Lough Currane and River Inny updates from Vincent Appleby and the Waterville Lakes and Trust

8/8/18 Lough Currane and the Currane Anglers were all quiet in all departments this day. On the weather front wind West fresh with showers. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 16.3 c.

9/8/18 Lough Currane Anglers’ reels were as quiet as the Wild Atlantic Game fish as they laid in deeper waters of Currane in anticipation of a rainfall as we the Currane anglers are and just for the record the rainfall for Waterville tomorrow is approximately 1.2 mm, some flood. Wind SW fresh with reasonable cloud cover. Yesterday’s weather, maximum temperature 16.4 c.

10/8/18 The wind was in the West this day and my Noble  Currane anglers failed to record a Game fish to their name but in defence of the Currane Anglers I  have to confess it’s the weather that is making we anglers frustrated as well as the fish for the lack water in the Waterville system. Wind West fresh with bright sunshine all day, amount of rainfall forecasted for tomorrow for Waterville is 7.3 mm approximately?   Yesterday’s weather, amount of rainfall for Kerry was 2.5 mm. Maximum air temperature 16.7 c.

11/8/18 The Lough Currane anglers were hoping for some rain today, well you can say at least they got their heads wet with light misty rain throughout the day, sadly the rain was not enough to activate my Noble Wild Atlantic Game fish, so one can say without any fear of contradiction, we can finish today’s notes on a low water, if you get my drift. Talking of low waters,  here is a great video by Mr. Vincent Donnelly,  Paradise! Wind SE and veered SW light to fresh and overcast all day.

12/8/18 Nice Fishing conditions first thing this morning after a small bit of rain yesterday, but come midday the clouds vanished and the sun blazed down on the Currane anglers and I can tell you by the end of their day the Currane anglers were well browned off with the lack of action. I can tell you my honourable readers this writing is getting as difficult as catching a Wild Atlantic Game Fish, but we will stick at it, we may be stuck for fish, but I can tell you I have never been stuck for words, as of yet! Wind W light. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 18.6 c.

13/8/18  Low Pressure hits Waterville with light misty rain and overcast all day. I can tell you by the end of their days manipulations, the Lough Currane Anglers blood pressure was high, Doctor’s diagnosis lack of action in all departments, be it fly or troll and low water, that sums up today’s action. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 18.4c. NNW light and variable.

14/8/18 Lough Currane anglers fishing lines were very slack this day or you could say their reels were as dormant as the wild Lough Currane Fish. Wind WSW fresh and overcast and misty rain in the late afternoon. Yesterday’s weather, maximum air temperature 16.8 c.

Vincent Appleby

The Trust report

River Inny
Very low water in the Inny – but at least it’s cooling down!

As this unusual, long, hot summer gradually draws to a close, the Trust is currently trying to assess its impact on the freshwater ecology of the Cummeragh Catchment. Apart from a complete lack of rainfall from mid June up  until the last couple of weeks, which led to some of our critical sea trout spawning streams actually running dry, it seems the major impact on the catchment has been the excessive daytime temperatures, extending over such a prolonged period.

Water temperatures, which are taken daily in our hatchery, often exceeded 20 degrees and for the whole of one week exceeded 23 degrees! Needless to say this was detrimental to our juvenile salmon stock in the hatchery and we experienced well above average casualties. The principle cause of the casualties being the depletion of oxygen levels in the incoming water from Lough Derriana due to the high temperatures. Had our hatchery manager not seen the problem developing and split the remaining fry up into all the rearing tanks we have and thus providing a reduced oxygen demand from the fry in each tank, the casualties would have been catastrophic. Needless to say these temperatures were well outside the comfort zone of the fry in the hatchery (and the wild fry in the Cummeragh!) and resulted in drastically reduced feeding and consequential poor growth.

We find it interesting that the issues we meet running the Hatchery, are often a microcosm of those being experienced in our wild stocks.

We know that the water temperatures in the all the lakes in the catchment were at similar levels. At one point, the Kerry County Council water officer, who carries out regular water quality monitoring at various stations in each of the main lakes, recorded surface water temperatures of 23 degrees in Currane and that same day recorded 16 degrees at 40 meters! ( the deepest part of the lake).

So what conclusions can we draw from this unusual year? The scientists tell us that salmon are more able to cope with higher water temperatures than trout and the fact that small numbers of salmon have been caught on Currane throughout the period certainly bears this out, although the ethics of fishing for salmon which are at the extreme limit of their survival conditions may need to be questioned.

By contrast the sea trout were almost completely absent during the period. We already had a sea trout crisis on our hands, before the hot weather, so we will be closely monitoring the situation as we move into September

Rod Robinson
Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust

Go fishing…

Vincent Appleby

Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel West, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 (0)66 9475248
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust

The Waterville Lakes & Rivers Trust, formed by concerned volunteers in 2016, is one of the new Rivers Trusts to be set up in Ireland and is currently aspiring to Charitable Status. Its remit is to protect the fresh and coastal waters of the Iveragh Peninsula.

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The rivers and lakes of Waterville drain a large catchment and are regarded by many as the foremost Salmon and Sea-Trout fishery in the country. The lake system is well developed with access to boats and guides being readily available to the tourist angler. The Sea-Trout caught here are renowned for their size and quantity. For more details see