We welcomed spring recently but the weather over the last week was more than a little wintry. Some parts of Ireland endured storms, snow, ice and hail, particularly at the weekend.
Anglers fishing for bass in Ireland are now bound by articles 10.5 and 10.6 of the recently introduced EU Regulation 2016/72 which stipulates catch and release for bass between Jan 1 and June 30 and bag limit of 1 fish per day from July 1 to December 31. There is no longer a closed season. Further legislation has been drafted to implement the increased size limit from 42cm as per the EU Regulation to 50cm in line with the IFI Bass Policy. We’d also like to remind anglers that Inland Fisheries Ireland have designed a survey to evaluate the Irish bass fishery, bass angling and the current regulations in place which relate to the bass fishery in Ireland. If you would like to participate in the survey, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IrishBassSurvey
Staying with bass, Catch of the Week goes to Tomasz Ekert for his recapture of a tagged bass in Co. Kerry. This fish had been first tagged almost 70km away in the Shannon Estuary and was at liberty for 232 days before being re-caught and released. At the Blackrock SAC match on North Beach, Wicklow, a good run of dogfish at distance on sandeel baits was enough to claim the win on the night with 28 fish. Catches consisted mainly of whiting, dogfish, rockling and flounder. Shore fishing in the Galway area saw catches of flounder, sea trout and coalies over the weekend.
Last week seemed quieter on the River Drowes with around 10 salmon caught that we know of to date. Rods fishing the Sea Pools at the weekend reported seeing good numbers of salmon entering the fishery on the high tides but were unable to tempt them. Delphi reported almost perfect conditions, but the catch was not in line with expectations and only 5 fish were landed. Currane produced a mixed bag for anglers in terms of fishing and catches. Weather made getting out on the lake an unattractive proposition on some days but surprisingly some of the best salmon were caught on the most unlikely days. The addition of specimen sea trout to the catch reports was also welcome. The lake fished particularly well in the last couple of days. There were spring sea trout sighted running the Ilen River but no reports of catches to date. Water levels are high. The Bandon has seen a few fish met and a couple landed particularly in the early part of this week. There was no report of fish from the Lee last week. On the Slaney the salmon are well spread throughout the system but in small numbers. Fishing has been described as slow, but the size of the salmon is increasing.
Lough Melvin saw some decent trout fishing last week but few anglers were prepared to get out on the lake to find out for themselves as winds were up and winter conditions returned. Cold water and high levels on the Boyne are not the best for trout on the fly, but there is some fishing available in tributaries like the Stoneyford as one pair of French anglers found. It’s still not easy going on Lough Sheelin, and with the weather we’ve had, that’s no surprise. Nevertheless there was a small increase in the numbers of fish caught last week and there were good hatches of small black buzzer early last week with anglers reporting some fish showing when the wind dropped. There were good hatches of fly on both Corrib and Mask last week and anglers reported some lovely fishing when conditions were suitable.
Ballyhaunis Angling Club finished off their winter league in style on the River Suck. Both pole and feeder helped the eventual winner make up a bag of over 17kg. Tough conditions on Sunday at Lurgan meant that catches there were more modest and the winning bag weighed in at 2.280kg. It was a similar story at Lough Muckno and though the anglers fished hard, changing tactics and approach depending on the changing conditions, the best bag at NADA winter league final on Sunday was 3.400kg.
IFI is in the process of reviewing the national policies for the management of bass, pike and trout. This process was initiated in January 2016 and includes the examination of:
- The current stock management programme, including resource usage, fish transfer and health and safety;
- Marketing and socio-economic information to include actual and potential economic value;
- Scientific information to provide advice and to consider the scientific merits of the processes being currently undertaken.
An important element of each review will be a public consultation process which will be announced later in 2016. The consultations will ensure that anglers and other stakeholders have sufficient time to consider the existing policies and make submissions that will inform their review. For more information see: IFI undertaking review of Bass, Pike and Trout Policies
Anglers hoping to get out at the weekend are advised to get the winter woolies back out if they have already put them away. Met Eireann tells us that there will be more cold weather over the weekend with frosty nights. Although there will be some showers on Friday night and Saturday it will become drier for Sunday and for the early and middle days of next week. It’s not all bad.
Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.
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Salmon fishing reports
- A few salmon being met in the Bandon
- Slow but some super fish landed on the Slaney
- Specimen Sea Trout on the drift and some nice salmon from the Currane
- A mixed week on Delphi
- Good number of anglers on the Drowes over the weekend but fish were shy
Trout fishing reports
- Great fish and a chance to win at Ardaire Springs
- Improved fly hatches and great fishing on Lough Mask
- Excellent fishing both trolling and on wet fly on the Corrib
- Strong winds and snow flurries on Lough Melvin make fishing difficult
- Good catches earlier in the week on Lough Sheelin
- French Visitors Enjoy Some Early Season Trout Fishing in the Boyne Valley
- Anglers try their dry flies to catch that big steelhead at Cahel Trout Fishery
Coarse angling reports
- Peter Walsh wins NADA winter league at cold Muckno
- The magnetism of Inniscarra Lake
- Lurgan Coarse Angling Club search for the ‘Angler of the year’
- Good bags of Hybrids and Roach on the river Suck
- €1,000 for winner at the River Suck Angling coarse festival
Sea angling reports
- Hello again. Tagged bass recaptures in Kerry
- Nice flounders for the Connaught men
- Late Run Decides the Third Blackrock SAC Master Angler Competition in Wicklow
- Angling Boost With €50,000 Fun for Midlands Fisheries Development – Afloat.ie
- Green light at last for Bandon’s flood scheme – The Southern Star
- Record set for biggest cod caught by British angler – Irish Times
- Limerick Man Convicted Of Illegal Fishing On River Shannon – Afloat.ie
- Angling Group Nominations Sought For National Inland Fisheries Forum – Afloat.ie
- Antrim firm Northstone fined for polluting salmon river – Belfast Telegraph
- All Ireland Canal Championship 2016 on Royal Canal May bank holiday weekend
- Belmont Open, 17 April – Cash prizes
- IFI is recruiting: Programme Director, Communications Manager
- IFI announces €50,000 fund for angling development in Midlands
- Man convicted of illegal fishing on the River Shannon
- IFI undertaking review of Bass, Pike and Trout Policies
- ESRI Angler Research Panel
- IFI launches report of Lough Ree fish stock assessment