Angling guide and journalist Mick Flanagan reports on pike fishing in the midlands area near Mullingar.
PIN FRY. Over the bank Holiday weekend the Owel trout went hard on the Pin fry on Owel, and some super trout were caught. Their is a huge explosion of sticklebacks on Owel and trout, pike, and perch are feeding hard on the fry. The lake was very quite over the weekend, and those who did brave the windy wet weather were rewarded with fantastic fishing. I boated a rainbow trout on Owel last Saturday weighing 3 lb. 15 oz, and it was in mint condition.
Quite a few rainbows are showing up on Owel, and some local anglers are wondering how they got into the lake. The brown trout are also in super condition, and Marty Smith had a few great fish on Dabblers fished on a Midge tip line. I dropped into Portloman for lunch one of the days on Owel and met local anglers Mick McCauley from Patrick Street and his fishing pal Warren Dardis of Portloman. The lads love their few hours out on Owel, and had some nice fish on the troll. The fish took Lene Minnows, and Tazmanian Devil Lures.
DAN MULLALLY SHIELD WINNERS. Lough Owel anglers hosted the Dan Mullally evening competition on Wednesday August 6th. The lake had produced some fine trout prior to the competition with local Angler Andy Boyle boating a 7 lb. cracker on Bank Holiday Monday night while Peter fishing.
The lake really produced some top quality brown trout on Wednesday night ,and Jimmy Cahill fishing with pal Johnny Murray rattled the scales with a huge fish of 2.385 kg.
Nickie Shaw of Shaw’s Hardware here in Mullingar was 2nd with another beauty of 1.84 kg., and I managed a few Owel fish with the best 1.41 kg. to take 3rd spot.