Congratulations to Michael McCann from Templeard, Co. Derry, for catching and releasing the first salmon of the 2019 season in Ireland. The Salmon was caught in the Garden Pool on the Lackagh River in Co. Donegal on opening day (January 1st).
The fresh fish weighed about 5lb (2.26kg) and was taken on a single barbless hook at 9.25am before being released. The Lackagh is a short river of less than a mile and one of 42 open for catch and release. It is also virtually unknown to produce the first salmon in Ireland which makes McCann’s achievement all the more impressive.