The river lost a lot of water in the past week and was sitting at 1.1m at Ballylahan this morning. Unfortunately heavy rain today has reversed this trend and the levels are on the rise again.
For the first time in months there is a forecast of dry mild weather for next week. This will be welcomed relieve after the seemingly endless days of wind and rain. If the water came into good order a few anglers may be tempted to try their luck!
Yesterday to get out of cabin fever mode I decided to visit one of the stocked fisheries. The venue was Cloghan Lake in Co Offaly. It covers an area of around nine acres, and is stocked with brown and rainbow trout. Permits cost 15 euros for the day, and you can keep three fish if you wish.
The day was dull and mild with a stiff breeze taking the edge of the temperatures but it was still a big improvement on recent days. I have fished the lake before and headed to a favorite area in the southwest corner to begin my day.
I set up a floating line with an orange blob on the dropper and an olive gold head on the point. I didn’t have long to wait before the leader slid away and a nice brownie shot up the lake. It had taken a fancy to the blob.
Sport was steady for the day and fish seemed to be well dispersed throughout the lake as most areas produced a fish or two as I wandered around the lake. At the end of the day I had landed fifteen fish, eight rainbows and seven brownies. I only lost one fish but had numerous pulls and plucks. The heaviest fish was a rainbow of 2.5lb, with the others in the 1 – 1.5lb range.
The lake was fairly busy at times with another 8 or nine anglers coming and going. Everyone seemed to be having a good day and I saw numerous fish landed. The lake only opened for the season on 1st March and I assume it had been well stocked before hand. Anyway I enjoyed my day and it was just what the doctor ordered.