GALWAY WEIR. The last week of the salmon season of 2005 was very quiet, with only a few anglers fishing. It has been a superb season, especially considering that high water wiped out fishing for the first two weeks of June, normally the most prolific time of year.
LOUGH CORRIB. Fishing on Corrib really picked up over the last week, with anglers reporting lots of trout coming to the fly, a welcome report given how quiet the lake has been of late. In the Greenfields area, Frank Reilly and Peter Burn had 16 fish in one day, including a fine trout of 4.25lb, with 14 of the fish returned alive. In the Cornamona area eleven anglers fished and landed 23 fish averaging 1.5lb. After a long quiet spell, it was heartening to see fishing on the lake really pick up again, even if it came so late in the season.
LOUGH MASK. Fishing on Mask last week was reasonably good, with 109 anglers landing 143 trout in 185 rod-days, with wetfly the most successful method. Sedge patterns, dabblers and bumbles took a lot of fish, with the best fishing along the western shore.. and it is encouraging to see these fish being released. Over the weekend two competitions resulted in great fishing and stiff competition, and 77 trout returned alive to spawn again. It is encouraging to see catch-and-release being adopted by more anglers and clubs.
LOUGH CARRA. Fishing on Carra was fair at times over the week, with eleven anglers landing twelve trout in 15 rod-days. Wetfly predominatedm with sedge patterns, dabblers, and the Octopus doing well.
BUNOWEN AND CARROWNISKEY RIVERS. Rain aplenty in Louisburgh over the last week brought a lot of fresh salmon into the rivers, and anglers were out in numbers to try their luck. A good number of salmon were landed, with seven fish reported to the fishery office, and more probably caught by local anglers and not reported. Three salmon were also reported from the Carrowniskey, with possibly more caught. The average size of fish increased, with several fish of 6-8lb, along with a fish of 10lb for John McDonagh, and the best fish of the year, a magnificent 15.5lb salmon caught by Swiss visitor, Andy Suker. As heavy rain continues to boost water levels, the last few days of the season should see more fish caught.
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