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First salmon of 2019 caught in Donegal 03.01.19

THE first salmon of 2019 has been caught and released on the Lackagh River in County Donegal according to Inland Fisheries Ireland. Michael McCann of Templeard, Derry landed the first salmon in the Garden Pool on the Lackagh River at 9.25am on Tuesday 1st of January. The salmon, which weighed approximately five pounds and was caught on a single barbless hook before being released into the water, was also the first salmon caught and released during International Year of the Salmon which takes place in 2019.
Michael McCann was one of 22 anglers who were fishing on the Lackagh River at the time of the catch. The river is not known for producing the first salmon of the angling season. In 2018, the first salmon was recorded on the River Drowes in Leitrim on the 30th of January while in 2017 it was caught on the Munster Blackwater, Cork on the 1st of February.
Michael McCann about to land the first salmon of the season on the Lackagh River, County Donegal on New Years Day.
Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: I would like to congratulate Michael McCann, on his catch which is highly coveted by anglers across the country. We are particularly delighted that the first salmon of 2019 was caught and released in a sustainable manner in Donegal in compliance with the 2019 regulations. I would urge anglers to step up their conservation efforts and engage in catch & release angling in 2019. The New Year coincides with International Year of the Salmon which aims to raise awareness of some of the challenges facing salmon stocks across the Northern hemisphere.
Salmon populations have plummeted in recent years with the number of salmon returning to Irish shores decreasing by over 70 per cent, which is very concerning. We look forward to promoting this global initiative in Ireland which aims to bring people together to share knowledge, raise awareness and take action on how we can ensure the resilience of salmon in Ireland and across the Northern hemisphere.
Anglers looking for fishing information in Ireland should visit for all the latest angling news and reports. For more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit
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