THE game fishing season is now in full swing and there are encouraging reports of improved salmon fishing at the popular Drowes river fishery in Leitrim and decent catches of wild trout coming to the duckfly on the Erne, Corrib and Mask in the west and Lough Lene in the midlands.
Last weekend’s heavy rain raised the level of lakes and rivers across the island and was coupled with cold winds making fly fishing difficult. On Sunday I spent two hours on Lough Keenaghan in Fermanagh, it was stocked with 1,000 trout in January, but there was little sign of feeding fish or fly life.
Some DAERA trout waters in the east have also been stocked including Ballykeel, Loughbrickland, Hillsborough and Lough Cowey. Movilla rainbow trout fishery near Newtownards has been stocked with fish averaging 2.5lbs. Manager Keith Duncan tells me,
“This is the first stocking of the new season and should also stir-up the bigger over-wintered fish.”
Sinking lines, nymphs and lures should produce the best results while temperatures remain cold and the trout remain deep.
Salmon anglers will be pleased to learn that manager Jarlath Winters, working with the Loughs Agency through its Sustainable Development Fund, has greatly improved the facilities at Glenmore Lodge on the River Finn in Donegal. Anglers now have access to a fishing hut complete with stove and drying room to dry out their gear at the end of a day on the river. Jarlath said,
“The facilities at Glenmore are now among the best provided, exceed what anglers encounter across Ireland and many of Europe’s other top rivers.”
Meanwhile angling clubs have been urged to participate in the watersports initiative Get Wet 2017. The campaign aims to encourage participation and raise awareness of a variety of water-based outdoor recreation opportunities in Northern Ireland. Information is available at www.getwetni.com or from Angling NI. A weekend of Taster Events will be held on May 6-7. In order to take part angling clubs are required to submit both a Taster Event and Participation Programme to email@example.com