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Hot spell coupled with low water sees drop off in salmon catches on the Moy


Kevin O’Boyle reports on the week’s fishing on the Moy catchment:

251 salmon reported caught in the Moy catchment for the last week. Water levels were low for the week. Levels at Ballylahan Bridge on Monday morning were recorded at 0.326m and slowly dropped off to 0.227m on Sunday night. Water temperatures taken from www.waterlevel.ie reached 11.6˚ Celsius at Ballylahan and water temperatures lower down the system at Rahans increased incrementally during the week reaching a maximum of 13.5˚ Celsius.

The Moy Fishery recorded 22 salmon and one sea trout for the week, all caught on the fly. Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 20 grilse from 2-5 lbs mostly caught on the worm. Mount Falcon Fishery reported 20 salmon for the week, all caught on the fly. Knockmore Salmon Anglers recorded 3 grilse for the week. Attymass Anglers reported 2 grilse, the best weighing 5 lbs. Coolcronan Fishery had 4 grilse for the week mostly caught on the prawn and spinning.

Hilbe Stefan, Austria about to release a salmon on the Cathedral Beat of the Moy Fishery

Armstrong’s Fishery reported 9 salmon for the week mostly caught on the worm and shrimp. Gannon’s Fishery had 6 salmon for the week. The Foxford Fishery reported 57 grilse, mostly caught spinning. Foxford Salmon Anglers reported 23 from their waters. Reports from Foxford town waters say that at least 7 grilse were caught for the week. Cloongee Fishery reported 21 grilse for the week with 13 released. East Mayo Anglers recorded 51 salmon for the week, with 37 released. Some 5 lbs grilse were reported caught but most ranged from 3 to 4 lbs weight. Fly and worm were best methods.

Reports from the River Deel suggest that at least 1 salmon was reported caught.

At least 2 salmon were reported caught on Lough Conn, trolling.