Glenda Powell of Blackwater Salmon Fishery reports:

Congratulations to Piet Du Toit from South Africa, who caught a beautiful sea-liced Spring salmon on his first day fishing today.
Piet caught and released his first salmon on Wednesday. Not only was it his first day fishing for salmon, but it was his first spring fish, double figured, and sea-liced. This is the fish of many dreams.
After a long discussion with Noel and myself, explaining to Piet that you could fish for weeks and not catch a spring fish, or you could catch one on the next cast, Piet hooked what he thought was the bottom again, until it moved………….After a nerve-racking fight the fish was landed, photographed and returned.

Piet Du Toit
Piet Du Toit

The river is now 0.68 m at the gauge on Ballyduff Bridge. The clarity is perfect for fishing and the height is ideal for fly-fishing and spinning. A lot of places are wadeable at this height – although caution is needed in some areas. Congratulations also goes to Eanna Murphy who caught his first kelt today. He was fishing the fly in O’Gorman’s Pool on Kents and was casting from the bank. The conditions for the next few days and the weekend look great to catch a few more Spring Fish.

Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

Go Fishing…

Blackwater Salmon Fishery

Blackwater Salmon Fishery has 3 beats downstream of the weir and 2 upstream of the weir. Blackwater Salmon Fishery offers fishing on approximately 5 miles of the river Blackwater. The fishing is spread throughout the middle section of the river to offer good sport throughout the fishing season. Due to the location of the beats, fishing can still usually be offered in low or high water.

Contact Glenda Powell: Lismore, Co Waterford,

Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +353 (0) 872351260 Telephone: +353 (0) 5853929

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Fortwilliam’s fishery manager Paul Whelan reports:


Water levels on the river are good and ideal for spinning and fly fishing. With the weather forecast improving over the the next week water levels are expected to drop further making the river perfect for catching a spring fish.

Gauge 0.68

Contact Paul Whelan, Fishery Manager on 087 829 2077

Go fishing…

Fortwilliam Fishery & Self-Catering Cottages
Fortwilliam Fishery, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland
Web: Email: [email protected]
Tel: (00353) 87 8292077 or 058 75299