Lanesborough has come alive in the last couple of days. The River Shannon at Lanesborough is not immune to the effects of the weather but it looks like the fish have had enough of the cold and are just getting on with it. Paul Waghorne, back in Ireland again for his annual angling pilgrimage, has endured a tough couple of weeks to date, and though the weather has not improved much the fishing certainly has. Paul tells us that already since Monday, when he had the the first reports of roach building up and even some spawning activity, there have been two of the best nets of fish reported from any coarse venue in Ireland this year.

Andy Burnett from Elphin 7lb 1oz Bream from an estimated net of 90-100lbs Caught on the bush swim
Andy Burnett from Elphin 7lb 1oz Bream from an estimated net of 90-100lbs. Caught on the bush swim. Courtesy of Paul Waghorne

Andy Burnett from Elphin is currently on the river bank at the Bush Swim with an estimated net of 90-100lbs so far. Amongst his haul is a superb bream of 7lb 1oz. Yesterday Paul and Richard from York, who are staying at Melview Lodge in Drumlish, amassed a total weight of just over 100lbs. The best fish was a Bream of 5lbs 15oz. When Paul weighed the nets it came as a surprise to see they both had 23k so he declared a draw.
Over on the Roscommon bank Peter Wood claimed between 30 – 40 lbs made up exclusively of male Roach, some of which were touching a pound. Upstream of Peter was Philip Fox who had a similar weight but with bonus females.
It’s really great to report that the Hotwater Stretch is back in business. The weather isn’t great for the weekend, but with fishing like that you’d probably still be grinning despite the cold.

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Due to the biosecurity risks posed by the Asian Clam populations anglers can only use the specially provided keep-nets, available both sides of the bridge – from the Daybreak Filling Station, Ballyleague and Bridie Holmes Fishing Tackle Shop, Lanesborough.