Angling reports

Reports on the fresh and saltwater angling around the Mayo area.

I have not been posting any report recently simply because the heatwave halted pretty much all angling in the area. The weather finally broke yesterday with some welcome clouds and rain. The rain was patchy so had little effect on river levels but some more persistent rainfall occurred here overnight which will hopefully lift the rivers an inch or two. The forecast is for showers for thew rest of this week. If you are thinking about coming to Mayo for some angling next weekend should see things pick up a bit.

4th July

Happy Independence Day to my USA readers! Not so much an angling report as a local weather report today. We have had localised heavy rain across the county over the past two day with more rain forecast for the upcoming week. With good stocks of grilse lying in the lower Moy you can expect them to be on the move and taking flies early this week. If you can, drop everything and head for the Moy!

The Burrishool fishery has opened but I have yet to hear of any salmon being caught.

Carrowmore has been picking away with a few grilse and sea trout. No reports of any fish from Beltra but the fresh water will entice a few in from the tide this week. Conn is very quiet but Mask is doing OK.

29th June 2021

Grilse are running the river Moy in reasonable numbers now despite very low water. I am hearing that there are also some grilse in the Owenmore but it is desperately low with no signs of any rain to come in the near future. Sea trout now in Carrowmore in good numbers. Lough Mask continues to fish well but Conn has gone very quiet. We need rain!!

22nd June 2021

I have been away for a few days so am only catching up now on the angling in Mayo.

Salmon are coming into the river Moy but low water levels have meant they are generally lying in the lower reaches witha good stock now in the Ridge pool in Ballina. EMAA waters are picking away but it has been a poor season so far. A few salmon have made it into Lough Conn with the odd one being caught by anglers.

With the mayfly now over for another year trout anglers are finding a bit tough but Mask is still producing a few to wet and dry fly.

31st May 2021

Hard to believe it is the last day of May already! Trout fishing was impacted by poor angling conditions over the past week with bright sunshine and flat calm on many days. Lough Mask is fishing well considering the conditions and lough Conn is picking up. Peter Gray had a nice fresh grilse while trolling on Conn on Friday last. Some fresh salmon are nosing their way into the Moy system with the odd one being caught.

18th May 2021

A bit of a mixed bag really with some good trout fishing but poor returns for salmon anglers. Pat McHale had a salmon on the troll on lough Conn last week, Rocky Moran had a nice 11 pounder from Beltra and Carrowmore is still giving up one or two salmon per day. The river Moy is very quiet though with just the odd fish being taken despite lots of good anglers trying their luck. I was in Ballina today and there were no anglers at the back of the boxes, one on the ridge and nobody fishing the cathedral, so that tells you there are not many fish around!

Mask is fishing well with good hatches of mayfly in some locations but no signs of fly in others, so move to find the fish. Corrib is continuing to fish well and some huge trout are being boated, mainly by the dappers. Conn is just coming on now and I heard that Cullin is also fishing well.

Sea anglers are reporting small flats and dogs but the saltwater should begin to improve soon.

10th May 2021

Grab your rods and head over to the west! Recent fresh water has brought runs of salmon into the north Mayo rivers and something like 20 were landed on the Owenmore over the weekend.

On the trout front I hear the Corrib is ‘fishing its socks off’ at the moment. Mask is also producing a few trout. Conn remains quiet but I imagine it will pick up over the coming days.

4th May 2021

Well, the weather has taken a turn for the worse with a very cold airstream over the country. The unseasonably cold climate has put the dampers on the fishing here in Mayo for now and there has been very little action to report. Heavy rain on Monday was very localised with some catchments seeing flood conditions while others barely lifted at all. The Moy came up a little today and this should encourage a few more salmon to run. Carrowmore is seeing roughly two fish per day. The Owenmore river is still quiet.

Lough Conn has seen a few trout come to anglers using sinking lines while Lough Mask has seen better catches with a few trout to 3 pounds being taken.

The forecast is for more unsettled weather with rain next weekend. At this rate it will be the middle of the month before we can think of mayfly fishing in earnest.

26th April 2021

The weather has warmed up and the angling has improved too here in Mayo.

Carrowmore continues to fish well. Toby Gibbons, that fine angler from Westport, had a couple of fresh springers of 6 and 7 pounds last Saturday. He returned on Sunday afternoon in even better conditions but the salmon were not playing. He told me he saw other fish being caught though. Despite the bright conditions it seems to have been darker patterns that were pulling the fish with Green Peter, Claret Bumble and Bruiser all taking a few fish.

Mike Farrell had a good day on lough Mask, boating 5 good trout. Good to see things improving on the Mask at last.

Turning to the river Moy and there are a trickle of salmon being caught. EMAA saw 4 fish landed last week for instance, 3 of those falling to the rod of Aidan Connolly on the worm. The river dropped again after a small rise on Tuesday.

Sea angling has begun for the year with lesser spotted dogfish being caught in increasing numbers from the shore in Clew Bay. I have heard of some postage stamp sized flounder, dabs and turbot too but the bigger lads are yet to appear.

The settled conditions are set to last for the early part of this week before a change for the weekend.

17th April 2021

As the travel restrictions have eased this past week so anglers have been able to start casting a line again. Lough Conn remains quiet with Pat McHale losing a fresh fish on the troll the only action I know of.

Carrowmore is producing  steady trickle of fish, or rather it has been- a strong wind today will have churned the lake. Vincent McHugh landed his first salmon on the fly last Thursday morning, a fine fish of well over 10 pounds. Ben Baynes had a nine pounder the next day and his boat partner, Christy Murphy had a similar sized fish late in the day. A couple of other fresh salmon have been boated too.

Vincent, very happy with his lovely springer off Carrowmore

13th April 2021

Spring salmon beginning to be caught now. A couple of fish from Carrowmore I hear so they are off the mark in north Mayo.  Both sides of Beltra fishing well, one boat on the Newport House side turned 4 fish one day, landing one of them. On the Glenisland side Aiden Beirne landed a fine fish of over 14 pounds, netted by his dad, Phil. Ben Baynes had a nice 8.5 pounder too.

11th April 2021

Another very quiet week here with little in the way of angling effort due to the lockdown. That will change this coming week as Mayo anglers will be allowed to travel within the county from Monday. Very cold weather has not helped the trout anglers and high water is compounding their problems but a few trout are being boated on Mask and Conn. Fresh salmon are running the Newport river and the locals are catching a few in Beltra. Strangely, it is very quiet down on Delphi and II have heard of only one recent salmon there.

2nd April 2021

Still not much to report as the 5km rule continues to prevent anglers from getting out. A few locals have been trying their luck on Lough Beltra since it opened on 20th March. Connor Deffley has been doing well with two springers so far, one of 7 pounds and the other a cracker of 14 pounds. Well done big fella!

I heard of two spring salmon caught on the troll on Lough Conn as well.

All river systems are still at very high levels and the water is cold as you would expect at this time of year. Some arctic weather is promised for w/c 5th April which will not help us but after that the angling should quickly improve.

27th March 2021

Rods have been fishing Lough Beltra since it opened on 20th of this month but no salmon reported yet. There is a rumor that one angler hooked a fresh springer but it came off. Water levels are good but with more rain expected over this weekend that could change.

I know a couple of rods have tried Lough Conn but they didn’t meet any fish. Conditions were harsh with cold winds and heavy showers so maybe the forecast high pressure by the middle of next week will bring in some warmer weather.

March 24th 2021

Very few anglers lucky enough to live within 5km of the water so hardly any fishing done locally so far. Heard of a couple of nice trout caught in Cloghans Bay on Lough Conn (I presume by some of the Kelly lads). Also some nice trout off of Mask boated by anglers using green humungous lures on fast sinking lines.

March 2nd, 2021

No fish reported so far off the East Mayo Anglers waters. A few hardy locals have been out but without any success as yet. The club are offering 3 day permits for the price of 2 for the 2021 season. Book 2 day permits and get the 3rd day free. Permits must be booked and paid for in advance. The offer is available throughout the season from March through September. Normal travel restrictions and Covid 19 travel regulations apply. It is the responsibility of the angler to ensure they are following the government guidelines at time of booking. Contact East Mayo Anglers Association or any of the normal ticket outlets to avail of this great offer. Normal terms and conditions of the fishery apply.

Also, a reminder about the Swinford 250 Catch & Release Cup and the chance to share in €600 worth of prizes

February 28th, 2021

A quick round up as there is very little angling taking place due to the Covid-19 travel restrictions. Trout fishing is due to open in most places tomorrow and I am sure some lucky anglers who live on the banks of a river or lough will be out to try their luck. The weather has settled down and has been spring-like some days this past week so there is every chance of an early trout. The Corrib of course has been open all month and I hear there have been some good trout caught on the trolled brickeen. Us normal mortals are too terrified of the cops to risk breaking lockdown and launching our boats so it is hard to judge how good or bad the fishing actually is with so few rods out.

Salmon are being caught on the Drowes and Delphi including a very large springer reportedly weighing 25 pounds landed from the sea pool on the Drowes on a black flying C. I have heard nothing for the local sea anglers so far and even the pike lads appear to be sitting at home.

Covid travel restrictions are unlikely to be eased before May so unless I hear of anything it will be late April before I update here.

Stay safe boys and girls!


October 2020 – Afraid to say that travel is back to being restricted to no further than 5km from your home address. Little fishing has been taken part and this will continue for at least 6 weeks. Realistically, it will be spring 2021 before anything approaching normality returns to Irish angling so there will be no more reports form me until then.

All angling in the Republic of Ireland was banned as part of the Covid-19 lockdown. Gradually, things will get back to some kind of normality and the fishing has started to resume. Travel restrictions mean there is only a small amount of fishing being done by locals.

31st May 2020

Local anglers are seeing some sport on Lough Mask but the sunny conditions are making it hard. The same goes for Lough Conn where the mayfly is petering out now. There seems to be a good head of smaller trout in the lake this year though. I have only heard of a couple of salmon boated.

Occasional salmon are nosing into the river Moy and the local experts are managing to catch the odd fish but the river is dreadfully low and there is no significant rain forecast.

17th May

Asking around my contacts there appear to be a few salmon in Lough Conn as the locals are seeing some pitching over the usual shallows. The lucky few local anglers who live next to Lough Mask are getting some good fishing too. The water is too low for successful angling on Lough Beltra and we urgently need a good shot of rain but there does not appear to be any coming our way this week.

6th May

Despite the lockdown a small number of anglers have been fishing locally if they are lucky enough to live within 2km of the water. The floods of February and early March gave way to unseasonably dry weather and the river systems are at very low levels now. The low water should have favoured the bottom beats of the river Moy in Ballina but the locals are finding very few salmon so far. I m hearing of no fish from Lough Beltra despite the occasional rod being out and again, this is a fishery which needs high water. No news from Conn/Cullin but if they are not getting fish at Ballina there will be very few in Conn. I heard yesterday that there is a good head of fish in Carrowmore but it is not being fished. The extension of the restricted movement area to 5km will encourage a few more anglers out but we badly need a lot of rain to stir the fish.

ridge pool
The Ridge Pool

24th March

Rocky Moran gets the first fish on Beltra, a beauty of around 15 pounds on a red shrimp fly

Rocky with his fish

20th March

Opening day on Lough Beltra saw poor angling conditions with only very light, variable winds. I heard of two kelts boated during the day.

10th March 2020

18th March

Heard that some trout are being caught on the troll on Lough Conn. Fishing up on the north west side of the lake two Castlebar boats had good sport trolling Salmos and Rapalas with trout to 2.5 pounds and pike to 8 pounds. Some fly fishing attempted but it was always going to be hard work with fast sinking lines in the very high water. I think that peter Gray and his partner had a couple of trout on the fly though up to one pound ten ounces.


Three fresh salmon caught on Delphi recently, 12, 16 and 17 pounds.

First salmon caught on Lough Melvin. One good point of all this high water is any early running salmon have had a good chance to get well up the river systems. Hopefully a few are now hunkered down somewhere safe. More wind and rain across the west of Ireland this week and water levels remain very high. Strong winds are making conditions very challenging for anglers.


4th March.

I have never fished Currane but it is a lough I would love to try. Maybe this season?

From the fishing ireland site:

From the Bangor Erris FB page:
‘Bangor Angling Bangor Erris
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We are still waiting for the weather to improve to get out on the lake.Lake is 5 ft above normal and car park partially covered in water.’

With yet more rain today and an unsettled forecast for the first part of the week it will be sometime before the Lake is fishable.

Feb 20th

I was talking to one of the fisheries officers and he tells me that a few salmon have been sneaking into Carrowmore lake up in Bangor so there will be a few there for anglers early in the season. these are always very difficult fish to catch but some local angler spent a lot of time and effort trying to catch that elusive first fish there.

Delphi had some action when it opened but is has gone quiet again there now.

The weather remains wet and windy with most rivers at maximum height and frequently over topping the banks. No sign of any real improvement in the weather yet with heavy rain again on 25th.

The season has opened on the Corrib, Not many fish around due to the horrid conditions but at least one good one was landed on the troll. See report here:


19th September 2019

The weather has been mixed with showers but a period of warm, dry weather has settled over the country for this week. River levels are dropping fast after floods two weeks ago. That got some stale salmon moving and a few were caught throughout the length of Moy system. Not much signs of fresh fish though.

Sea trout being caught on Beltra but nothing of any great size. Brownies moving in good numbers at the North end of Lough Conn, but all seem to be small fish. The bottom part of the lough remains extremely quiet. Mask is fishing well when you get the conditions.

Shore angling has been confined to doggies, mainly in the dark. Very few Mackerel around for shore rods.

August 2019

It has been a month since I last posted and that is with good reason, the fishing in Mayo has been absolutely dire for all of that time. With the World Cup starting this week the good news is that lough Mask is probably the one fishery which is still producing some sport. Trout are being caught both in the deeps and in shallow water.

The river Moy is producing a steady trickle of fish but many of them are highly coloured by now.

I have not fished it for years but I heard through the grapevine that the Owenmore gave up a few grilse at the last spate. All were returned of course.

The charter boats in Clew Bay are picking up Pollock and Mackerel but the fish are well scattered in the deeper water. Shore angling is only producing LSD’s, mainly after dark.

30th June 2019

Local rivers have returned to normal summer levels again after a dry week here in Mayo. Grilse continue to run the river Moy and they are now scattered throughout the whole system. The beats immediately above Ballina are providing the best catches but you can encounter fresh fish just about anywhere on the main river or its tributaries.

Beltra is giving up both salmon and sea trout when conditions are favourable.

Sea fishing is picking up in Clew Bay as the water warms up. The mackerel are small and are still hugging the deeper water but they should come closer in over the next few weeks.

Sunday, 9th June 2019

The weather has remained unsettled with frequent heavy showers keeping the rivers topped up. A steady stream of fish coming off Beltra when conditions allow including the first grilse of the season. Catches on the Moy have not been spectacular considering the huge angling effort over the past two weeks. A mix of springers and grilse are being landed but you need to brave the crowds on the river banks!

lough Conn is very quiet with very few salmon around and mainly small trout coming to the fly. Lough Mask is probably the best bet right now if you are visiting the area.

rain clouds gather over Lough Conn

Saturday, 1st June 2019

Apologies, I’m not so good at writing angling reports! Here is a quick update. There was rain most days this past week so the river systems in mayo all got a good rise in water levels. this has allowed the salmon to run and the first serious numbers of grilse are now making their way up the rivers and streams. Angling pressure is huge with many rods out now there is a chance of a fish. Worming is the order of the day where it is allowed.

On the lakes the mask is fishing very well indeed and it is by far the best bet if it is the spotted lads you want to fish for. Lough Conn is producing large numbers of trout but the vast majority of them are very small. try dry fly tactics to target bigger fish. Cullin is weeded up and not worth bothering with now.

In summary, the next week should provide us with good fishing so if you can get here quickly Mayo is the place to be.

Thursday, 11th April

A trickle of salmon are entering the Moy with one or two being caught as far up as Ballylaken bridge.

Carrowmore has seen 5 boated so far after a slow start. Beltra needs better winds but there are some fish in the lake.

Trout fishing on Mask and Conn remains good

Monday, 1st April 2019

At last! The first fish was boated on Carrowmore lake by Brian Hope. Well done Brian on your 7 pounder.

Toby Gibbons had a fine basket of 18 trout from Clogher lake over the weekend.

Wednesday 27th March

Your’s truely landed a ten pound springer from just below Ballylacken bridge on the Moy today.

Tuesday, 26th March

Another salmon was boated on Beltra today but I don’t have any details. Micksie Clarke landed a sea-liced springer at Ballylacken bridge on the Moy and there seems to be a trickle of salmon nosing their way up the river.

Monday, 25th March

I heard that Rocky Moran had a nine pounder on Beltra today, the first of the season there. There was one fish caught last week on the East Mayo Anglers water on the Moy. I believe that fish weighed around 8.5 pounds.

Lough mask continues to fish well for those who are willing to give it a try.

The Burke competition fished out of Clonbur was cancelled this year due to the sad loss of Sean Moloney a few days ago. May Sean rest in peace.

With water levels dropping back nicely and a lift in air temperature we should see more action this week.

Friday, 1st March

Hurray! the trout season opens today on some of the waters i like to fish so I will try to sneak out this weekend for a few casts.

First salmon of the season was taken on the worm from the East Mayo Anglers waters on the Moy. A 10 pounder fresh fish.

Mask and Corrib are both fishing well I hear.

Thursday, 21st February

I hear the early fishing has been good on Lough Corrib with some nice trout being caught. Mask is producing a few good trout in the Ballygary area. The weather has been kind with mild temperatures (unlike this time last year).

On the salmon front there don’t seem to be many fish around yet. Delphi is seeing the odd clean fish but that is about all.

We have had a fair bit of rain lately so water levels are good. If the weather remains like this we could see a steady improvement in catches as we head into March.


Monday, 4th July

I heat some grilse have finally turned up in Lough Conn and that some trout are beginning to be caught too. Mask continues to fish the best of all the local waters. We badly need some rain here – the rest of the country has suffered flash flooding due to thunder storms but we remain unusually dry

Sunday, 27th May

Castlebar angers had a competition on Lough Conn today but they struggled in very difficult conditions. Only one trout weighed in by the 20 anglers. Lots of undersize fish caught apparently. Reasonable hatch of mayfly on the water.

A rise in water levels on the Moy last week encouraged a small run of grilse to enter the river. One or two of these seem to have sneaked up into Lough Conn.

Calm, warm weather forecast for the coming week – Carrowmore should be worth a cast (I am away on business so I will have to leave to you guys!)

4th May

OK, so it is some time since I updated this page but the fishing has been ‘patchy’ in the area. This is disappointing as we should normally see good angling around this time of the year. I have some positive news now though………….

  • River Moy – good numbers of both grilse and salmon are in the river now. Catches will rise over the next week………….
  • Lough Conn – fresh springers seen on the usual lies. Some trout being caught by visitors too
  • Lough Mask. Good trout fishing being reported from the west shoreline.
  • Beltra – I heard of three fish yesterday!
  • Lough Carra- no reports of any trout yet but this lake should start to fish this coming week

Time to get the rods out lads, there are fish around!

w/c 23rd April

  • Salmon being caught in increasing numbers along the length of the Moy system now with fish up to the mid-teens landed recently
  • Salmon also showing in lough Conn over the weekend. No reports of any caught so far though
  • Delphi fishing well
  • Carrowmore is quiet as the continuing strong winds have made the lake unfishable. It should fish well once we get a spell of settled weather
  • Beltra doing well

week commencing 16th April

The season has taken off at last with fish finally being caught across the county.

  • Springers are nosing into the Moy system and are being caught on most beats. Nothing too hectic for now, just the occasional fish but at least there are a few around.
  • Beltra has a small stock of fresh salmon in it after the recent rain. Pat McHale had a couple this past week.
  • Carrowmore was fishing well until strong winds churned the lake early in the week. I suspect it may have settled enough for it to fish today (Sunday) but more wind is forecast for later today.
  • I hear the Corrib is fishing well with the duckfly

Beltra: A 13lb fish today for Dave McCloon at Tommy’s Wall on a Silver Badger.

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A big rawner caught on the lough.


27th March

Heard a second fresh salmon was caught on Lough Beltra yesterday.

24th March

I saw a fine springer (10 – 12 pounds) running the Garavogue river in the heart of Sligo this morning, despite low water.

The Cong Canal is still fishing well with some large ferox being caught on dead baits.

The Glenisland Coop competition was held today. 19 anglers fished but the only salmon boated was a fish of 9 pounds taken by Frank Dooley. Good man Frank!

The high water at the start of the salmon season was followed by snow in February and early March. This disrupted the beginning of the season and it is only now (start of the second week in March) that the fishing is picking up.

River Moy: I have heard of 4 salmon so far, Cloongee picked up one fine fish of around 15 pounds and 3 have been landed at Ballina. I would expect East Mayo Anglers to start to fish this week.

Conn and Cullin: no reports of any salmon so far

Delphi; Picking away with a few fresh fish

Carrowmore: Seamus Henry reports that Gerry Carolan boated the first salmon of the season off the lake yesterday, a silvery fish of 8 pounds

11th June 2017

I have been working in Dublin all week so this is just the info I have gathered over the phone to my contacts in the west.

Rain at last! While it has been a period of showers and sunshine for the past couple of weeks we finally had more prolonged rain this week, bringing water levels up and encouraging migratory fish to access the rivers. The Moy is fishing well with salmon and grilse coming to all methods. Highlight must be the 6 fish that willy old fox Aidan Connelly landed on the East Mayo Anglers water during the week. Salmon have finally appeared in Lough Conn in numbers and are being caught by those who target them and concentrate on the known lies.

The local spate rivers all saw a good rise but I have no reports of any catches so far.

Beltra and the Newport river have seen fresh fish and both are very definitely worth fish this coming week.

4 salmon off the Coop side of Beltra yesterday ranging from 6 to 11 pounds.

A couple of nice springers there

Thursday, 30th March

Bangor Erris are reporting the first two fish off Carrowmore, and good sized fish they are too! The first was a 14 pounder  for Mervyn Corway. That was followed by an excellent fish of 12.5 pounds boated by Stephen Corr. With some settled weather the chances of more shining spring fish are excellent.

Saturday, 25th March 2017

I have heard of 3 salmon so far off the Glenisland side of Lough Beltra.

The first salmon off the East Mayo Anglers water on the Moy has just been landed. It was caught and released by Ian Guegan, Callow. The 8lb sea liced salmon  was landed from Ryan’s pool on a Flying C. With the high water there should be a few more lurking up there. Foxford got off the mark to with this fish –

Lots of duckfly hatching on the Corrib now and Mask is fishing very well. Water levels across the area are dropping back now.


More action on Beltra today and a fine fish for Edwin Oxlade. It took a Beltra Badger off of Clark’s point.

A beauty

20.3.2017. Beltra is off the mark with a fresh springer for Frank Dooley on opening day.

A nice fish for Frank
A nice fish for Frank

20.3.2017 Nothing to report form Carrowmore so far. The lake is badly churned after a period of strong winds.

Only heard of one fish so far from the Moy. It was taken at the back of the boxes in Ballina. Photos in the local press look like it was around 7 pounds or so. The Moy is dropping back now after a sustained period of very high water. High hopes that some early springers have run the river. East Mayo should be worth a cast next week if there is no more rain.

Reports locally of great fishing with small Rapalas and the Brikeen on the Corrib. These are the kind of lures which are working now.

A small floater (top) and an X-rap

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