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Salmon fishing on a go slow as levels low in Killarney area

Killarney lakes
Killarney lakes


Salmon angling very slow due to water levels.

Killarney lakes

There has been a lot of boats on the lakes trolling for salmon and on the fly for trout. Only reports of catches are from the shore, trout and coarse fish.


Water levels are still very low, unsuitable fishing conditions on the Laune.

Munster Blackwater very low, fishing slow

Peace and quiet on the Blackwater.
Peace and quiet on the Blackwater.

Very few fish reported from most areas and things have carried on from last week’s decrease in activity.

River is very low at present.

Rain is predicted which will help fish movement.

Low water on the Bandon, a good flood needed

River Bandon
The Bandon

Low water continues to impact salmon fishing on the Bandon river last week with just one fish reported lost.

The rain we got didn’t make any noticeable rise in water levels. A good flood well needed at this point.

A small number of salmon caught in the north-east

The lower River Boyne

News of the River Glydes’ first salmon of the year has just been received by us. The fish was a lovely 11lb fresh run salmon and according to reports was a 2021 first for the Glyde and County Louth. This lovely fresh salmon was caught yesterday on the lower reaches of the River Glyde. To date no other salmon have been reported from the north-easts Dee, Fane or Glyde.

The River Boyne

Still in the north east, there was a run of salmon into the Boyne catchment over the last few weeks. And a number of anglers were lucky to connect with a small number of fish. Weights reported varied from 7lbs to 10lbs. Fly, spinning and prawn all caught fish.

The lower River Boyne
The lower River Boyne (file photo)

Rain had been needed in the Boyne for some time. And when it did arrive, the resulting high water levels scattered the run of fish right throughout the whole system. Anglers are eagerly awaiting the next run of fish.

Go Fishing …………

Information on salmon fishing in the north-east can be found at the following link https://fishinginireland.info/salmon/east/ 

Turbot, Thornbacks and Flounder for Killybegs Mariners Sac

Killybegs Mariners Sac enjoyed the good spell of weather and the leeway to travel the coast of Donegal. A nice session on the sand bank produced lots of flounders along with thornback rays and turbot all got on freshly jigged sandeel at the venue making for a busy few hours fishing.

Killybegs Marines Sac

Early mayfly hatches in places but only few anglers out on Loughs Conn & Cullin

Schoolhouse Bay on Lough Conn

Kevin O’Boyle reports from Loughs Conn & Cullin…

Due to sunshine and Covid-19 travel restrictions not many anglers were active on the lakes. Stephen Browne and his partner had 11 trout to the boat, 4 of them keepers in Castlehill Bay, all on wet Mayflies. Padraig Traynor’s 2 best trout weighed 2 lbs. and were caught on Dabblers in Flannery’s Bay, while Ian Wise had 4 trout averaging 1.25 lbs., all taken on the Bibio in Bog Bay.

Overall, 32 trout reported caught. Lots of smaller trout were reported showing during the week with some early Mayfly hatches reported in secluded bays.

Skate putting in a show in Courtmacsherry

Mark Gannon of Courtmacsherry Sea Angling had a cracking start to the season this week as anglers fishing with him managed to land 15 Common Skate up to 191cm in length. That’s a great haul of early-season skate and let’s hope the good fishing in Courtmac continues like this for the rest of the season.

Go Fishing

Lady Louise

Aquastar 38′. 370 HP Caterpillar
Skipper: Mark Gannon
Licence: 818
Base: Courtmacsherry Operational Area: 30 miles out from Courtmacsherry

Authorised blue fin tuna boat

Notes: Mark has two Aquastar 38’s, Lady Patricia and
Lady Louise. Specialising in wreck fishing, Mark’s boats have consistently provided specimen fish over the years. Shark, reef and general inshore angling also on offer.

Address: Woodpoint Guest House, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 (0)23 8846427 or +353 (0)86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

Good numbers of salmon up to 16 lbs. reported from the Moy

The River Moy at Foxford

Kevin O’Boyle reports from the River Moy…

A very cold and dry week with cloudless skies, easterly winds and sunshine didn’t make for the best angling conditions. With inter-county travel permitted from Monday 10th May it is likely that more angling will take place.

Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 4 salmon caught with the biggest caught by John Fitzpatrick for 9.5 lbs.

Foxford Salmon Anglers reported 1 salmon caught for the week.

East Mayo Anglers reported 6 salmon, the heaviest fish weighing 9.5 lbs. caught by Ian Guegan on the fly.  Three of the six salmon were released.

Gannon’s Fishery reported their first 2 salmon of the season. The biggest salmon reported caught on the Moy system so far this year, a stunning 16 lbs. fish was caught by local angler Geoff Wyles on a black Flying C.

The Foxford Fishery got off to a flying start with 6 salmon reported caught during the week. The heaviest weighed 14 lbs. and was caught on a spoon. The others were caught spinning and prawning.

Great pike fishing for Kevin Lyons of Melview Lodge

Kevin with a 105 cm pike
Melview Lodge back in action

After a long absence of over a year Kevin Lyons from Melview Lodge reports on the pike fishing locally…

All smiles for Emmett with a nice Pike
All smiles for Emmett with a nice Pike

Kevin of Melview Fishing Lodge in Longford was out for a few hours Pike fishing with his mate Emmett, and what a good productive evening it was. Eleven fish from the boat and shore, which included 3 fish over the 100 cm. The largest pike measured in at 109 cm.

“We know not all days are like this but it just seemed to go to plan. Looking forward to the next one already.”

Kevin said it was perfect conditions and the fish were hungry from start to finish. They only fished for around 4 hrs 30 minutes.

Catch and Release for another day
Catch and Release for another day

All fish returned unharmed.

Kevin Lyons
Melview Lodge

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Melview Lodge
Drumlish Road,Clonrollagh, Longford, Co. Longford
Tel:+353(0)43-33-45061 Mobile:+353(0)87-268-7441
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Kevin has over 30 years experience of fishing in Ireland and is happy to offer a guided tour on your arrival, and to advise where the on-form waters in the area are. We can arrange your bait order so it’s here when you arrive. Melview offers free use of 17ft lake boats with engines to our guests (pay fuel only) and Kevin is happy to assist with any pre-baiting requests. Maps and other information regarding fishing are also available.

Nightime Bass for Galway Bay SAC

Night time bass from Galway Bay

Members of Galway Bay Sea Angling Club had a good night session recently which produced flounder, coalies and a few welcome bass. Great to see the bass active in the Galway Bay area already.