Vincent Appleby reports from Lough Currane…
29/9/2023 As we all know tomorrow is the last day of the 2023 Salmon season, we all know what that means, yes you have it, it’s the traditional Bacon and Cabbage night in the Lobster Bar and all are welcome, so come on down and celebrate your catch with fine Bacon and Cabbage and finish it off with a fine pint in the Lobster Bar. Now today’s and yesterday’s action, I start with yesterday’s action on C&R River Inny, there were 3 Salmon caught fly yesterday, We stay on the Bank of the C&R River Inny and for good reason because there was four Salmon caught on the fly today. Now we head for the Big Lake where some great action in all departments, there was 3 Salmon caught and released on the fly, in the trolling department there was one Salmon caught and released, there were also a nice few Trout caught on the drift and the troll. Now we head upstream to the Commeragh River, they say the early bird catches the worm, there was one enthusiastic Salmon angler fishing on the Commeragh at 7 am, sadly I take it that the angler’s line was slack going by my WhatsApple. Wind W light followed by good cloud cover. Staying with the weather Kerry is on a yellow rain warning tomorrow, the amount forecasted for the Waterville Fishery 21.4mm.
30/9/23 We start this last day of the Salmon Season on an early morning text and a furious angler who saw wormers on the Inny. Now for the rest of today’s action we start on the lake. C&R Currane angler Mr. Brian O’Rourke had 2 seatrout followed by 6 brownies on the fly. Now we head across the valley to the C&R River Inny where there was some good action, going by the C&R Inny farmer who reports that four C&R Inny fly anglers had one Salmon each.
Now my catch of the day goes to Anglers who had to go to a stock lake because Lough Currane was too rough. So they headed out looking for some action and they found it at the end of a Rainbow as you can see by the photo.
Now we head for the end of the Salmon Season party in the Lobster Bar and the crack was good especially when Robert was presented with the wooden spoon for the 2023 Salmon Season, one Currane angler said he’s making a habit of it, all I can say is Robert, good luck for the 2024 season and that goes for all the Waterville Fishery anglers. I finish the 2023 Salmon season on the Bacon and Cabbage party by saying on behalf of all the Currane anglers and non-anglers, a big thank you to the Lobster Bar Management and all their staff for a great night out. Wind SSE and veered SSW fresh to strong with gusts up to 69 Km/h followed heavy rain in the morning.
1/10/2023 The wild Trout Currane anglers were all quiet going by my WhatsApple, but don’t be surprised if there is an update. Wind West veered SW light to fresh followed by reasonable cloud cover. Amount of rainfall yesterday was 14.6 mm.
2/10/2023 Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of [email protected] reports there were a few Trout caught on the drift and going back to yesterday’s manipulations there were a good few Trout caught on the drift and my apologies in the delay on reporting yesterday’s catches and yes guilty as charged. Wind light and variable WSW followed by reasonable cloud cover.
3/10/2023 The Wild Currane Trout Anglers flies and their lines were all slack this day, so you can understand why my WhatsApple was all quiet and if this is false news I will update you in tomorrow’s notes. Wind WNW veered West late this afternoon, followed by the odd heavy shower.
Sea Trout – Catch and release only
Inland Fisheries Ireland wishes to remind anglers that the Conservation of Sea Trout (No.7 or Kerry District) Waterville Area Bye-Law No. 971 of 2019 remains in effect. This Bye-law prohibits the retention and possession of any sea trout (Salmo trutta L.) taken by any fishing engine or by rod and line in the Waterville area i.e. that part of the sea eastward of a line drawn from the most westerly point of Bolus Head to the most westerly point of Lamb’s Head and to all the waters discharging in to it.
The Bye-Law mainly affects seatrout fishing on :-
- the river Inny (Knockmoyle) and its tributaries
- the waters of the Waterville system, including the Waterville River, Lough Currane, the Cummeragh River and all their tributary rivers and lakes
- the waters of Ballinskelligs Bay
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
Find out more about Lough Currane…
The rivers and lakes of Waterville drain a large catchment and are regarded by many as the foremost Salmon and Sea-Trout fishery in the country. The lake system is well developed with access to boats and guides being readily available to the tourist angler. The Sea-Trout caught here are renowned for their size and quantity. For more details see: