On a cold Monday afternoon, 5th March 2018, while most of the country was still struggling with the severe weather, Mr. James Allman caught the first salmon on the River Feale in Listowel. Weighing in at 9 1/2 lbs, Mr. Allman caught this fresh bar of silver ‘on the fly’.

The season commenced on the 1st March 2018 amid the ‘Beast from the East’ snowfall and the Storm Emma weather alert. The local Inland Fisheries Ireland Assistant Inspector, Paddy Halpin, commented that not many anglers were fishing due to the conditions, but that it was encouraging to see that salmon were already moving up to the system.

  Photo: James Allman proudly shows off the first River Feale salmon catch

Amanda Mooney, the local Director of Inland Fisheries Ireland, hoped that with an early salmon catch on the River Feale it might encourage more anglers out to the river banks and may augur well for a good season ahead.

The River Feale operates a brown tag system, which can be obtained from the local fisheries staff.

Inland Fisheries Ireland would also like to ask the general public to report any suspicion of potential poaching or pollution to their confidential 24 hour hotline on 0818 34 74 24. All reports are treated in the strictest of confidentiality.