It was another bitterly cold week with driving rain and strong winds for many days in the past week.  At last though the conditions are forecasted to change in the next few days over the Easter period and anglers will welcome the calmer warmer weather.

Martin Smyth
Martin Smyth with his 11lb trout from the Royal Canal

The rain in the early part of the week brought some good fresh salmon into the River Slaney and some very fresh salmon were captured.  It was very quiet week on most of the rivers in the Cork Kerry area with a few nice salmon the River Lee where fish to 13 lb. were taken on spinner and fly.  On the same river, Paul Lawton recorded a fabulous specimen salmon of 22 lb. fishing a prawn. It was another good week on Lough Currane with consistent salmon fishing on most days with salmon to 13 lb. taken on fly.  It was a mixed week on the River Drowes with the fishing very patchy but some nice salmon up 14 lb. were recorded on some days. Three salmon were reported for the week from nearby Lough Melvin.

Angling guide Eamonn Conway reported good trout fishing from the Annalee River and the River Fane.  Weighed nymphs fished with sinking lines were picking up trout on both rivers.  It was a very rough week for anglers fishing on Lough Sheelin but there were some opportunities on some days and Dr. Martin O’Grady recently retired Biologist from Inland Fisheries Ireland used a sunk line and a sooty olive to catch the biggest trout of the week, at 5.5 lb. along with an another good trout of 3.5 lb.  It is great to report some excellent Duckfly fishing from Loughs Corrib and Mask and with the good Easter weather promised anglers should have good sport this weekend.  Fishing with buzzers and wetfly produced some better trout fishing on Lough Melvin last week and looks set to continue over the Easter period.

Steven Neely reports that he had a great day out lure fishing on a small water catching many pike and perch on lures.  Martin Smyth was fishing for pike on the Royal Canal near Enfield using deadbait and was completely surprised to catch a terrific trout of 11 lb. which he quickly photographed and returned to the Canal.  This magnificent trout wins our Catch of the Week

112 anglers took part in the Ballybay Angling Association 4 man team event on Lough Muckno and they caught mainly roach, perch, hybrids and skimmers.  The Lurgan A team won on the day with 24 points from the Belfast Black team on 29 points.

Wexford sea angling guide Sid Jones had a great day deep sea fishing out with Dungarvan Charter boats catching coalies and a great range of species fishing out from Dungarvan.

Elsewhere the ACI hosted a big awards ceremony last weekend in Dublin for all the Irish anglers who fished for Ireland in the past year in International championships abroad in freshwater and at sea.  There are many other new clippings and competition notices in our other news in this week’s angling update

Happy Easter to all anglers and enjoy the best of Irish Angling and finally be careful out fishing,

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Paul Bourke

Catch, Photo, Release

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On the Mill Pool during the week
On the Mill Pool during the week