Kevin O’Boyle reports from the River Moy…


Week ending 15/08/21

Heavy rainfall and wind brought floods and high-water levels to the Moy catchment. Water levels recorded at Ballylahan Bridge on Monday morning read 1.724 m and as the week went on the water levelled back to 0.677m by Sunday night.  Water temperatures returned to more normal levels for the time of year settling around 13˚Celsius. The Moy catchment is fast approaching 6000 salmon caught so far this year with 577 salmon caught this past week alone with many released.

The Moy Fishery reported that the high-water levels combined with lower angling effort resulted in no fish being taken this week.

Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 95 grilse for the week.

Mount Falcon Fishery reported 51 grilse caught.

Attymass Anglers reported 28 grilse for the week.

Knockmore Salmon Anglers produced 47 grilse from their fishery.

Coolcronan Fishery had 22 grilse mostly caught on spinners and worms.

Byrne’s Fishery reported 22 salmon for the week.

Armstrong’s Fishery reported 29 grilse.

Gannon’s Fishery produced 11 grilse for the week.

The Foxford Fishery reported 39 salmon from their waters.

Foxford Salmon Anglers had a good week with 93 grilse for the week with even a seal paying them a visit!

Foxford Town produced approximately 30 grilse for the week.

Cloongee Fishery recorded 10 grilse with 4 released.

East Mayo Anglers reported 83 grilse caught with 27 of those released.

Reports from Lough Conn indicate that 7 grilse were caught trolling.

The high-water levels suited the River Deel with at least 10 salmon reported mostly upstream of Crossmolina town.

Martin Woods with his catch of a 5lbs grilse from East Mayo Anglers beat.

Invasive Pacific Pink Salmon

IFI would like to remind anglers to continue to report any catches of Pacific pink salmon 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 or 096 22788. Inland Fisheries Ireland will arrange collection of Pacific pink salmon catches for further analysis and will also promptly issue replacement tags to anglers.