The local people around Killaloe and Ballina and anglers know the importance to the local area of Lough Derg fishing and are vigilant in looking out for illegal fishing of the lake. This is an excerpt from a post on www.fisheriesireland.ie about some recent illegal perch fishing.
Inland Fisheries Ireland successfully prosecuted two individuals at Killaloe District Court recently where fines of €500 each were imposed for taking more than the legal amount of coarse fish on Lough Derg. The two brothers, Roman and Vytas Maslauskas, originally from Lithuania but living in Ireland for the last 8 years, were also disqualified from holding a driving licence for a period of 6 months. Both men have 2 weeks within which to lodge an appeal.