The local rag is reporting that Bilberry lake has been restocked this week. Here is the report from the Connaught Telegraph
‘THE scenic Bilberry Lake in Castlebar has today been restocked with 1,000 brown trout ahead of a busy summer angling season.
The restocking, which costs over €4,000, was funded by members of the Bilberry and Lannagh Anglers Club.
Local election candidate Eugene McCormack said the investment was required because fishing stock in the lakes had declined to low levels.
He stated: “This is not just an investment in local angling, it is an investment in local tourism.
“Those involved with the club deserve the highest plaudits for putting their hands into their own pockets to cover the cost of the restrocking programme.
“I understand they were very disappointed when assistance was not forthcoming from the inlands fisheries authorities for whatever reason.
“But the club members could not let another summer pass by without the lakes being alive with brown trout.
“It’s a tremendous initiative and I am sure we will see the level of anging activities increasing around Castlebar in the months ahead.”
This is good news and is a refection on the hard work put in by the very active committee of the Bilberry angling club. It is only 1000 fish which is not a lot when you consider the challenges they will face from the huge population of pike in the lake. I would recommend you try your luck sooner rather than later on this pretty wee lake. Usual lough flies all work but I used to like something bright on my leader such as a Dunkeld or Silver Invicta
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Thanks for the information! Is Bilberry free to fish these days?
Yes, the fishing is free. I always encourage visitors to hire a boat locally so put some money back into the area. As I understand it the Bilberry club raised the money themselves to buy the fish so it would be nice to see something going back into the area.