Carrowmore Lake near Bangor Erris in County Mayo is renowned as a great spring salmon venue, and quite often the first salmon of the season is caught around St. Patrick’s Day. This was also the case this year when the stars aligned for Barry Doocey who caught and released the first salmon of the new season on 17th March! The fish took a Noon’s Blue & Yellow which Barry had tied himself. Since then, three more salmon were caught and released on the lake which raises hope for a good spring salmon season.
A few days later Lough Beltra, the other great spring salmon lough fishery in North Mayo, recorded its first salmon of the season. Compliments go to Vincent McHugh who was the lucky angler on the opening day!