Oughterard Brown Trout Hatchery 1992
Oughterard Newsletter February 1993
By John Gibbons
This hatchery has provided Lough Corrib with millions of trout fry over the past 70 years and all the work has been carried out on a voluntary basis by local anglers for the good of all angling interests.
Refurbishment of the Hatchery 1992
In 1990 Lough Corrib Angling Federation (which has now 15 affiliated clubs), decided that the hatchery needed major refurbishment. A fund raising committee was formed, with the aim of raising £50,000. In 1992, a complete reconstruction was carried out, fitted with new stands and pipe work for the incubation trays. A filter unit was built to prevent silting of fish trays. A new concrete access bridge was also built and a roadway made form the hatchery to the holding ponds.
A new water supply was installed, consisting of an 8inch water pipe being laid from up stream of the waterfall to the hatchery. All this work was completed in the summer of 1992, in time for the 1992 and 1993 incubation periods, costing £60,000.
There are now almost 350.000 trout fry hatched out and ready for distribution by the clubs in the nursery streams around Lough Corrib in February and March 1993.
Great credit is due to all the anglers and their friends, in successfully raising the necessary funding to complete this refurbishment as it will be a monument to them for generations to come.