Water levels remained inexplicably high in Galway over the last week, despite the lake being relatively low, as the OPW kept 4 sluice gates open on the weir in dry summer conditions. Water levels have now dropped to 2 gates open, which is much more conducive to angling, and I would expect improved sport this week.

There were 11 fish landed for the week, the highlight being Ben Breen’s 13.5lbs springer taken on fly. Ben, from Dublin, also had a 5.5lbs grilse on fly during his visit.

Galway man Eoin Trill landed a 5lbs grilse on shrimp, while Mullingar man Gary Kilroy took a fine 9.5lbs salmon on spinner. Tipperary visitor John Ryan had a lovely 11lbs springer on fly, and Tuam angler Brian O’Rourke continued his good form with a 6.5lbs fish on shrimp. Regular angler Michael Leonard fished the shrimp and landed a fine 9lbs spring fish, while Peter Monahan had 2 grilse of 4lbs and 5.5lbs, both taken on shrimp. There were also grilse for John O’Sullivan, who had a 4lbs fish on shrimp, and Michael Dix from the People’s Republic of Cork, with a 5.5lbs fly-caught fish.

The grilse are appearing in better numbers by the day, which hopefully bodes well for  good summer run, but there are still plenty of spring fish coming in as well, so fishing prospects are pretty good for the coming week.