[ May 2010 ]
The season has opened again after one of the coldest winters for many years. Repairs have been carried out to many of the stiles and footbridges that needed attention along the main river. The Sea Trout research continued on the river with the downstream trap on Tawnyard Lough put into operation during the months of March, April and May – details of the numbers of migration fish will be compiled in the next few weeks.
A total of 20,000 salmon smolts have been released into the lower river after imprinting for some 9 weeks in the holding tanks at Aasleagh. The smolts were in excellent condition and these will be expected to return back to the Erriff in the summer of 2011.
Overall water levels and temperatures have been low early in the year but temperatures increased during the long period of fine weather, which did not help the fishing. With the low water levels and minimal flow in the fish pass there has been limited activity on the fish counter.
The first fish of the season was caught by Mr. John McCullough, Dublin on the 21st. May in the Upper Garden Pool on Beat 9. The fish was taken on a size 12 Cascade and weighed 9 lbs. Reports indicate that there are a number of Spring fish and the odd Grilse appearing in the Killary with a few fish showing on Beat 9. We are looking forward to a change in the weather and the additional bonus of the returns from the 20,000 smolts released in the Spring of 2009.
Photo: one of 6 sea trout that came in through the Fish Counter at Aasleagh
Falls. As you can see the sea trout is 34 cms and is in excellent condition.
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