Double rainbows for Sheelin

A glorious weekend for some was followed by changeable weather for the early days of this week. With the improvement in temperatures has come an increase in angling activity, and more reports coming in – great to see!

Salmon fishing is really picking up now, with several fisheries reporting their first salmon, including the Erriff and Inagh fisheries, while the Moy continues to produce good numbers of spring fish. Delphi is having a great season so far, with 44 fish landed for April, well ahead of their average and the best since 2011.

Alan Coles with the first spring salmon from the Erriff
Alan Coles with the first spring salmon from the Erriff

Mayfly hatches are only really starting now on most of the lakes, and it will be next week at least before the main hatch is in full swing. An old observation said that the mayfly came with the whitethorn blossom, and the whitethorn tree outside my window still looks very green! Olive hatches and buzzer fishing in the meantime have provided good sport, with some lovely fish off Sheelin and Corrib in particular.

A quick picture before being released for Matthew Griffith
A quick picture before being released for Matthew Griffith

Sea angling has produced some nice pollack and coalfish this week, with the Catch of the Week a rare megrim from the Killybegs Mariners on a boat trip in Donegal Bay.

The rare megrim, which wins our Catch of the Week
The rare megrim, which wins our Catch of the Week

Pike fishing has been excellent on Lough Derg recently, with many fish to over 1 metre recorded by guides and their clients, while Mick Flanagan also reports good piking on Lough Ree. The festival season is in full swing now in the coarse angling scene, and good bags were reported from the 3-day Suck Valley Festival which was won by Rory Dunne with 32.300kgs. The All-Ireland Canal Championships also saw some good bags from the Grand Canal, with Fint Brennan taking the honours with 13.95kg.

106cm pike
Cha Guillaune from France had 9 with 106cm personal best.

On a sad note, the Lough in Cork City experienced a significant fish kill, with many of the large carp in the lake dead or dying in recent days. Dead carp have also been reported from Belvelly Lake in Cobh. While laboratory tests are ongoing to ascertain the cause of the fish kill, these and other fisheries have closed in order to prevent the spread of disease. We would remind all anglers and, in particular, those who may have fished the affected waters in the last number of weeks, to follow appropriate disinfection procedures for all gear and to comply with local notices and bio-security measures.

And now the weather…

It’s back to wet and windy weather tomorrow, with heavy rain and gales forecast. Small boat warnings are in effect so sea anglers in particular should not be on the water. With the rain clearing later tomorrow, cool and showery weather is forecast for the weekend, but more settled weather and a recovery to normal temperatures will follow early next week. Wherever you’re planning to fish, pack your rain gear and stay safe!

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Kevin Crowley
Catch, Photo, Release

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