Kevin O’Boyle reports from the Moy Catchment…
MOY CATCHMENT ANGLING REPORT
Week ending 27/06/21
Another cool week in the west with temperatures only rising to 15° Celsius. Heavy showers through the week accumulated in a heavy day’s rain on Thursday, resulting in a slight flood in the upper Moy on Friday. The good news is that salmon numbers are up while trout angling has petered off a little, typical for the time of year. Three fisheries in the Moy catchment had over 90 salmon for the week, bringing the total catch for the week to a record 554 salmon, with a good percentage of these salmon released again.
The Moy Fishery reported 96 salmon for the week, all on the fly and mostly grilse. The first reported catch of a Pacific pink salmon in Ireland this year was on the Ridge Pool on 27th June. Anglers are being asked to report any further catches of Pacific pink salmon to Inland Fisheries Ireland and to assist with research efforts by following these steps:
- Keep the Pacific pink salmon and do not release it back into the water, even in rivers that are only open for ‘catch and release’ angling.
- Record the date and location of capture, and the length and weight of the fish.
- Take a photograph of the fish and keep a copy of the image.
- Tag the fish and please report it to Inland Fisheries Ireland as soon as possible by telephoning 0818 34 74 24. Inland Fisheries Ireland will arrange collection of Pacific pink salmon catches for further analysis and will also promptly issue replacement tags to anglers.
Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 50 salmon for the week, all grilse.
Mount Falcon reported 4 salmon for the week.
Knockmore Anglers had 5 while Attymass waters produced 3 salmon for the week.
Byrnes Fishery reported 1 salmon caught.
Coolcronan Fishery had 2 salmon for the week.
George Armstrong reported 22 salmon from Armstrong’s Fishery, the best weighing 8 lbs., caught on the prawn.
Gannon’s Fishery had 11 salmon for the week.
The Foxford Fishery produced 81 salmon for the week.
Foxford Salmon Anglers had 96 salmon from their two fisheries, Rinnaney accounting for 48 and Baker’s accounting for another 48 fish.
Foxford town had 20 salmon for the week.
The Cloongee Fishery reported 48 salmon caught for the week.
East Mayo Anglers reported 92 salmon for the week, the best from Stephen Bailie, Northern Ireland for 12 lbs. caught on the fly. Thirty-three of these fish were released.
Seven salmon were reported caught at Pontoon Bridge mostly on the prawn, while Cathal Hoban, Islandeady had a 4.5 lbs salmon on the fly.
At least 15 salmon were reported caught on Lough Conn, mostly trolling, but a few to the fly.
Very low water levels on the River Deel only produced 1 salmon for the week.