Over the past seven days, rainfall amounts were well above average for all but some northern parts of the country. Total rainfall ranged from 25 to 70mm (1.3 to 4 times the normal amounts) with the southeast being the worst affected. The coming week will have much more settled conditions, with most places expected to have less than 10mm of rainfall which is 10 to 40% of the average.

The past week was also cooler than the average for all but some eastern areas, with average temperatures a degree below normal. The good news is that, for a change, we will have a warm and bright long weekend, with temperatures expected to reach the heady heights of 15°C in parts with good sunshine.

The forecast for Saturday – courtesy of Met Eireann

Anglers of Ireland – many of you have four days of mild and pleasant weather ahead, so get out there, wet a line in the sunshine and enjoy your St Patrick’s weekend. Please make the most of it as fine weather rarely lasts – and don’t forget to let us know how it goes – [email protected].

Sheelin gold

Bright sunshine and trout fishing tend not to go hand in hand, but the extra bit of warmth should help to bring on the hatches of duckfly that anglers on the midland and western loughs have been waiting for. In the meantime, anglers fishing with lures on both fly and spinning rods have done well, with some unusual lures doing the business.

Unusual lures doing the business in the midlands

Salmon angling has been slow this week after the heavy rain caused big rises in water levels on many rivers; however, the dry weather in the coming days mixed with dropping water levels should see an increase in activity on the rivers. It’s normally around this time of the year that we see the first reports of spring fish from the Boyne, so with water levels looking good around Navan, we hope to have something to report from there next week.

The Leinster Coarse Anglers gave it their best shot on Garadice last week, but strong winds and poor conditions hampered their efforts. The coarse angling festival spring season is now in full swing, with the St Patrick’s Festival on Inniscarra weighing in some good bags last weekend and the Muckno Patrick’s Festival due over the coming weekend. Muckno festival organisers are calling all coarse anglers to get involved in events held on the lough and help to secure a bright future for angling. They want to ensure that that recreational fishing is seen as a priority activity for both Lough Muckno and the Castleblayney area into the future. After this weekend, the Easter festival will be next on the calendar, so do contact the festival organisers and get involved.

Festival season on Muckno

There were fewer pike anglers out in recent weeks, with the ‘traditional’ pike season drawing to a close as seasons open up for other species. The Limerick Pike Anglers haven’t put their rods away yet though, thirteen hardy pikers turned up for their fifth round of the league over the weekend where fifteen pike were landed.

Some of our charter fleet are back in action and more will be taking to the water as the weather warms up and the strong winter winds ease off. If you’d like to take a trip on a charter boat near you for this coming season, please check out our directory and make a booking. On the shore, the Killybegs Mariners have been as active as ever, with some surprise catches of fine sea trout. Meanwhile, on the west coast, the Galway Bay SAC are holding the first leg of their Master Angler club league on Saturday March 26th on Renvyle beach. The club are recruiting new members so check out the GBSAC Facebook page for more details and contact information.

Back on the water in Galway

In Other News

Anglers have been flooding to help victims of the war in Ukraine via a raffle being run by regular contributor to these pages Marcin Kantor. Marcin has received pledges of prizes from numerous angling businesses around Ireland and he will be holding a raffle to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day so please support this good cause.

The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has opened a public consultation on Ireland’s Marine Strategy.

They’re inviting observations, views and comments on the review and development of Ireland’s Marine Strategy Part 3: Programme of Measures, under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD, 2008/56/EC). Read about it and how to make a submission here.

And now the weather

Wednesday night will be mainly dry with clear spells and lows of -2°C to +2°C with frost and icy patches. Light to moderate southerly breezes freshening along the west coast overnight.

St Patrick’s Day will be mostly cloudy with showery rain moving eastwards across the country, breezy from the west but brightening through the afternoon. Highs of 9°C to 13°C with overnight lows of -2°C to +2°C in light breezes.

Friday will be mild and dry with good sunny spells with temps of 10°C to 15°C and moderate south to southeast breezes, coolest along south and east coasts. Friday night will be dry and clear with a light to moderate southeasterly breeze. Lowest temperatures of 3°C to 6°C.

Saturday will be dry and mild with sunny spells. Highs of 10°C to 15°C with light to moderate southeasterly breezes. Showers will move up from the southeast overnight with a possibility of isolated thunderstorms. Lows of 1°C to 6°C.

Showers will clear to the west on Sunday morning and the day will be mainly dry with sunny spells. Continuing mild with highs of 10°C to 14°C and moderate east to southeast breezes.

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.

Paul O’Reilly
Catch, Photo, Release

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