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Salmon catches on the increase on the Moy


Steve Schreck reports from the River Moy…

Angling Report week ending 25/0623

Despite continuing warm weather and little rain, a few showers early and at the end of last week coupled with cooler nights improved catch numbers on the whole system quite significantly. In total 217 salmon were reported caught, with the vast majority of those salmon being grilse. This seems to be a good indicator that the grilse run has started. Water levels at Ballylahan Bridge only slightly rose on Tuesday and Saturday night but were still at low water level.

The Moy Fishery reopened on Tuesday 20th, after being closed due to elevated water temperatures and recorded a total of 50 salmon for the week. Of this, the Ridge Pool produced 33 salmon, the Cathedral Beat produced 13 salmon and the Weir Pool produced 4 salmon. Of those 50 salmon, 16 were released.

Garrett Ruigrok about to release a nice 8.5lbs salmon on the Ridge Pool
Colm McAndrew releasing a beautiful fresh springer of 11.5lbs on the Ridge Pool

The first pink salmon of 2023 was also caught on the Ridge Pool. Anglers, or the public, should report encounters with pink salmon to IFI’s 24/7 phone number, 0818 34 74 24, or via [email protected]

Anglers who catch pink salmon are also asked to carry out the following actions:

  • Photograph the fish
  • Retain the salmon and don’t put it back into the water (even in rivers only open for catch-and-release angling).
  • Record the date and location of capture, and the length/weight of the fish.
  • Tag the fish and present it to IFI staff, and a new tag will be issued to replace the tag used.

The nearest local IFI staff will arrange collection of the fish for further examination.

Further information in relation to pink salmon can be found in IFI’s May press release: https://www.fisheriesireland.ie/news/press-releases/ifi-issues-alert-over-pacific-pink-salmon-in-irish-rivers

Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 4 salmon for the week, weighing 6lbs, 5lbs, 3lbs and 3lbs.

Mount Falcon reported 3 fish. Two of those were caught spinning (4.5lbs and 3.5 lbs) and one on the worm (4lbs).

Knockmore Salmon Anglers recorded 4 salmon. The best fish weighed 7lbs and was caught on the prawn.

Coolcronan Fishery reported 6 salmon for the week. All 6 were grilse and were caught on prawn, spinner, bubble and fly.

Armstrong Fishery recorded 12 fish, 1 springer and 11 grilse. 8 salmon were caught on bubble and fly, 2 on the spinner and 2 on the worm.

Gannon’s Fishery reported 2 salmon weighing 5lbs and 4.5lbs respectively. One was caught on bubble and fly and one on the worm.

Foxford Salmon Anglers had 37 salmon for the week mostly caught on bubble and fly and the prawn.

Local reports from the Foxford Rocks Fishery suggest that 12 salmon were caught, mostly on bubble and fly.

The Foxford Fishery recorded 36 salmon caught for the week, all of them grilse up to 6lbs.

Cloongee Fishery reported 20 salmon for the week, with 13 of those being released.

East Mayo Anglers reported 31 salmon for the week, 9 of which were released. The best fish weighed 7 lbs. while the majority was in the 2.5lbs to 5lbs range. The most successful methods were fly and worm.