As would be expected angling effort on Lough Sheelin has been quite low over the last couple of weeks. An average of 3 to 5 boats per day have been fishing and catches are low. Hoewever, some trout are still being reported taken on dries and others on wets. Best fish reported was around three pounds taken on a dry.
Some of the evenings were warmer than during the mayfly period and rises are very infrequent and ofter on sheltered shores. However, the acrobatic performances of the trout are simply spectacular and great to see. Hopefully, they will come back on the take befor the end of the season.
Catch and release
A catch & release policy is actively encouraged on the lake at all times.
Extra care is needed when playing and releasing trout during periods of high water temperatures as additional stress at these times will decrease the survival rate of hooked and released fish.
BYE-LAW 949 strictly prohibits:
- The taking of any brown trout of less than 36 centimeters.
- For a person to fish with more than 2 rods at any one time.
- To fish with more than 4 rods at any one time when there is more than one person on board the boat concerned.
- For a person to take more than 2 trout per day.
- All trolling on the lake from March 1st to June 16th (inclusive).
- To fish or to attempt to take or to fish for, fish of any kind other than during the period from March 1st to October 12th in any year.
You can find additional information on Lough Sheelin in the following link https://fishinginireland.info/trout/shannon/sheelin/
Join the Club…
For anyone interested in joining Lough Sheelin’s Angling Club – The Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association please contact Thomas Lynch @ 087 9132033.
Guides and ghillies…
We would ask anglers and all other users to wear life jackets for their own safety as well as it being the law.
Life jackets are required by law – SI No 921 of 2005
Pleasure Craft (Personal Flotation Devices and Operation) (Safety) Regulations 2005. Water rarely gives second chances and a life jacket is just that – it saves your life. Please put on and keep on that life jacket until you are back on dry land.