Welcome boost as Lough Ree hailed as top fishing location

Lough Ree is one of the best fisheries in the country, a report by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has found.

  Earlier this month, the organisation released the findings of a scientific survey of adults fish stocks in the lake that was carried out in 2014. The report found: “Currently, Lough Ree can be regarded as one of Ireland’s premier ‘mixed fisheries’. Mixed, in this instance, is a reference to three different fish stocks – cyprinid stocks and both pike and trout populations.

   “The status of all these populations is such that, presently, each of them can provide quality angling on a seasonal basis.”

  The stock survey found that almost 52 per cent of all fish were roach: 20.7 per cent were roach/bream hybrids; 15.9 per cent were perch; significantly smaller numbers of bream, pike, trout and pollan make up the balance.

  The stock assessment indicated the presence of a healthy brown trout population in the fishery, with these fish distributed throughout the lake.

  There has been much local disquiet about the spreading Asian Clam, an invasive species, in Lough Ree. However, as these were only first detected at the ESB Lough Ree power plant at Lanesboro in March 2014, this survey does not shed much light on the effect the species has had on fish stocks.