[ July 2011 ]
The month started off with great promise of good fishing as we had flood after flood. Plenty of fish entered the lake and anglers enjoyed good fishing, however the last 2 weeks have been frustrating with little or no water and wind. The temperature of the surface water is now 18 degrees C. This has driven the Sea Trout into the deeper water of the lake and the fish are lying about 12 feet below the surface and in 90 feet of water. There are lots of fresh Grilse at The Derryclare Butts waiting to run but they have no water to do so. The large Brown Trout are starting to show in the last few days and many anglers have had whoppers including Anke Kondla from Germany with her capture of a fish estimated at 11lbs. Richard and Hugh Maguire from Dublin had numerous trout yesterday (July 31) including 2 Browns of 4 and 6lbs.
Catch totals for the month;
Salmon - 28. Best fish weighed 7.75lbs and was caught by Ronan Power from Galway on a Red Harry on Lough Inagh
Sea Trout - 69. Best fish weighed 3lbs and was caught by Sean McCloskey from Northern Ireland on a Green Octopus on Lough Inagh.
We are in great need of rain to bring new fish in and to rinse the lake to drop the temperature and I am hopeful that Wednesday will see the start of a change in conditions.
Photo: Ronan Creane (Galway) who caught and released this 9lb salmon.
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