Irish Angling Update – 23rd April, 2008

·        Very good Rainbow Trout fishing at several fisheries in the Eastern Region.


·        First Grilse of the year reported from the Munster Blackwater at Blackwater Lodge.


·        16.5 lbs. Salmon at Waterville is our catch of the week (see catch of the week at and a 7 lbs. Specimen Sea Trout for a UK visitor on Lough Currane.


·        Some good Trout fishing reported from Loughs Derg in Co. Tipperary and on Lough Conn in Co. Mayo.


·        Good spring Salmon fishing reported from the Galway Weir Fishery.


·        12.5 lbs. specimen Brown Trout for visitor to Lough Corrib on fly.


·        Carp to specimen size (12 lbs.) reported at the Corkagh Park Fishery in Clondalkin in Dublin.


·        Very good coarse fishing reported from the Lanesboro area.


·        Excellent Tench and Bream fishing reported from the Arva Gowna area.


·        Dutch anglers enjoy good Pike fishing on the River Suck.


·        Good shore and deep sea fishing reported from Co. Clare.



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Put and Take Fisheries in the Eastern Region


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The trout lake produced a couple of whopping Rainbow Trout; Jimmy Duggen landed a cracking 18.5 pounder on a buzzer. Gar Murphy and Paddy McLoughlin lost more fish than they caught! And Paul McBrian had 15 trout over this past two days.


We had a couple of visitors from the midlands and from Kerry - they all connected with some nice fish. All in all the lakes are fishing well even with the changing weather conditions. This week should prove to be even better!


Annamoe Trout Fishery

In spite of the dismal weather conditions and the easterly winds Annamoe Trout fishery has been fishing exceptionally well, one angler during the week caught 20 trout weighing up to 5 lb in weight. The hard fighting rainbows have been taking gold bead headed lures fished on rod length leaders and floating lines. 


Rathbeggan Lakes

The fly fishing for trout has also been excellent on Rathbeggan lakes.  Good numbers of trout have been taken during daylight hours on montana lures, woolly buggers, grizzlers and floating lines and fluora carbon leader, a dry fly fishing works best in the evening.  There has been an excellent evening rise in recent days. 


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Ian Powell reports from the BLACKWATER LODGE fishery on the Munster Blackwater in Co. Cork.



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Blackwater Lodge Newsletter - April 24th., 2008

Hot News - Glenda organises the very first Kids Summer Fish camp in Ireland - See Below!

The first Grilse of the Season is Caught

On Sunday, April 20, Cathal Ferris from Lisburn, Co. Antrim caught the first on Kents - Beat 4.  This is very early to be grassing the first one. In the heyday of the grilse run up to about the year 2000, we would normally always see the first grilse running the river hard around mid-April, and catch the first around mid-May.  It has been a good few years since we caught the first one this early, so perhaps it bodes well for a grilse run similar to what we used to see in the late '90s.

Good Head of Fish in the River

Over the last weekend, there was a good number of fish seen, especially on the upper river right up to our topmost beat - Ballygarrett - which is 28 miles drive upstream of the Lodge.

Even there, the fish were to be seen running through on their way upriver.  This was encouraging as the river had been rather quiet for over a week prior to this, in fact since the last good weekend over April 5-8. With not many rods fishing, there were two springers caught last Friday, and one and a grilse on Sunday.

The river is currently at summer level, beautiful for fly-fishing, yet fish are still running through to the upper reaches of the river.  There is more rain forecast for tomorrow which may see the river rise and get freshened up which should get more spring fish into the system & encourage the larger May fish to run.

There is no problem for availability of fishing and accommodation at the Lodge at the moment.

Education continues apace


On Saturday, April 19th, Glenda started a Blackwater Fishstart educational programme for 10-12 year old girls in the local National school.
This is the first ever fishing programme sponsored by the Waterford Sports Partnership.  Glenda also ran her educational drama on the river & environment in the local playschool last week.

Flyfishing Summer Camps

As part of her ever-growing programme of piscatorial education, Glenda will be hosting a number of week-long Summer Fish camps here at the Lodge for teenagers. These will be strictly limited to 8 participants per camp and are sure to be extremely popular. Entry will be on a first come-first served basis. 
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Glenda will be casting demonstrator at the following fairs, where we will also have a stand where you can come & meet us both. Tweed Fair: Kelso, Scottish Borders.  May ¾ Irish Country Lifestyle Festivals: Shanes Castle, Co. Antrim June 21/22 Irish Game & Country Fair: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly, August 30/31


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From Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel, angling guide Vincent Appleby reports on the past week’s fishing trends on the LOUGH CURRANE system:




14/4/08 All quiet on the SW front in all departments. Wind NE then veered NW after lunch, light to fresh, bright and sunny throughout the day.  Amount of rain fall in the twenty four hours 0.1mm.  Max air temperature 11.7C. Water temperature in Coffees Bay 11.2C/52F

15/4/08 Once again all quiet on the Lough Currane front. Wind SW light with bright sunshine throughout the day.

16/4/08 There were a few boats out, but by lunch time all boats were blown off due to a strong SE wind blowing and our Manger Mr. John Murphy was telling me that on Derriana Lake, they had to pull the boats up into the field because of 7 foot waves. Max air temperature 13C/55.4F.

17/4/08 Again there was a strong ESE wind, even though one could fish, we all failed in our duties.

18/4/08 What can I say but its the same old story today as yesterday except the wind was ESE then veered East NE fresh to strong with good cloud cover, max air temperature 12C/53F.

19/4/08 The was some fine action on the Waterville fishery, I begin with Laugh Currane where Mr. Rob Wasmuth of the UK and Waterville, caught a 9 lbs. Salmon on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats and but the fish of the day and maybe of the season? Goes to renowned and well known local Gillie Mr. Mike O’Dwyer who caught a 16.5 lbs.   Salmon on the fly on the Famous Butler Pool and I can tell you this fine fish wasn’t alone and if you want to learn more, or book the Pool you can visit  (See catch of the week on Wind ESE light and overcast with very light drizzle so light in fact it will be interesting to see if it registers. It didn’t.

20/4/08 there was light NNE wind blowing so light at times you could hardly cast your fly, but come 11am there was a nice wave and it wasn’t long before Mr. Smith of the UK was manipulating his fly when he hit a fine 7 lbs. specimen sea Trout out at the Church and my Noble Sea Trout gave him some battle and his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of had one swipe of the net and the rest is history, plus they rose some fine Sea Trout afterwards and for the rest of we anglers no comment. Amount of rainfall 1.0mm. That is all the news from your gillie and the Waterville fishery and remember if you want a day by day report you can contact our manger Mr. John Murphy of  No Spin No Fly’s just Facts.


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Wednesday April 23rd, 2008




There hasn't been much angling activity reported over the week due to the harsh weather. Conditions have improved as we write. Michael Kelly had two fish of 1.5 lbs each. Some hatches of olives and duckfly were observed.

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For local updates contact Mr Sean Gurhy, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Lough Sheelin Tel: 049 4336144 


Fishing was quiet due to the cold weather, winds streaming down from the north. 

For updates contact John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Co Roscommon at 087 2536064.



After the poor fishing the previous week everybody was hopeful that things would have changed and that the competition for the Quinnsworth Cup would be intense and eventful however, this was not to be. There was a good turnout on the morning with twenty four boats full of eager anglers at Gallagher’s Boat Shed and while they waited for the off all were discussing the reasons for the poor fishing the previous week and the hope that things were about to change. Some anglers were so eager that as they approached the river bank they forgot to stop and lift the engine resulting in a rather dramatic arrival on the shoreline.
With the wind blowing from the Northeast the day was bitterly cold and there was no let up all day as the sun failed to break through at all so when lunchtime arrived anglers did not need to be asked twice and all headed to the nearest shoreline where hot stews and big fires were the order of the day. It soon became clear at that point that all the hopes for the day expressed that morning were not going to be realised and that the afternoon was going to be long, cold and fruitless. The weigh in and presentation of prizes was held that evening in the Olive Bar where Keane Moran and Eamon Cummins were the genial hosts. With all eyes on the windows to see if any anglers were turning up with fish it was starting to look like we might not have any winner at all until Johnny Tobin turned up with bag in hand and as the clock ticked inexorably toward eight thirty it was obvious that this was going to be the only fish caught on the day. With no other fish to weigh Johnny was declared the winner and he was soon on the phone to his brother, Hugh,
who would normally have fished with him but had decided against going out to tell him the good news, that he had just missed out on a share of the first place prize money!
Our sincere thanks to Keane Moran and Eamon Cummins of the
Olive Bar for their sponsorship of this competition and for their generous hospitality on the night at the presentation of prizes and to Angela Sloane who was the Captain of The Day.


Trout fishery opens next week May 1st, 2008.

For general updates contact Dinny Coyne Chairperson of the Pallas Lake Angling Club Tel: 087 2974306.


Trout fishery opens next week May 1st, 2008.

For updates contact John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon 087 2266735


The ShRFB issued a Press Release on February 25th 2008. We request that anglers familiarise with new conservation measures for the fishery.

"This year the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board has introduced a new trout conservation measure on its fishery, River Camcor, in association with the Camcor and Little Brosna Angling Club. This follows concerns that trout stocks were being fished by unsustainable means. This new regulation will ensure that trout stocks will be maintained and that anglers will be able to enjoy angling on the Camcor into the future.

The conservation measure of Fly Fishing Only will be enforced by Fisheries Staff who will patrol the river during the open season which commences on the 1st March 2008 until the 30th September.

The Camcor and Little Brosna is an important salmon and trout fishery and every effort will put in place to sustain and develop its potential. Therefore, we urge all anglers to abide by this conservation measure and practice catch and release when possible.

If anglers have any queries please contact Shannon Regional Fisheries Board. 



Report from Peter Gleeson, PRO Garrykennedy Fishing Club, middle Lough Derg 087-6564662 and Secretary of Lough Derg Anglers Association.

Garrykennedy Club member Brian Maloney won the big wet fly competition sponsored by Scariff Mountshannon and Whitegate Angling Club on Sunday last (April 20th).  Brian’s fish of 2 lbs 1 oz also won him the first prize in a separate competition organised by Garrykennedy Fishing Club. This event was sponsored by Talbot Sherry Fitzgerald Auctioneers in Nenagh.

 Overall, the cold conditions was against good fishing. Only ten fish on or over the allowable 14 inch limit were weighed in the Scariff competition and nine in the Garrykennedy competition. The best of the fishing was in Luska and on the Urra shore where there were sightings of a few mayfly. The “killer” fly on the day was the claret dabbler.

Garrykennedy club members Paudie O’Brien and John Ryan had a great day, landing a total of ten fish, keeping four.

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ShRFB reports for the RIVER FEALE CO KERRY

Fishing has been quiet on the River Feale due to low water. Fishing should pick again in the next flood, we'll keep you posted.

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Galway Weir

Well this season is already showing signs of being a great one for spring fish, and this week was one of the best April weeks for many years. 36 salmon were landed for the week, with most in the 9 to 11 lbs. range, and more fish have been hooked and lost. Among the anglers to land fish were Milo Breslin, who had the best fish of the week, a cracking 16-pounder caught on shrimp. Declan Tuffy from Athenry landed 3 fish of 8 lbs., 8.5 lbs. and 13 lbs. on fly, with 2 of the fish being released.  Sean O’Toole from Galway also had 3, with a 10 lbs. fish on spinner and releasing two 10-pounders caught on fly. Bernard Keegan from Dublin had a 12-pounder on fly, and released another 9 lbs. fish, also caught on fly, while Brian Howard from Dublin had a 9.5 lbs. fish on fly.  Conor Walsh from Galway had a 10.5 lbs. fish on fly, while regular visitor Dave O’Reilly from Dublin landed 2 fish of 11.5 and 10 lbs. on fly, releasing one. French angler Maurice Mourier caught a 10.5 lbs. fish on spinner, while Kildare visitors Vincent McGuire and Tommy McManaman had fish of 11.5 and 11 lbs. on spinner. Tommy’s fish was his first ever springer, although he has landed many salmon in his career, so he was understandably delighted.

With 2 gates open, water levels at the Weir are perfect for spring fishing, and a lot of fresh fish are showing in the river. Prospects are great for the weeks ahead!


Western Lakes

The olive hatch is in full swing on the lakes at the moment, although the cold easterly winds of the last week put a lot of fish down, as well as anglers. I fished Mask in cold conditions on Friday for a few hours and contrived to lose the only fish I hooked, although my boat partner landed a lovely trout of about 2lbs. 30 anglers fished Mask in the Western Regional Fisheries Board staff competition, with 19 fish landed, and top prize went to Ronan Cusack from Cushlough, with 4 nice trout landed on wetfly. The competition was fished on a catch-and-release basis, with fish being measured and released again.

Donal Connolly from Nonaim Lodge on Corrib reports on a superb fish landed by one of his guests. Melvyn Wood caught the fish of a life time on wet fly during his visit to Nonaim Lodge and Lough Corrib on Sunday 20th April. Melvyn, an experienced angler and visitor to Lough Corrib, succeeded in landing the fish of 12.5 lbs. on only 5 lb fluorocarbon, in an epic battle lasting 45 minutes, before it was finally netted by his boatman Mark Molloy.

The fly, a dabbler, was designed and tied by Melvyn, which made the capture all the more memorable. Melvyn spent Sunday night in a "rest and relaxation" mode!

I should have much more extensive fishing report from the lakes next week, with milder spring weather having arrived. The southwesterly breezes and good olive hatches will hopefully bring on the fishing a lot, and anglers will be out in force this weekend.


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River Moy


The Moy enjoyed a very good week of spring salmon fishing with 53 salmon reported.


On the Ballina Salmon Anglers water, Pat Twomey, Dublin, had a 6 lbs. salmon on spinner while on the Coolcronan Fishery the first fish of the season was caught by UK visitor Lorenzo Serrano. Lorenzo won the 2008 Coolcronan Cup with a fine 10-pounder taken on a copper Flying-C and crowned his fishing day with another 7 lbs. salmon which he took on black Flying-C. See photo on webpage: Also on Coolcronan, Gerard Nevin, Longford, caught a 6 lbs. salmon on spinner.


The Foxford Fishery produced 5 fish for the week. Amongst the successful anglers were Rupert Banks, UK, with fish of 8 lbs. & 10 lbs., Richard Wallace, also UK, with a fine 11-pounder and Coln Nesbitt, who had a 10 lbs. salmon on the worm.


Cloongee had a very good week with a total of 9 fish caught. German fly angler, Michael Probst, had a 9 lbs. salmon while Peter Reintjens took a 6 lbs. fish on worm. Other notable catches included 2 salmon at 10 lbs. & 11 lbs. for Brendan Lowney, Wexford and a 10.5 lbs. salmon for Mark Murphy, also Wexford. On the East Mayo Association water, Bert Kavanagh, Dublin caught an 8 lbs. salmon on fly while Colum Mullarkey, Sligo, had one at 11.5 lbs also on the fly.


With water conditions in “good order” and with the mild weather continuing, angling should further improve over the coming weeks.  


Anglers are reminded that free fishing continues on the Ridge Pool until the first salmon is caught there. 


Lough Conn


Fishing conditions were unsettled during the week, with cool north east winds persisting on most days. As a consequence, angling activity was slow on Lough Conn.

However, Jim O’Sullivan and Paul Doyle, both from Dublin, had 3 trout for 3 lbs. fishing from Healy’s Hotel. Patrick and Terence McDonald, Northern Ireland, who were guests of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, had 3 fish (averaging 1 lbs.) over 2 days, while Eamon Ross, Cavan & John Murray, Sligo caught 4 trout for 4.5 lbs., fishing from Gortnorabbey.  Over at Cloghans, Brendan Levens, Dublin, had 2 trout for 1.25 lbs. each. Elsewhere, Mike Gibbons, Ballina, caught 2 trout at 3 lbs. each while trolling a Rapalla.


The Foxford Anglers fished the “Devaney Cup” on Sunday, 20 April. Twenty-four anglers took part and a total of 11 trout weighing 13 lbs. were caught. First place went to Joe Quinn, Ballina, with 3 fish for 3 lbs. Runner up was Adrian Murphy, Cloghans, (2 fish at 1.71 lbs.) and Michael Tiernan Jnr. Came Third (2 fish at 1.67 lbs.). The next event will be fished on Thursday, 14 May. This will be an evening competition and further information is available from Tiernan Brothers, Foxford (Tel: 094-56731).    


Ballisodare River


The Ballisodare Fishery accounted for a total of 5 salmon for the week, three of which were released. Heather Chambers had a 6 lbs. fish on a Yellow Ally’s Shrimp while M. Kitchen caught a fine 9 lbs. salmon on the worm. The three fish release all fell to the fly with the best of these, a 7 lbs. salmon, caught and released by Gerry McHugh.


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RIVER DROWES – Monday 14th to Sunday 20th April 2008.


Water levels were good over the week and the river continues to fish well. The weather still remained cold however and we are all waiting for the temperatures to rise and make angling a little more comfortable. The fishery was fairly quiet during the week with the weekend busier. A number of early grilse were also caught this week.

Good numbers of salmon were recorded and some of the catches are given here. On Tuesday, visiting Swiss angler, Walter Huldi recorded a 6 lbs. fish caught on shrimp. On Wednesday, Tony Finley accounted for an 8½ lbs. salmon caught on a size 8 cascade fly from the Mill Pool. Doyle Kennedy landed a 9 lbs. fish on the shrimp from the Soft Hole. On Saturday, Columba Fitzpatrick recorded an 8½ lbs. salmon caught from Tinker’s Hole on a worm. Francie Grimley accounted for an 8 lbs. fish caught from The Meadow on a shrimp. Connor O’Connor recorded a 10 lbs. salmon caught from the Blackwater on a stoats tail fly. On Sunday, Brian McEvoy recorded a 7½ lbs. salmon caught from the Mill Pool on a spinner. Brian McClintock accounted for a 7 lbs. fish caught on the fly from The Red Roof. Anthony Carty caught a 5½ lbs. grilse from The Cascade on a worm. Roger McGahy recorded a 7½ lbs. salmon caught from the Sea Pools on shrimp.

At present the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge is reading 5.5 and some rain is forecast for early this week which should ensure levels remain good in the river and temperatures are forecast to rise a little. Prospects look good.


LOUGH MELVIN – Monday 14th to Sunday 20th April 2008.


Conditions were variable once again on the Lough and temperatures remained low all week with winds mainly from an easterly direction. Not the best of conditions for angling! There would be a good deal more fishing if the weather was a little warmer. As such there has been little trout angling. A number of boats were out trolling for salmon.                                                       

On Wednesday, William Campbell recorded a 9 lbs. 4 oz salmon and John Parks and Melvin Schofield accounted for a fish of 8½ lbs. On Sunday, Stephen Kennedy accounted for a 9 lbs. salmon and there was a further salmon caught along Garrison, of which I do not yet have details. The Rossinver fishery recorded a 7½ lbs. salmon caught by Dessie McHugh on Monday and a fine 10 lbs. salmon caught on the fly by Stephen Hey on Wednesday.


ERNE ESTUARY – Monday 14th to Sunday 20th April 2008.


The Estuary was fairly quiet with the cold temperatures and east winds making angling somewhat uncomfortable. For those anglers that did venture out however, angling was productive. There was some 25 sea trout caught and 2 anglers fishing sandeel from a boat recorded 11 and 7 fish apiece. Temperatures are forecast to rise somewhat over the week and the winds to be from, a more desirable westerly direction.


OWENEA FISHERY – Monday 14th to Sunday 20th April 2008.


The Owenea River Fishery ran at low levels for the week with the gauge reading only 0.17 metres on Monday and falling away to over the week to 0.11 metres by Sunday. Air temperatures still remained cold and the winds were mainly from an easterly direction. The gauge average for the week read a very
low 0.13 metres. Only 2 visiting anglers fished for the week and we still await news of the first salmon to be caught.


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Cashel Trout Fishery report by Marlene Mc Laughlin


Another brilliant weekend after a drizzly Friday but anglers are in their element at Cashel trying out all different types of ideas and fly patterns.


Mr Mellon (Maghera) was tops again this weekend releasing fourteen excellent trout back into the lake and again mostly caught on assorted buzzers.  Dungiven’s Martin Bradley was not too far behind with a dozen equally class trout which fell to dries like the klinkhammer and buzzers too.  Sean Mc Williams, Joe McGuigan and Greg English (all Draperstown) had a brilliant weekend releasing at least a half a dozen trout each which took a selection of small lures and buzzers.  Young friends, Barry Kealey, Dermot Lavery and Daniel Little (Ballinderry) had an excellent time at Cashel using the orange fritz and some wet flies tied with jungle cock.  Daniel released five trout, Dermot banked two and Barry hooked and released one.  Tommy Reilly (Maghera) banked a total of five trout but only took home the two which weighed 4 lb 6 ozs and 3 lb 2 ozs.  Tommy was using the green/white cat’s whisker.  John Hasson (Dungiven) released four lovely trout while Tommy Mc Bride (Dungiven) hooked four also but unfortunately didn’t manage to bank them.  Foreglen lads, Lawrence Newland and Jordan Harkin bagged one and two trout respectively using the ace of spades and the orange fritz.  Their fish weighed a total of 7 lb 6 ozs.  Roland Mullan (Feeny) released one trout which took the cat while newcomer, Brendan Darragh (Randalstown) had an hour to spare at Cashel and hooked himself a lovely trout which unfortunately got away.


Well done to all!


River Licences are on sale at Cashel Trout Fishery.


Breakfast is now being served at Cashel in the comfort of an open log fire with plenty of craic. 


We are now taking group bookings for any angling club or corporate groups interested in a fun day.  Catering facilities are available in the adjacent Cashel Fishing Lodge.


Info and enquiries to Marlene at 17 Birren Road, Dungiven, Co L’Derry, BT47 4SH,Tel/Fax: Dungiven 028777 42159,,





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Lough Muckno – Co Monaghan

Small numbers of roach and hybrids are being caught by anglers fishing at the point of White island.   Feeder fishing with maggot is working and best advice on ground bait is brown crumb, a little hemp and go easy on the additives. 



Brothers Lake – Carrickmacross

Brothers lake has been fishing reasonably well.  Anglers fishing waggler will catch tench, roach, small number of carp at the moment.  Best bait seems to be maggot.


Galloncurra LakeCounty Cavan

One angler reported good numbers of small hybrids at the out flow of the stream fishing waggler and maggot hook bait.  Hybrids will be shown signs of spawning now.


Rathbeggan Coarse Lake

Rathbeggan coarse lake has also been fishing well.  Anglers fishing double red maggot or sweetcorn on waggler method have been enjoying catches of tench, to 2.5 lb, plenty of rudd and the occasional bream and carp.  


Lough Ramor – County Cavan

Lough Ramor has good number of hybrids and roach are still holding up at the harbour in lough Ramor.  Float fishing works best, maggot or sweetcorn for hook bait.  The fishing on other shores have been poor however a number of trout which have been caught by coarse anglers were returned safely. 


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The carp lake has been fishing fantastically this past week. Sasha Manic caught 30 carp to just under 12 lbs over two of his four visits this week.

Al Walshe connected with 15 carp to 9 lbs. Niall Maher had 3 carp on Saturday to specimen size (but put the fish back before we got to weight it on the official scales!). Paul McBrian also caught a couple of nice carp during the week. Most fish were coming out on a corn-pellet cocktail.


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Wednesday April 23rd, 2008


Paul Waghorn a regular to Lanesboro is back on holiday for the past few weeks.  Paul has recently published a dedicated website on fishing in the area which can be viewed at This will be a useful resource for visiting anglers with lots of background and archived reports and photos etc.   Here are the latest reports from his personal diaries, for others logon to his website.

Wednesday April 16th, I wish I hadn't made my last statement. I arrived on the bank in the middle of the night at 05.15 (my mum told me a million times not to exaggerate) I was soon joined by Brian Bohan and another who fished just above me between the trees. It was apparent from dawn that the fish were not present in great numbers as the surface activity was minimal. I packed up at 08.15 with only four Roach to 12 oz leaving a bank full of anglers struggling. The best catch today was by 16 year old Connor Browne who fished mainly on the long pole to amass 41 lb 7.5 oz made up of 10 Bream to nearly 5 lb along with 3 good Hybrids and bits. I had an early night so didn't see what went on at dusk. The wind went south easterly today and the temperature dropped accordingly. Anyone who has read my diaries from previous years will soon realise this is still an exceptional year. Barry Lister was out early with his fish finder and found the large shoal in the deep hole on the lake had increased over the past week but also found a lot of fish up river towards Kilnacarrow.

Thursday April 17th, Not the best of days, it was very cold and the water temperature dropped back to 48f. The only anglers on the bank were Colin and Dennis Peterson from south east London who are regulars each year. Dennis sat on the gusher fence and did a "Terry Wogan" (blankety blank) whilst Colin had a few fish opposite the top most tree swim. They were mostly Bream of around a pound and a couple of Hybrids for an estimated total of 20 lbs. He also had a Pike of around 2 lb. I joined them around 11.00 and caught a few Roach with the only "netter" going 1 lb 7 oz. A move to below the bridge only produced a string of sub 1 oz fish. At dusk tonight there were still no other anglers whatsoever but a few fish were topping in all areas.

Friday April 18th, I never got up when the alarm sounded but turned over to go back to sleep. I saw the fresh bait delivery arrive just before 8am. A few anglers were present today but a gusty downstream wind hampered conditions. Despite the wind, Eamon Barkey from Armagh had a 60 lb mixed bag with a Roach of 1 lb 15 oz. His travelling companion Richard McDonnell didn't fare so well but claimed about 20 lb. I had a session on the gusher to net 28 Hybrids to just over 2 lbs for an estimated 40 lbs. I foul hooked 5 fish and bumped as many as I landed. Another angler had a good catch of around 80 lbs but I forgot to ask his name. A lot of fish had spawned overnight in the gusher area, leaving a blanket of eggs clearly visible through the fence. Expect good Perch in the area to clean up in next few days.

With the peak season almost upon us, anglers are advised to book your bait by phoning either (00353) 4321391 or direct to Irish Bait Services (00353) 49 952 6258.

Saturday April 19th,- Colin and Dennis went out early to fish what would become their final session of their visit. At first light the river was alive but they couldn't tempt the fish to feed. Liners were an extreme problem and they were both striking into nothing. Eventually Dennis managed four Roach with the biggest going 1 lb 7 oz. Only a few others graced the stretch today and nobody stayed long. I had my two hour stint from 19.00 and had three bites producing one Hybrid of under a pound. I've had better days.

Sunday April 20th,- By 06.00 the hot water stretch had 10 anglers with more arriving by 09.30 The river was full of fish but most found the going difficult. The clever ones were packing in around 09.00 with David Mulkeen reporting just under a 30 lbs. bag. Another angler who had an early day caught more but I'm not sure if anyone else fared better. At 13.00 the power station cut off the flow and this had a severe effect on the stretch. The water hadn't been warm for a few days but at this time of year, the flowing water is far more important. At dusk tonight there was a few fish topping but these were mainly in the main channel below the bridge. If anyone is planning to come this week, phone me on 087 941 9988 and will advise you as to the current conditions. A brave man (or woman)** will try the navigation channel one night this week and probably bag-up. Will it be you ??

Monday April 21st:  The worse possible news was confirmed by the E.S.B. today that the power station will be closed down for essential repairs for up to two weeks. As this takes us into the holiday weekend, I'm sure any one making their annual pilgrimage to Lanesborough will be very disappointed. For some, this is the fifth successive year its been off. With the water temperature still below what I'd like it to be (47f) there are few fish in the main river but not enough. Today I embarked on three sessions each of two hours long. The first on the River Lung where I had 20 Roach to six ounces. My second stint was at Lara on the upper Suck. 32 Roach were had here with the best going 12 oz. in a 7 lbs. total catch. For my evening session I went to the Inny at Maladys just above Red Bridge. I caught 69 Roach, 2 Trout, a Perch and a very small Hybrid for around 11 lbs. I would have carried on but I snapped a hook length and quite honestly couldn't be bothered to tie another. Check out  for up-dates from our neighbours patch.

Monday April 21st,- The worse possible news was confirmed by the E.S.B. today that the power station will be closed down for essential repairs for up to two weeks. As this takes us into the holiday weekend, I'm sure any one making their annual pilgrimage to Lanesborough will be very disappointed. For some, this is the fifth successive year its been off. With the water temperature still below what I'd like it to be (currently 47f) there are few fish in the main river but not enough. Today I embarked on three sessions each of two hours long.  The first on the River Lung where I had 20 Roach to six ounces. My second stint was at Lara on the upper Suck. 32 roach were had here with the best going 12 oz in a 7 lbs. total catch. For my evening session I went to the Inny at Maladys just above Red Bridge. I caught 69 Roach, 2 Trout, a Perch and a very small Hybrid for around 11 lbs. I would have carried on but I snapped a hooklength and quite honestly couldn't be bothered to tie another. Check out for up-dates from our neighbours patch.

Tuesday April 22nd,- It's so frustrating seeing no one on the stretch after such a promising start to the season. I decided try roving the Suck and had a solitary Trout at Dunammon and about 25 Roach below Castlecoote. Back at Lanesborough the wind had increased and with the rain coming at 18.30 I was resigned to watching the football. With so little to write about I thought I'd offer some wit,-

Paddy: Hello is that Roscommon, Two, Two, Double two

Murphy: No this Roscommon, Double Two, Two, Two

Paddy: I'm sorry I must have rang the wrong number

Murphy: Thats O.K. the phone was ringing anyway. 

More joviality tomorrow?

Wednesday April 23rd,- A few anglers were on the stretch who were probably not regular readers of this page. I understand they were gone by lunchtime with barely a handful of sub 1 oz fish to their credit. I was on the Inny where 100 yards above Red Bridge I found some Roach to 6 oz. I came back early to have a go on the stick float on the Roscommon side of the navigation channel. Unfortunately the wind was blowing off the lake causing waves, prohibiting my session. Even the feeder was out of the question. I think the wind was easing at dusk but saw very few fish on the surface.

Kevin Lyons, MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE, Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford Tel : 003534345061 Mob: Email: Web:  covering fisheries in the LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES

Things are starting to pick up a little after a bit of a slow start to April. The lakes around the Strokestown and North Longford areas are showing some signs that fish are beginning to feed. Light pre-baiting to start with has attracted mainly Roach, Hybrids and skimmers along with a few Bream to 4 lbs. Once the weather gets little warmer I'm sure the catch rate will improve. At the time of writing this report a number of fishermen are pre-baiting swims, so see next weeks report to see the outcome.

The ShRFB reports for Ray Duthie Old Forge Banagher, Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER  Tel: 057 9151504.  BANAGHER area this week.

Fishing in the Banagher area has been slow.  Angling guests of Ray Duthie fished the area at Meelick and Sheebeen with poor results. This is has been due to the difficult weather conditions with very cold air and water temperatures. Water levels have recovered well though. The Banagher Festival is due to be fished on next Sunday 27th April - through to Friday May 2nd. There is an open competition on Sunday. Anglers fishing to take part contact Ray.

ShRFB reports for the RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck

Water levels are up following some rain and fishing conditions have been difficult with strong winds, particularly over the weekend. 

Further local info contact Mr John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064 and  John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon for the lower River Suck  087 2266735

ShRFB reports for Mark Egan Athlone  Bait Stockist,  Accommodation Provider Email: Website:   Tel: 090 64 94773 the River Shannon and Inny ATHLONE area.

Kevin Clarke, a regular to Athlone is back in action, fishing on the inner lakes. He has been pre-baiting heavily and averaging 60-70 lbs of Bream and hybrids in each session. Has fishing partner Barry Hubbard had similar weights. Richard, another friend has fished over 12 days in total and described his fishing as the best he's had in years with lots of good bags into the mid fifties. There has been little rain but very cold and water levels are dropping rapidly. Milder weather is on the way.

ShRFB reports for  INNY BAY B&B -  fishing at TOM FOXES ANGLING STRETCH and lower RIVER INNY  Tommy Foxe Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire

Due to the cold conditions and harsh winter weather there has been only small amounts of fish caught by a handful of anglers.  Andy Ashcroft from the UK had a few Bream at the Bog hole at Tommy Foxes during the week, but fishing was patchy. 


Mark Llewellyn fished the southern part of Lough Derg and the Scariff River, here is his report.

My father (Colin) and I fished from the western shoreline of Lough Derg from April 4th - 14th. The weather for the first few days was undesirable to say the least, and badly hampered fishing with temperatures barely getting above freezing and very strong northerly winds. After the arctic blast, fishing improved towards the second half of the holiday! We were enjoying
bags of small Roach on the
Scariff River, and eventually started to catch bags of mainly Roach to 60 lbs. + on Lough Derg. The Roach were an incredible average (1 lb +) with many pushing over 2 lbs. We don't normally catch these Roach in great numbers due to the shoals of hybrids, which were not present in any great numbers, as weren't the Bream. This was probably due to water temperatures still being very cold!


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There are some English anglers fishing the Gowna/Arva area and they report some good bags of fish.  Ten Tench bagged weighing in at 60 lbs., some Bream with individual weights 7/8 lbs. and plenty of good Roach.  If you want to enjoy this quality fishing please contact Eamonn Gray at the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva Tel: 049-4335127  E-mail: or visit their website at




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Monalty LakeCounty Monaghan

Has been fishing well for pike from boat and shore.  A number of doubles were reported during the week, all fish came to static dead bait.  Joey mackerel have been working well. 


Bally Hoe 1 Lake

Fished well during the week for pike, good numbers of small pike were taken on lures. Two doubles just over 10 lbs. were caught on dead bait fished under floats from a local boat angler.  Best fish reported from Bally Hoe 1 lake during the week was a 20 lb fish, also taken on dead bait.


Mullagh LakeCounty Cavan

Shore anglers fishing from the car park of Mullagh lake during the week had some success, again fishing with dead bait, two fish weighing 6lb and a low double were taken on a popped up smelt. 


Castle LakeCounty Cavan

A good number of anglers have been fishing Castle lake in recent days. Reports are sketchy, however we do know that a number of small pike were caught on dead bait fishing from the stands alongside the walkway.  


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Wednesday April 23rd, 2008





contact Eamon Cunningham P.R.O. Athlone Anglers Association Phone Mob: 087 - 2340815


The competition for the Poyntonia Cup will take place next Sunday, 27th April, and as the Trout fishing has been so poor this is a Pike competition so we may have better luck. As usual with Pike competitions there will be two starting points, Gallagher’s Boat Shed and Portrun with both starts at 10.30 am. The locations and contact numbers for each of the Captains will be given to Anglers on the morning of the competition and the presentation of prizes will take place that evening in McNeill’s Bar.

The ShRFB reports for Ray Duthie Old Forge Banagher, Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER  Tel: 057 9151504.  BANAGHER area this week.

Pike angling has picked up in the mid Shannon and water levels have recovered well after the spring flooding of the past few months.

ShRFB reports for the RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck.

From: Theo Kaffa, Van Ostadehof 37, 2251 XR Voorschoten, Holland reports on their recent fishing trip.

We had a total of 81 Pike during our recent trip. We fished the River Shannon from Shannonbridge up the River Suck to Ballinasloe from April 2nd to April 11th. All fish were in the size range 65 and 88 cm, no specimens this year. For bait we used several things like plugs, spinners, spoons, jerkbaits, bull-hawks and bucktails in different colours. The most popular colours were : Blue/white and yellow for the jerkbaits and bucktails , the blank spoons with red tail and the dark colours for the big plugs.

On Saturday 05 / 04 we were sailing to Ballinasloe from Shannonbridge. Navigation on the Suck-River was very difficult due to the water level. We arrived in Ballinasloe in the afternoon. From the harbour on the right hand side we saw an old bridge. The flow was very strong past the bridge allowing us easy access here by dinghy and outboard.  We call that part “Suck-River North”

Saturday 04/04  afternoon - 6 Pike.

Sunday 05 / 04 - 7 Pike.

On Monday 06-04 we sailed with the dinghy to the south. With the kindness of the lock keeper at Pool-boy lock, it was possible to fish the Suck-River southwards.
We had 6 Pike.

Tuesday 07-04 we sailed back to Shannonbridge and fished again the Suck-River south. We caught 8 Pike there.

We resumed fishing on the Suck River and caught 27 Pike in different sizes. (see some photographs). The smallest were 65 cm and the biggest were 90 cm. We also lost 16 other pike as we were fishing with barbless hooks. This allowed the fish to be quickly released with no damage. We were very pleased with the fishing.

Further local info contact Mr John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064 and John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon for the lower River Suck 087 2266735

Dermot Killeen Shannonbridge Tel 090 96 74112 Email: reports for SHANNONBRIDGE area

Shannonbridge fishing report to April 21st...

That cold northerly wind over a few days has caused the land to dry out and the river level yesterday was 2.7 metres as read by Mick Sharry.

The first record of a fish catch recorded in Killeen's Catch Book for this year was made by Reinhard Leiricia from Taubiug, Germany. He caught two pike of 81cm and 61 cm using a wobbling a deadbait. 

Four people from Finland called in today after visiting Clonmacnoise told us that their weather in southern Finland was warmer than our weather. And I was blaming the cold winds coming from the North causing the pike difficult to catch.



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Report dated April 21st...

Back fishing again after what has been a long winter! I started back a little later than last year as I was away with my family over the Easter break. The weather still has not settled down yet and we have had a lot of cold easterly winds which I would not consider the best fishing conditions. My trips have all been at the weekends so far and I was out for the last two.
The first day back was quite rough but we did get a little drift west of
Loop head. The Mackerel were around so that was a good start and on a short drift a bit further off we caught a few bigger fish. After a short while we came back into the estuary and anchored up. This session produced some fine Bull Huss and a nice conger. The next day (Sunday) was a lot calmer and we got well out on to the reefs about 5 or 6 miles off. The fishing here was as good if not better than at any time last year which was a very pleasant surprise. Drifts were producing constant fishing with Pollock and Colie making up most of the catch, but there was a nice mixture of other fish about as well.
The last day I was out was the Sunday just past and the fishing has continued to show very well. Good shoals of Mackerel could be found and mixed through them were so
me very nice Herring. Further off the fishing was constant and we finished off with a nice cod of about 10lbs.


Bill Ryan,

Querrin St.,


Co. Clare.                                                                                                  

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Bill Ryan, angling guide in west Clare reports on some recent shore fishing in the region


Mackerel Fishing

The Mackerel have arrived at last!  Anglers fishing at the weekend from Castle Point just outside Kilkee have caught the first Mackerel of the season. The Mackerel are down deep and are being taken on Mackerel feathers. Shoals of Mackerel were seen on the surface earlier in the week but were not taking the feathers.


Ferry Point, Poulnasherry Bay

Crabs very busy at the moment and are robbing the bait as soon as it hits the water! Anglers who persevere will catch dogfish and some Thornback Ray but frequent re-baiting is necessary.

Doughmore Beach

Now is the time to get that big Bass. Fish Doughmore on evening tides with lugworm or sandeel.

Carrigaholt Beach

Some dogfish being caught on sandeel and Mackerel.