Ronan Cusack reports that Lough Mask was in good form over the past few days despite the recent return to cold and unsettled weather. Water levels remain high and painfully slow to subside as the rainfall continues. Reasonable hatches of sedge have been complemented by the odd olive and Campto buzzer in recent days, keeping trout interested and on the move.

Hall’s Angling Centre ( a busy week with anglers this week, reporting some good catches. Owen Shanley from Dublin fished out of Hall’s on Saturday and Sunday of last weekend and he had 14 keepers for the two days. Alan Morgan from the UK, also fishing from Hall’s on Saturday had 8 trout (best fish 2.5lbs). Local angler Frank Doyle had a red letter day on Sunday, boating 10 trout over the legal size limit. Frank was also fishing out from Hall’s.

Father and son Frank and Oisin Reilly from Lough Corrib had a very productive day on Mask on Saturday last. Frank reported boating in excess of 30 trout on wet-flies, with approximately 10 weighing between 1lb and 2.5lbs.

Mask regulars Tom Sweeney and Mick Hegarty from Cork fished on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week and they had 11 good fish pulling wets. The lads also reported meeting numerous undersize trout over the couple of days. Dennis Waters fished out from Kilbride on Sunday last in wintry conditions. Dennis boated 6 keepers and several undersize pulling wet-flies. Tourmakeady angler Liam Conroy had 4 on Tuesday, again on wet-flies (best fish 1.5lbs).

Donegal angler Shane Gallagher fished out of Dringeen Bay and had 13 good fish between 1-3lbs for his day on Sunday, all fish coming to a size 12 Pearly Green Dabbler fished on the point.

The outlook for the next week is for more broken weather with low temperatures.