It was another bright, dry week, which with cooler temperatures and a wind that was always up at the wrong times, meant fishing was tough for the most part both on rivers, lakes and at sea. Having said that, there’s generally always a place and time when it comes right, as this week’s reports show…

Cracking salmon landed on the fly and released safely on the Blackwater by John Paul Williamson at Fortwilliam

Lots of news in from the Moy system as heavy showers last week saw a bit of a flood on the river, and 143 salmon were reported. There was also some good sea trout fishing enjoyed on the Estuary. With reports of a decent head of fish moving into the river now, the weekend’s forecast should make for a good bank holiday. Just in time for the angler planning a trip to the Moy is the latest podcast from Ireland on the Fly featuring Paddy McDonnell, who unlocks the mysteries of the Moy

Heading west, the news in from Carrowmore Lake is that after weeks of high winds, the lake has settled again, and anglers are back on the water. Water clarity has improved, and sea trout and grilse are running in good numbers.

Currane anglers endured a week of tough fishing conditions, and only a couple of salmon were reported. In other news for the lough, a new online survey has been developed by IFI for the Currane catchment to gather anglers’ knowledge – the survey method called FLEKSI was developed by IFI to help give an insight into the status of the fishery. Currane Anglers are needed for Citizen Science survey to examine fish stocks

The River Bandon, like so many other rivers, remained low last week. Not many fish are running the system, but there is always a chance of a salmon at the bottom of the river, and 6 fish were reported last week. With plenty of rain on the way, the fishing should improve.

Anglers on the Munster Blackwater have been getting some great fish on the lower part of the river. There were some exceptionally good quality salmon being reported, but no grilse.

The gleam of Sheelin gold

Last week’s cool and breezy weather put a dampener on Mayfly fishing on lakes all across Ireland. Whether it was Conn and Cullin, Lough Sheelin or Lough Carra, the results were much the same, with frustration being the common theme. That’s not to say no good fish were had. There were trout to 9lb on dry fly on Sheelin, Carra turned up trout to 4lb on wets, and more than a few anglers on Conn and Cullin had trout to 2lb and over.

In the news from the rivers, the Nore fished very well at the weekend. There were decent hatches of fly, and the fish rose well. Good reports also came in from the Boyne, and in other river news, development works are planned for spawning streams in the Mask and Carra catchments.

Dara Finnegan took the honours at the Ballinamore Festival

Coarse anglers had some great festival fishing last week. The Ballinamore Angling Festival 2022 came to a close on Friday, with Roscommon angler Dara Finnegan winning with a decent 53.100kg for his five days of fishing. Marco Hoffman caught 23.450kg on the last day of Inniscarra’s Ottewill Trophy to win the competition with a total of 50.860kg. Staying in Cork, the winner of the 2022 Fermoy Spring Angling is Cedric Baldwin with 38lb 10ozs for the three days. Cedric also won this festival the last time it was fished in 2022.

Lough Gowna Produced some good pike got the Go and Catch club

The Lithuanian “Go&Catch” Fishing Club held a predator competition on Lough Gowna. The anglers had a fine time with pike to over 100cm landed. American tourists fishing on Lough Erne had a great guided trip with some super pike landed. Not too far away in Longford, six Dutch anglers managed 64 pike between them during 3 days of fishing, the largest being 92cm.

Frank Hall with the first specimen hound of the year for Wicklow Boat Charters wins Catch of the Week

Starting on the east coast, specimen smooth-hound specialist Kit Dunne has reported the first specimen hound of the year for Wicklow Boat Charters. Tope to 1.5m have also been caught and released. In the south and south west spurdogs to specimen size featured in catches for charterboat anglers. Some big ling and skate were landed on the Silver Dawn out of Courtmacsherry. Further west, anglers fishing with Deep Sea Charters out of Glandore and Union Hall had skate and a good mix of species. Fishing from a smaller vessel David Norman had pollack to 80cm on soft plastics. Lastly shore anglers around the edges of Killala Bay had some decent rock fishing at Kilcummin and Downpatrick Head.

Stay safe

The Bank Holiday is likely to see many anglers take to the water for the first time this year. In your rush to have a good time, don’t forget to have a safe time: Remember your Angling Safety Checklist this June Bank Holiday Weekend.

Other News

Webinar: As part of World Environment Day – #OnlyOneEarth, we are hosting a webinar where Declan Cooke will outline the important role of restoring habitats in Irish rivers. Webinar takes place on Jun 5, 2022 12:00 PM. Find out more at register at Webinar: Habitat Restoration in Irish Rivers – World Environment Day

EIFAAC Symposium: The 2022 EIFAAC Symposium- Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – Advances in Technology, Stock Assessment and Citizen Science in an Era of Climate Change is being hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications in association with the FAO on the 20th and the 21st of June 2022 in Randles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry. For more information and registration see EIFAAC SYMPOSIUM

Lee Brown Tag Draw: To boost conservation efforts, anglers who wish to catch and keep wild salmon from the Lower River Lee in Cork this year, are being reminded by Inland Fisheries Ireland that ‘brown tag’ regulations are in force until the season closes on 30th September 2022.  Thirty eight ‘brown tags’ for the Lower River Lee will be issued on Monday, 13th June 2022 and the deadline to enter online draw is 5pm on Thursday, 10th of June 2022.

And now the weather

Dry and sunny in many areas on Saturday, cloudier in southern parts, however, with well-scattered showers there. Highest temperatures ranging from 14 to 20°C, coolest in the east and warmest in the west with moderate easterly winds.

Scattered showers from Saturday night turning heavy at times on Sunday, especially in the south and east of the country. Some sunny spells too. Highest temperatures of 14 to 19°C, warmest in the west, in light to moderate easterly winds. Lowest temperatures 8 to 11°C.

More scattered showers in Munster and Leinster for Bank Holiday Monday, sunnier in the west and north. Highest temperatures of 14 to 18°C, warmest in the northwest. Winds light and variable. No one’s a fan of easterly winds, but the rain will be welcomed by many who have been waiting for a flood of some sort. Looks like Monday will be good for all anglers.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland. If you’re heading to the coast, don’t forget to check the tides.

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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