Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has confirmed that the ‘hot water’ stretch of the River Shannon at Lanesboro has re-opened to anglers.
A ban had been imposed on fishing in the area in recent months due to the discovery of an invasive species of mollusc, the Asian clam. That ban has now been lifted subject to a number of conditions.
IFI has advised that all anglers fishing along the hot water stretch must disinfect all equipment and waders on departure. Four disinfection units, funded by the ESB, have been installed and are now operational. Two of the units are available above and below Lanesboro Bridge on the bankside, one unit is available at the boat slipway and the fourth unit is available on the Ballyleague angling bank.
Signage has been erected at each disinfection unit, containing the appropriate disinfection solution, explaining how to disinfect properly. These units are secured outside normal fishing times but a contact number is available on the signage should an angler require it.
Due to the continued presence of the Asian Clam within this angling stretch, Inland Fisheries Ireland has prohibited the use of any keep net in this area for the foreseeable future.