Storm Gareth limited fishing effort and success for much of the last week

Rainfall amounts were at least twice the average in nearly all parts of the country during the past 7 days. West Ulster and parts of northwest Munster had over 250% of normal amounts for this time of year, with much of west Ulster receiving over 60mm of rainfall. The rain made for flooded venues and the cold and unpleasant conditions put many anglers off heading out in any event.

Apart from the rain (and there was a fair bit of hail and snow at times too) it was a very windy week. Storm Gareth brought gusts of wind to over 130kmph and so it is no surprise that the sea conditions were not suited to fishing from shore or boat.

Stephen Prendiville releases his salmon

We have only a bare handful of angling reports in which is not surprising at all. Catch of the week goes to Stephen Prendiville on the River Feale for his salmon caught and released at the weekend. Fishing on the Feale has not been easy as the levels have not settled yet as showers keep the floods topped up. Staying with salmon angling, the Delphi fishery reports a great start to March with 4 fish caught, but high water has limited catches since then. Surprisingly there were a few fish from Waterville too as salmon were landed from the river and lake during a couple of brief opportunities on Friday and Saturday.

Eamonn Bracken with a Barrow navigation canal perch

Eamon Bracken fished through atrocious conditions on Sunday to catch 10.10 kg of roach, dace and perch from the Barrow Canal. Also in his catch (but of course not counted) was a recovering salmon kelt that took a bit of landing on the pole. Andrew Seaburnett fished in Leitrim but the conditions were similar. He did well to catch 55 fish for 7lb 9oz, enough for a win in his competition which was the final of the Lanesborough Anglers winter league. The win gave him the points he needed to win the league overall for a great end to a rotten day.

RTÉ Radio Junior broadcast fishy show for anglers and budding ecologists

RTÉ’s Radio Junior will broadcast it’s Hidden Worlds Programme this coming Tuesday 19th of March at 7pm.

This week’s episode focuses on Ireland’s lakes and rivers with the children learning about the fish and wildlife which live within our waters. They will also be introduced to fishing by Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative Co-Ordinator Rory Keatinge.

It’s definitely one for any budding anglers or ecologists out there!

Tune in live at:


And now for the Weather..

Cold and unsettled weather is forecast for the weekend, with a risk of wintry rain, hail and sleet, especially in the north and northwest and also some frost. After a cold and miserable Saturday, Sunday will be a cold, breezy day, with sunny spells and scattered showers. Maximum temperatures 7 to 10 Celsius, in moderate to fresh northwesterly winds. There is not expected to be much change to the weather pattern for the next week as it remains unsettled, with most areas again likely to see over twice the average rainfall amounts, and three times the average possible in parts of the east.

As we go to press there are 2 weather warnings in place:

  • Status Yellow – Snow-ice warning for Donegal
    A spell of snow on Friday night and early Saturday morning will lead to poor driving conditions and accumulations of up to 3 cm. On high ground accumulations are likely to be greater.
  • Status Yellow – Gale Warning
    Westerly gales will develop again tonight on all Irish coastal waters and on the Irish Sea.

Here’s to all the anglers who mark St Patrick’s Day by taking to the river. Once you’ve got all the rain gear on, try a fly with a bit of green in it for the day that’s in it!

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release


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