Opening day on Corrib this year saw lowish water, mild water temperatures, and reports are that the trout were hungry and there was a very good take. Fishing at this time of year is dominated by trolling, either brickeens or artificial baits. Although the weather wasn’t great on the day, plenty of anglers hit the lake eager to get the season going.

Jasper Mathews from Wild Atlantic Angling Experiences had an opening day to remember. Although they only had one fish to the boat, it was a cracker. In Jasper’s own words: “Opening day on Corrib didn’t disappoint, just the one fish but don’t mind that when it is one like this. [We] trolled for a few hours, threw streamers for a few hours all in great company. Makes a big difference having a 2nd boatman in the boat, my friend Peter jumped on the oars to keep us off the rocks the second I hooked the fish and netted it expertly only for the hook to come out in the net, thanks Pete, top notch job. High chance I would have lost it on my own as messing with engines and reaching one handed with the net often gives the tiny bit of slack needed by a loosely hooked fish to throw the hook.

Jasper Mathews withis first trout of the 2022 season

After a day off for Storm Dudley, Jasper was back out again yesterday with Cian, a client, and although it was slow going, Cian had a lovely trout weighed at 4lbs 3oz.

Cian with a fine trout of 4lbs 3oz.

Elsewhere on the lake, Tomi Kurman (Tomi Guided Fishing) was out with fellow guide Jacek Gorny and the light spinning rods. Tomi: “Weather was not too pleasant so we didn’t bother going with the first light and we called it a day way before dinner time- too much rain or is it just age?!

Tomi Kurman with an opening day fish
Result of today’s fishing- 6 trout landed!!! Two solid fish of arround 60cm, three in the 50cm bracket and one 40cm. All fish caught on small lures. Apart from trout we had 2 pike and one salmon kelt, so we enjoyed some action but most importantly we had a great day with friends.”
Tomi with another lovely trout from opening day.

Mid-lake a good few boats were out around Kilbeg and Annaghkeen, with most boats reporting fish, while very good fishing was also reported further down the lake for Galway boats. The mild winter (so far!) seems to have left trout in superb condition, and we look forward to good fishing in the weeks ahead. To all Corrib anglers, tight lines and stay safe this season!