The Galway Fishery reopened on Monday the 18th of April for anglers living in Co. Galway. Water levels had been high, at 4 gates, but dropped to 2 gates last week, ideal for spinning. Local angler Sean O’Toole was on the morning shift that day, and it took him just 4 casts with the spinning rod to find the first salmon of 2021. A fine springer of 11.75lbs was the prize, and Sean was a very happy man, despite having a very short morning fishing!

Over the days since, more salmon have been landed, nearly all of a very good size, averaging over 10lbs, and mostly caught on the spinner. Among the anglers to land fish were Jon Menzies from Loughrea and Fergal Cormican from Rosscahill. Sean O’Toole had another fish, almost identical in size to his first, and Phil Donoghue also landed a springer. While conditions were tough for fly fishing, Declan Tuffy landed the first fish on fly last Sunday, a nice 7.5lbs fish.

As we await news of the country reopening, fishing remains open to anglers living in Co. Galway for the moment, but as soon as inter-country travel is permitted, anglers from further afield will be welcome. To inquire about fishing availability, contact the fishery at 091 562388, or email seamus.hartigan@fisheriesireland.ie