Late August – a time when the Rose of Tralee festival signals the approaching end of summer holidays, when apples ripen on the trees ,and when game anglers start to get anxious about making the most of the last few weeks of the season. While schoolchildren look forward to the return of lessons (do they really?!), pike anglers look forward to cooler waters and the return of hard-feeding pike, and sea anglers to reaping the benefits of  warmer sea temperatures. For now though, some just want to enjoy the last few days of freedom…

Low Water

While we did see some heavy showers last weekend, and some more showers this week, rainfall amounts have not been enough to raise river levels, and salmon reports are sparse. One salmon and a few sea trout were reported from Lough Currane, where sunshine and low water kept most anglers at home. A late report for the Galway Fishery indicated good fishing for the month of July, despite the warm weather. The active East Mayo Anglers club held a fantastic Youth Angling event, which saw young anglers given casting lessons, flytying demos and an introduction to aquatic insects.

Sea Angling

With rivers and lakes, so low, sea angling was the main attraction this week, and we have reports of great fishing from all around the coast. Sea temperatures are nearing their maximum now, with all the summer species feeding hard, and the next month or two will see the best sea angling of the year.

There were reports of great reef fishing from Galway Bay, which more than made up for the lull in shark activity during the warm weather. Over in Wicklow, being blown off a deep water wrecking trip had a silver lining, as fishing in shelter produced a specimen smooth hound for one lucky angler with Wicklow Boat Charters. In west Cork, the warm water produced 22 species for anglers with Tom Collins and Sea Angling Charters, as well as blue and porbeagle shark.

A young angler had a great bass fishing session at Youghal, while over in Belmullet, the two-day shore angling festival was a great success. There was great mixed species fishing on the Sioux, out of Valentia, while in west Clare anglers on the Clare Dragoon enjoyed great sport on light gear, as well as some bigger, toothy critters.

A lovely well-fed bass for Rikus


Catch of the Week

Another young angler, 9-year-old Sean Scott from Co. Tipperary had a memorable day when he landed a 60cm trout on Lough Derg while trolling for pike. The beautiful fish was carefully handled and released by Sean, who gets our Catch of the Week!

Festival Scene

Coarse angling festivals are in full swing, with Inniscarra Reservoir particularly busy this week, where one man, Cathal Hughes has been dominating proceedings. Can he be stopped? Great bream fishing was reported from Cavan, and some UK visitors enjoyed great sport in Co. Longford. Lough Muckno in Co. Monaghan was another venue to produce good fishing for competition anglers in the FeederKing series.


Pike angling often takes a backseat in the warmer summer weather, but luckily predator anglers can target perch successfully at this time of year. One such angler, Artur “Pikeseeker” had some great perch on a recent trip to the River Barrow.

In other news…

Sea Angling Diary App

Inland Fisheries Ireland has partnered with Esri Ireland to create a smartphone app for sea anglers. The Irish Marine Recreational Angling (IMREC) project is a citizen science collaboration, which will help scientists gain an understanding of Irish fish stocks. The app can be used every time you go fishing, recording such variables as weather, tide, etc so you can look back through your fishing sessions to identify the best times to fish certain locations. The survey team at IFI understand the importance of fishing marks to anglers. For this reason, the data is anonymised and your sessions will only be visible to you and the IMREC survey team.

Check out the Youtube videos below to see what it’s all about

If you would like to get involved, check out the IMREC page , or email [email protected] for more details.

Public Consultation

Great Western Lakes Management Plan

Last week recently launched the Draft Great Western Lakes Management Plan. Loughs Corrib, Mask, Carra, Conn, Cullin, Arrow and Sheelin are some of the best wild brown trout fisheries in Europe and are collectively known as the Great Western Lakes. Inland Fisheries Ireland wishes to develop a long term management plan for these lakes to address many of the factors currently impacting on the ecological wellbeing of native fish stocks in their catchments.

For more information, including the draft plan, a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, “open evenings” and how to participate in the public consultation and have your voice heard, check out the web page here:  Western Lakes Plan

The next open evenings will take place on:

Tuesday 6th September: Monsignor Horan Memorial Centre, Partry Commuity Centre, Co Mayo F12 KF86

Wednesday 7th September: Anglers Rest Hotel, Headford, Co Galway H91 PN77

Thursday 8th September: Courthouse, Oughterard, Co Galway H91 CC96

Tuesday 13th September: Crover House Hotel, Mount Nugent, Co Cavan A82 P2D9

No tickets or registration is required and all open evenings are operating on a ‘drop-in’ basis from 4pm to 8pm.

And now the weather…

Sunny weather in the west will extend slowly eastwards leaving a mainly dry evening with sunny spells for all. Highest temperatures 15 to 20 degrees, warmest in the south, in mainly light northwesterly breezes.

Saturday, will be mainly dry with sunny spells, the best in the southeast, cloudier conditions in the northwest may bring a little drizzle at times early in the day. Highest temperatures 17 to 21 degrees with winds light and variable.

Sunday to Tuesday looks set fair for outdoor activities, with just isolated showers, temperatures of 17-22 degrees and light easterly winds. The weather may turn unsettled from Wednesday on, just in time for the return to school!
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.

IFI Staff

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