Our Shannon RBD employees have reported excessive numbers of brown trout spawning within the feeder streams and rivers of our midland loughs this winter. Trout prefer to spawn in shallow, nicely oxygenated stretches of river. They want good water high quality and loads of gravel for them to dig their redds (gravel nests that the feminine fish dig to put their eggs in). Massive trout dig huge redds and among the redds pictured under have been shaped by the tails of some good sized fish.
Among the streams the place these images have been taken benefitted from habitat restoration work underneath thethrough the years, so it’s nice to see the arduous work of angling golf equipment and IFI employees repay.
Lots of the fish that spawned this winter could have been fish that have been caught and launched by anglers fishing the loughs within the spring and summertime; the sustainable observe of catch and launch angling will assist to make sure wholesome shares of untamed brown trout on our loughs for generations to return.
In low water circumstances a eager eye can select the areas of disturbed gravel – washed clear from the disturbance and raised in to a hump downstream of a slight despair within the riverbed.
In case you are strolling beside an Irish river or stream within the subsequent few days hold an eye fixed out for redds and also you would possibly even see a trout or two shut by, the dearth of rain in current days will make it easier to to identify them. Most redds might be smaller than those proven – as these are the work of massive lough trout (or they could even be places the place quite a few fish spawned in the identical spot).