At long last, the weather has improved over the last week and even now it sunny, warm and bright and there is a promise of some showers and wet cooler weather over the next few days.  Inland water temperatures are still very low and it will take a bit of consistent higher day temperatures to liven things up fully for the angler.

One of the great catches this week saw of the week saw young Liam Harris catch and release a salmon estimated at 20 lb. back to the River Suir near Carrick on Suir.  The first few days in April have brought some nice catches of salmon to anglers fishing the Munster Blackwater at Blackwater lodge including the first fly caught fish.  A sea trout of 5 lb. and steady salmon fishing was reported last week from Lough Currane.  The Killarney lakes and the River Flesk are producing steady salmon fishing and the River Lee and Ilen also produced a few salmon.  The last seven days produced much better salmon fishing for anglers on the Delphi system in the west.  The river Moy is starting to produce some better salmon fishing in recent days.  Spinning produced steady good salmon for anglers on the River Drowes and there was a few fish also reported from nearby Lough Melvin.

Angling guide Andrew Ryan reports that the trout fishing on the Nire and the Suir in South Tipperary is still going well with some of the bigger fish falling to nymphs.  The warmer weather brought more anglers out on Lough Sheelin and there was some fine trout fishing recorded in the last week.  Trout fishing improved greatly with the warmer weather on the two big western loughs on Corrib and Mask and well known angling guide Tom Doc Sullivan caught a lovely trout of 8 lb. on fly this week.  Dry and wet flies are producing better trout fishing on Lough Conn in the warmer weather in the past few days.  It is nice to report some better trout fishing on fly at Lough Arrow at the recent Easter competition.  The warmer weather also brought better trout fishing for anglers on Lough Melvin over the last weekend.

Irish International and Erne Anglers club member James O’Doherty, Tubertini UK and only 16 years of age took his first festival win on his home waters at the DAIWA Erne Easter Three Day Festival at the weekend.  He beat some of the cream of Irish match fishing at this popular office.  The better weather has brought better fishing to the famous hot water stretch at Lanesborough where there was good roach fishing and better signs of bigger fish to come.  Further up river, the Ballyhaunis AC relocated their match from a flooded River Suck to the mudflats in Carrick on Shannon and the anglers enjoyed some good bream catches on the day.  The Easter festival at Lough Sillan at Shercock produced some good weights with the Irish feeder team manager, Brenton Sweeney taking top weight with 28 lb. 5 oz. followed by a lot of good weights.   Over In Lough Muckno the three day Easter Festival was won by Cathal Hughes, Galway and his partner Philip Jackson was second at the popular festival there.

Angling guide Rob Love reported that he had a party of Japanese anglers out fishing for pike on Carton Lake and they enjoyed very good sport.

Cian O’Halloran was fishing in the Tramore area when he landed a really big bass which he quickly photographed and returned and he wins our Catch of the Week

Elsewhere there are many competition notices and important new clippings in this week angling update which should be of interest.  While the weekend is promised cooler the outlook is for better warmer weather next week and more anglers are going out to enjoy the best of Irish fishing.  Be careful out there and wear a life jacket if afloat on freshwater or at sea,

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Paul Bourke

Catch, Photo, Release

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A bright sunny Easter Monday
A bright sunny Easter Monday