing, angling on Loughs Conn and Cullin slowed down somewhat. However, there was still some good fishing in selected areas of the lakes.

On Lough Cullin, local anglers Peter Gray and Paul Caslin, averaged 4 keepers on each of their trips, best at 2.5 lbs. John Walsh and his son Shane, Kildare, had 4 trout on wet flies, all around 1.25 lbs., while Tipparary anglers, Clair Maloney and Patrick Morrisey, boated 6 trout between them.

Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel (relax@pontoonbridge.ie), Tom McMahon, Tipperary, had 10 fish over two days, best at 1.5 lbs. on dry mayflies. US visitor, Bob York, did well on the Grey Wulff catching 5 fine trout, while Sean O’Rourke, Offaly, had 3 fish up to 1.25 lbs. on wets. Local guide, Kieran Connolly, reported good fishing for one of his clients: Douglas Bell, Scotland, boated 4 keepers averaging 1.25 lbs. on Bibios.
Gerry Murphy Boat Hire (gmurphyboats@gmail.com) also reported good fishing for their guests. Regular visitors to Lough Conn, Liam McHugh and Tom Cooney, Edenderry, averaged 5 to 6 trout over 12” on each of their trips, while Colm Wilson, Belfast, got 10 trout (all released) on dry flies, best at 1.5 lbs.

In the Crossmolina area, local anglers Michael Benson, Pat McNulty and Padraic Traynor, enjoyed good sport catching some fine trout up to 1.5 lbs. in Bog Bay. Richard Nicholson, UK, was also successful in the Northern end of Lough Conn, where he boated 3 fine fish, best at 2 lbs., all on dry mayfly patterns.

The Cloghans area produced 5 trout for local angler, Des Ruthledge, best at 2 lbs., while Dublin visitors, Isabel, Lola and Tom Jordan, had 3 keepers on dry olives, best at 2.2 lbs.

Markus Müller
Fisheries Information Manager
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