Barry Kelly, IFI Ballina brings us the MOY CATCHMENT ANGLING REPORT for week ending 08/08/21

Heavy rain and thunder bursts brought the Moy and all the rivers in the catchment into flood, flushing out the low warm water that dampened salmon angling the week previous.  Water levels at Ballylahan Bridge on Monday morning read 0.297m and rose to 2.119m on Sunday night.  Finally, water temperatures fell to 15˚ Celsius by Sunday. This rise in water levels saw a lot of grilse move through the system with 454 salmon caught for the week with a decent percentage released.

River Moy salmon
Ronan Healy, Toomore Foxford with his first Atlantic salmon

The Moy Fishery reported 13 grilse from the Ridge Pool while 3 grilse were reported caught in the Cathedral Beat.

Ballina Salmon Anglers reported an impressive 132 salmon due to the rising waters which attracted a lot of anglers.

Mount Falcon Fishery produced 15 grilse.

Attymass reported 5 grilse caught for the week.

Knockmore Salmon Anglers had 14 grilse.

Coolcronan Fishery reported an impressive 9 grilse, caught mostly spinning.

River Moy salmon
Sean Gorey from Northern Ireland with a 5.5 lbs salmon caught on the worm in Coolcronan Fishery

Byrne’s Fishery reported 4 salmon for the week.

Gannon’s Fishery recorded 21salmon in their waters.

Foxford Fishery produced 28 grilse mostly caught on worms and spinning.

Foxford Salmon Anglers produced 122 grilse from their waters with a high number released.

Reports from the Foxford town section indicate that at least 18 grilse were caught.

Cloongee Fishery reported 7 grilse with 4 released, all caught on bubble and fly.

East Mayo Anglers produced 50 salmon for the week of which 10 were released.

Reports from Lough Conn indicate that 2 salmon were caught trolling with only a few anglers on the lake in line with the usual pattern for this time of year.