Salmon start to show on Moy, Cong, Clare, Leane, Laune and Munster Blackwater

Grilse from the Munster Blackwater.

A dull week of weather in north-west Ireland (just six hours of June sunshine in seven days) was brightened by the news that grilse had arrived in some rivers.

Salmon anglers did well on the Moy as water levels dropped to over one metre, and salmon ran during the middle of last week. There were a number of double-figure salmon caught, and the grilse run began. A total of 126 salmon were caught during the week.

Fishing on the Galway Weir was not as good as conditions allowed for, with just ten fish were caught last month. However, some fish were caught upstream in Cong and on the Clare River, and good numbers of fish were also seen on the underwater camera in the weir pool, suggesting most fish were running straight through to the upper waters.

Anglers in Killarney reported four salmon from Lough Leane averaging 5lb, and four from the Laune, averaging 8lb, where the water is still low. Meanwhile, anglers fishing on Kerry’s Lough Currane had no fish to report.

There was better news from the Munster Blackwater, where fishing is said to be steadily improving with fresh fish and sea trout arriving in the system.

Inland Fisheries Ireland reminds salmon anglers that those who purchased 1-day and 21-day licences that have already expired need to return any unused tags, log-books and catch-records.