Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 27th August

Once again, the fishing has been a tad challenging on Loch Leven over the recent period. On Sunday for instance, a very strong east wind was coupled with unbroken sunshine all day. Despite these normally near impossible fishing conditions, fish were up on the surface especially near the weed beds but they proved mighty difficult to catch. However it was a joy to see these fish in evidence, often in good numbers.

The previous day, Alan Temple had some good sport fishing dries on the edge of the weed beds along the South Shore near to Cavelstone Strip. Alan lost a couple of good size fish, one of which ‘broke’ him, then had 3 nice fish and covered ‘countless more’ in a couple of hours.
Fish are now ‘patrolling’ the large shoreline weed beds in good numbers. The main attraction for these fish is undoubtedly the large shoals of perch fry and stickleback. But Corixa are also now showing up and will definitely be featuring in the trouts’ diet.

Open water drifts are still producing results especially in a good steady blow with full cloud cover. It is also worth watching the esturial areas of the main burns from now on as they will start filling up with fish, both big and small. The fish that normally move into the burn mouths usually drag numbers of non-breeders along with them. In fact, I have recorded non-breeders running the streams presumably on a sort of ‘dry run’!

Recommending specific flies at the moment is quite difficult. Some anglers have had success on dries and on very small traditionals on the calmer days but the traditional brown trout patterns arestill working. Fry patterns such as Peter Ross and Alexandra teal blue & silver are certainly well worth a try among surface moving fish suspected of fry bashing.

Water clarity remains much the same as last week at 1.3 meters whilst the water temperature has risen slightly to 16oC.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 17th August

There is not a great deal of fresh news to report at Loch Leven over the past week with the summer holiday season still in full swing meaning many anglers are otherwise engaged on family duty! Fish are still being caught but in the main it has been pretty hard work.

Barry Tindall had the week’s biggest fish (by a tiny margin!) estimated at 4 1/2 lbs – he also had another at about 2 lbs whilst his fishing partner had a further 2 smaller sized fish which too were returned. Barry caught his brownies pulling Muddlers just off the Reed Bower.

Barry Tindall with one of his 2 fish

Barry Tindall with one of his 2 fish

On Wednesday, Mr Walker from Perth had 2 fish with a total weight of 8 lbs, one of which was 4 lbs 6 ozs and the other just under 4 lbs. He caught these 2 fish on an Invicta and a Snatcher respectively fishing in a west wind just to the east of Castle Island.

Fish are now ‘hanging around’ some of the big weed beds and raiding the huge shoals of mainly stickleback fry but are proving to be very wary and don’t drop their guard too often. The open water drifts are still holding good numbers of fish of all age groups but they too are only ‘switching on’ when the conditions suit.

Dry flies have been taking a few fish during the week which is a really satisfying way to catch them. Snatchers, Kate McLaren, Bibio and various types of Invicta have all been catching fish on occasions.

Some of the flies which we traditionally associate here at Loch Leven with late summer / early autumn are now beginning to appear such as Daddy Long Legs, Sedge (mainly Silverhorn) and, believe it or not, Yellow Owl albeit as yet in not particularly prolific numbers. A great photo was taken last night by Corin Smith of a hatch over Reed Bower – thanks Corin for sending this in.

Fly hatch last night above Reed Bower (photo by Corin Smith)

Fly hatch last night above Reed Bower (photo by Corin Smith)

Water clarity is down slightly at between 1.2 – 1.4 meters and water temperature is still a comfortable 15oC.

Just to finish off this week’s report on the blog, we thought we might share some great photos we found posted on Twitter over the last few days taken at Loch Leven. We are not sure the name of the first photographer (goes by the moniker of @TheChaosBoys on Twitter) who took some fabulous action shots of an osprey in action on the loch – nobody has obviously told it about ‘Catch & Release’!

An osprey in action on Loch Leven

An osprey in action on Loch Leven

In the second photo by Phil Johnston, it shows a roe deer also trying to find out what’s with this fishing malarkey!

A roe deer venturing out into Loch Leven (photo by Phil Johnston)

A roe deer venturing out into Loch Leven (photo by Phil Johnston)

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 11th August

‘Working away quietly’ probably best describes the fishing on Loch Leven over the last week. Fish are certainly showing when conditions are favourable but the real challenge for anglers is in accurately reading the situation. I suppose that is why they describe our sport as ‘fishing’!
To give one example, two anglers were out fishing on Sunday for the afternoon and evening sessions. They were having a little bit of success early on but it was hard work. Then, at about 7pm, the fish suddenly ‘switched on’ and were being contacted almost every other cast. They caught 5 good fish in an hour and a half with many more undersized fish landed but not recorded. Then, at 8.30pm, they ‘switched off’ again and it was back to hard work. During that ‘Duffers’ hour and a half, the fish had obviously reacted to perhaps a change of light, a slight difference in the wind or most likely a small hatch of fly which the anglers had perhaps not been aware of.
Over the week, there have been sign nice fish recorded but none in the 6 lbs bracket that we had seen the previous week. Heaviest fish that we are aware of for last week was a nice trout weighing exactly 4 lbs which was caught by Alan Mulgrew from Falkirk. Alan caught his fish just below the surface on a Bibio at the North Buoy.

Alan Mulgrew with a nice 4 lbs brownie caught on a Bibio

Alan Mulgrew with a nice 4 lbs brownie caught on a Bibio

The open water drifts now appear to be holding good numbers of fish particularly in the south part of the loch such as the South Deeps, Carden Point to the south shore of St Serfs and just east of Reed Bower. Some very big fish have been seen splashing around pretty much all over the loch and we look forward to them turning their attentions to the huge shoals of fry which are now showing near to the weed beds.
Water clarity remains pretty much the same at 1.5 meters but larger counts of small algaes are responsible for the reduction in clarity in places as we would expect at this time of year. The water temperature is still hovering around the 15oC mark.
As the evenings start to grow shorter, anglers perhaps ought to capitalise on what we think is probably the best option of a combined afternoon & evening session, particularly on those admittedly rather rare bright days when the best of the sport tends to be late afternoon & early evening.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 2nd August

There have been some really nice fish caught this past week on Loch Leven despite the often unfavourable weather conditions. Out fishing on Friday evening with Kinross AC, Donald McGregor had a great fish weighing 5 lbs 12 ozs – from memory, he had one tipping the scales at over 6 lbs on a previous club outing in May and so fortune is definitely shining on him this season for some strange reason!!

Also out with Kinross AC that evening was John Reid who caught a lovely 5 lbs brownie on an olive Snatcher using a fast glass line on the Cavelstone Strip. As you can see from the photo below, John is clear front –runner in the broadest grin of the year competition!

The grin just sums it up for John Reid as he showed off the lovely 5 lbs brownie he caught off the Cavelstone Strip

The grin just sums it up for John Reid as he showed off the lovely 5 lbs brownie he caught off the Cavelstone Strip

His was one of 25 fish taken in total by Kinross that night with their 6 boats. The Club returns nearly all fish caught on their outings and their competition is run on the basis of aggregate length of fish caught by anglers rather than weight. Eddie Todd won the club outing that evening with 5 fish with an aggregate length of 1590mm (which is 62.6 inches in real money). In total, his boat had 9 fish all caught drifting onto point of St. Serfs in a SW wind.

Out last night (Sunday), Rod McLennan had a good fish weighing 4 lbs 2 ozs which was one of 9 fish in total ‘in his basket’

All of these nice fish, however, were eclipsed though by the cracking 6 lbs 9 ozs fish caught by 70 year old angler, Eck Bolton when out on Wednesday evening. Eck caught his fish just east of Reed Bower on a small size 12 black & silver lure fished behind a sink tip line.

Eck Bolton with the cracking 6 lbs 9 ozs brownie caught just east of Reed Bower

Eck Bolton with the cracking 6 lbs 9 ozs brownie caught just east of Reed Bower

A lot of small fish are now beginning to appear in the open water drifts mainly to the west of St Serfs Island. However, among these small fish , there are some nice big ones lurking which keeps life very interesting when fish are moving. Keeping an eye out for swallows and martins paid off for a couple of anglers who were fishing ‘dead water’. Spotting a large number of these busy little birds feeding near to the water’s surface some 200-300 yards away, a quick adjustment to the drift and they immediately found themselves amongst feeding fish!

Water clarity has edged marginally higher to 1.7 meters whilst water temperature remains unseasonably low at 15oC but this is still quite comfortable for the fish.

Fish are now being found patrolling the weed beds and, while there does not appear to be a great deal of fry activity just yet, I am sure we will see some big fish ‘fry bashing’ before the season is much older. Fish are being caught pretty much anywhere on the loch at the moment but, as always, much depends on the wind strength and direction when deciding where to concentrate your efforts. Ask the Fishery staff at the Pier for up-to-date information about specific areas, methods and flies to use.

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Loch Leven Fishing report – period ending 27th July

Frustratingly, the weather gods have continued to look less than favourably on anglers venturing out on Loch Leven over the past week. Low temperatures and often high winds, coupled with sparse hatches of flies, have made the fishing a tad challenging.

However, des[ite the conditions, fish are still being caught. On Monday while out fishing on his own, Eric Arthur had 3 fish (all returned) just off Alice’s Bower. Eric estimated his largest fish to be at about 4 lbs which is the largest brownie he has ever caught. Also on Monday evening, Barry Phillips had a lovely fish at 3 lbs 7 ozs brownie when out with Dunfermline Railway AC about 18.30 – again, the biggest brownie he has ever caught! He used a little olive gold head buzzer he had tied up specifically for Loch Leven this year. The drift was point of St Serfs to East Buoy and he was using a Di 3 line with slow pulls. Both this fly and technique have apparently worked well for him this year so far!

Barry Phillips with his 3 lbs 7 ozs brownie and the olive gold headed buzzer he caught it with

Barry Phillips with his 3 lbs 7 ozs brownie and the olive gold headed buzzer he caught it with

On Tuesday, John Findlay was out with a pal and had 4 fish, one of which weighed 3 lbs 4 ozs (see photo below), another 3 lbs and the remaining two much smaller ones at around ¾ lbs. They were fishing traditionals near to Mid Buoy.

John Findlay's lovely 3 lbs 4 ozs brownie

John Findlay’s lovely 3 lbs 4 ozs brownie

On Saturday evening, Cameron Cranston, all the way down from Aird near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis had a lovely fish weighing 3 lbs 6 ozs caught on a Black Pennell.

Water clarity has dropped to 1.6 meters this week mainly due to the appearance of some small background algae but zooplankton are still prolific in the water column. The water temperature too has dropped to an unseasonally low level at around 15oC. The weed beds are holding good numbers of fish attracted by the wide variety of food sources normally found in that environment.

The open water drifts are all still working, as are all the drop off areas along ‘the bank’ from North Buoy to East Buoy. The area just east of Castle Island and Reed Bower is holding good numbers of fish with some nice big ones in evidence.

Fry are now beginning to congregate around the many weed beds and, as mentioned earlier, these are attracting the attention of stalking brownies.

As reported in previous blogs, it is both surprising and disappointing that Yellow Owl have not made an appearance thus far this season. Equally, the cold, wet & windy conditions over the last month or more have meant there have been precious few meaningful fly hatches of any sort – when are we going to get a summer?

Where is our summer????

Where is our summer????

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 19th July

The unseasonably unsettled weather has been the main influence on the fishing this last week at Loch Leven. Boats were prevented on Friday & Saturday from venturing out due to the strong winds – it is not just The Open Championship at St Andrews which suffered from ‘wind stopped play’! Heavy rain accompanied the blustery conditions making it an unseasonable spell for July, even by Scottish standards.

Duncan Petrie was out with Gus Elder from Kirriemuir were out last Tuesday and Gus had this nice looking 3 lbs trout.

Gus Elder with a nice 3 lbs brownie (Thanks to Duncan Petrie for the photo)

Gus Elder with a nice 3 lbs brownie (Thanks to Duncan Petrie for the photo)

Colin Penny, out on Wednesday evening, had a lovely fish estimated at 5 lbs+ which he duly returned. The fish was caught on a Black Pennell just off the south east point of Castle Island. Colin also had one other fish that evening.

Lovely 5 lbs+ fish caught by Colin Penny on a Black Pennell off Castle Island

Lovely 5 lbs+ fish caught by Colin Penny on a Black Pennell off Castle Island

Jonathon Dingwall & David Robinson were out last night (Sunday) had 5 fish, all of which were returned, in the area of the Mid Buoy. Their most successful fly was apparently the Silver Invicta. Also out last night was Corin Smith had a fish tipping the scales at about 4 lbs 8 ozs which was photographed (see below) and then returned. Corin caught his fish on a Black Marabou Muddler at last light off the Reed Bower. He and his boat partner Michael Ross had a total of 6 fish, all returned.

 

Stunning photo of a 4 1/2 lbs brownie caught by Corin Smith

Stunning photo of a 4 1/2 lbs brownie caught by Corin Smith

Barry Tindall & Ross Carnegie were also out yesterday and caught & returned 4 fish on Snatchers (2 fish) and Buzzers (2 fish). Fish are still being contacted on pretty much all of the recognised drifts, with wind direction and strength dictating the preferred ones at any particular time.

Water quality was compromised in the estuarial areas especially at the mouths of the North & South Queich as huge unseasonal spates sent a lot of murky water our way. We recorded just over 70 mm (2.9 inches) of rain over a 4 day period, raising the level of the loch by some 8 inches! Aside from the burn mouths, water clarity is still very good at 2.8 meters.

In case anyone is interested, I thought we might show photos of the 3 different flies given specific mention in this week’s report (courtesy of Google images) – I don’t promise to do this every week!!

Black Pennell

Black Pennell

Silver Invicta

Silver Invicta

Black Marabou Muddler

Black Marabou Muddler

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 13th July

The fishing on Loch Leven over the last week hasn’t changed much since the previous period.  Fish are being found at or near the surface but are proving somewhat finicky and are prone to being ‘available’ on one drift and then hard to contact on the next run over that very same water.

A prime example was reported on Sunday evening when Alan Smith was drifting over the bank at East Buoy.  He caught and released 4 good fish and tried to repeat that same drift and only contacted one other fish second time around.  He then travelled back to the mouth of the South Queich and caught another 3 lovely fish just on dusk.

Willie the Ghillie himself out fishing at dusk

Willie the Ghillie himself out fishing at dusk

Day fishing has been a bit patchy but Rab Wells was out on Friday and had 6 fish, all but one of which he returned, that one weighing 4 lbs 4 ozs.  Jeff Lawson & Eck Dewar also had 7 fish between them on Friday, 3 of which they kept weighing a total of 6 lbs 4 ozs.  Out on an early morning session, Brian Kerr had a nice fish of 4 lbs 2 ozs and returned a further two.

Water clarity is holding up very well considering the time of year and currently stands at 3.4 meters on the Secchi disc.  The water temperature is also stable at a relatively comfortable level of 17.5oC.  Zooplankton are still prolific, providing a steady and highly nutritious food source for all year groups of fish but in particular the recently recruited juveniles which are now starting to show in the open water drifts.  As reported previously, weed growth is now fully established and fish will be patrolling these areas looking for food such as Corixa and the now hatching perch and stickleback fry.

Fish can be found on pretty much any of the recognised drifts and, depending on wind direction and strength, you will find (hopefully!) some taking fish – best to ask us at the Pier before setting off where fish are thought to be holding that day.

Frustratingly, the big summer hatches of Yellow Owl still don’t appear as yet to be happening in any great numbers but we remain ever hopefully as these usually bring some good rises of trout.

ROAD CLOSURE

For those who are coming to fish

at Loch Leven, you should be aware that a section of the High Street in Kinross is closed for the next few weeks and the normal access down Pier Road is unavailable.  To come to the Pier, you now need to do is follow the yellow diversion signposts to LOCHLEVEN ATTRACTIONS which will take those travelling from the north or west down past Sainsburys and along the ring road to the southern end of the town.  From there you travel north up the High Street until diverted right into Sandport.  See the map below.

It is a thorough nuisance for everyone but we are just going to have to put up with the inconvenience until the works are completed.  Our apologies.

Map showing road closure and temporary diversion route to the Pier

Map showing road closure and temporary diversion route to the Pier

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