Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 22nd May

There have been definite signs of improvement in the fishing over the last week.  At certain times of day and depending on the conditions, fish have been seen on or very close to the surface rather than remaining close to the bottom as they have tended to have done over recent weeks.  For example, Andy Glasgow and pal were out on Sunday fishing just east of St Serfs and, in late afternoon when most other boats had left the area to try a drift closer to home, they decided to stay put.  There was a sudden hatch of fairly small buzzers and up off the bottom came the fish!  They caught (and released) 6 fish in about an hour and lost / touched quite a few more before heading home.

Andrew Glasgow2

Buzzer methods have also been working pretty well.  Jeff Lawson and Eck Dewar had 10 between them on Thursday, all on the Buzzer straight-lined below floating lines.  Pulling methods have been having some success as well but, when pulling flies, anglers are somewhat dependent on the fish reacting to a hatch of fly.

Evening fishing is just beginning to produce some good results.  There have been some good hatches of fly especially when conditions ‘fine down’ and the temperature stays up.  In these conditions, the fish have responded and some encouraging rises of fish have been seen mainly in the open water east of Castle Island and Reed Bower.

Pike fishing has been very good over the last week or so.  Some big pike have been recorded and a significant percentage of those have been taken on the fly.  Interestingly, day time sessions have if anything been more prolific than evening sessions for contacting the pike.  The best areas for pike have been the Graveyard Bank, Alice’s Bower, and between Factor’s Pier and Scart Island.

Two nice pike caught last week - Connor Campbell with one at 25 lbs and 9 year old McKenzie's one tipping the scales at 17 lbs

Two nice pike caught last week – Connor Campbell with one at 25 lbs and 9 year old McKenzie’s one tipping the scales at 17 lbs

Water quality is still very good at 4.2 meters whilst water temperature is now up to 14.50C.  As you might expect, weed growth is now well underway and Zooplankton are now prolific throughout the water column.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 15th May

Lovely though the current warm, sunny spell has been, the very bright conditions which prevailed most of last week did mean that fishing was quite challenging here on Loch Leven.  It seemed to push the fish down towards the bottom where they were feeding hard and felt little need to come up in the water column in search of mid or top water ‘goodies’.

As far as we are aware, the biggest fish of the week was one estimated at around 5 lbs caught and returned by Paul Donegan.  The best basket was put together by Ian Campbell and Ian Simpson  who had 7 fish between them all on Buzzers.

Gil Farid out with East Kilbride AC had this nice 3 lbs 12 ozs brownie off St Serfs

Gil Farid out with East Kilbride AC had this nice 3 lbs 12 ozs brownie off St Serfs

The condition factor of fish caught suggests that they do have a huge supply of food available to them at the moment and the few fish kept are proving to be full of snails and buzzers.

Big hatches of small buzzers have been appearing all week – in fact we have seen the biggest fly hatches on the loch for 2 or 3 seasons and this appears to be in keeping with reports from pretty much all over.

Pike fishing is doing well at the moment and some very nice pike have been landed on all recognise methods including the ‘fly’.

Water clarity is still very good at just over 4 meters whilst water temperature at the 3 foot mark stands at 13.50C which is 60C higher than it was just a fortnight ago!  Zooplankton are very prolific at the moment all over the loch and provide and are providing a huge food source for all age groups of trout.  Weed growth is now very much underway as the weather warms (and brightens) up.

As the season opens up, the fish will hopefully come off the huge food source they have been on over the winter months and instead move up the water column which should then give anglers a fighting chance of some good sport.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 8th May

At long last, the weather has shown signs of warming up in quite a significant way.  Recent days have seen bright sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 200C.  Whilst bright sunshine is not particularly helpful to anglers, the nice warm weather at least makes fishing on the loch a much more pleasant experience than has been the case over recent weeks.

Fishing at the moment, probably as a result of the sunny weather, is still a bit tricky.  The fish seem to be totally preoccupied with a food source very deep in the water column, if not actually on the bottom.  Buzzers fished very deep and almost static if possible appear to offer the best chance of a fish in these bright conditions.

However, just to prove that fish can be caught ‘pulling’, Brian Mackenzie and Tom Burnett had 15 fish (all returned) on various drifts on Saturday in a pretty fresh easterly wind.  Ally Wells also had 5 fish on Saturday while drifting along the drop offs between Levenmouth to the Narrow Neck pulling lures.  Earlier, on Friday, Jim Baxter had 8 very nice fish including 2 estimated at around 4lbs and one at 5 lbs.  Jim caught his fish on Buzzers just off the Sluices.

On Sunday, the current Scotland Youth team were out and enjoyed some hard earned and well deserved success – Blair O’Donnell from Cumbernauld had a brownie at 5 lbs 8 ozs whilst Jordan Queen from Johnstone had one at 4 lbs 8 ozs.  I am sure the boys will do well in their forthcoming international match in Ireland and we wish them well.

Willie conveniently omitted from his draft report that he was also out on Sunday on a Kinross Angling Club outing and took all the points with 3 fish – there is life in the old dog yet!

Water quality / clarity at the moment is very good with clarity now standing at 4 meters.  It is being somewhat compromised by huge quantities of Zooplankton in the water column.  The water temperature has risen sharply in the warm sunshine to stand at about 140C at the surface and the all-important weed growth is now starting up.

Pike fishing is now doing quite well. Rod McLennan and pal were out early this morning (Tuesday) and had 9 pike with a top weight of 18 lbs.  It is nice to see the presence of pike again in the loch as they are generally a very good indicator of suitable water quality for all the fresh water fish species including perch.

Heading out this morning before sunrise

Heading out this morning before sunrise

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 1st May

Once again, there was not a great deal of evidence of warmer spring like weather here last week.  We actually woke up to 2 inches of snow on Friday morning but thankfully it had mostly gone by the end of day, only to be replaced by a strong NE wind which made life challenging for anglers over the weekend.

Water clarity is actually now very good but the water temperature on Saturday morning was 7.50C – drop of 2 degrees over the course of the week which just shows how chilly it has been.

Some of the hardy souls who did venture out have caught nice fish.  Peter Cameron and Paul Donegan had 3 fish on Saturday, all returned and all reported to be in excellent condition.  The biggest fish was caught by Peter (pictured below) and was estimated to be a ‘comfortable’ 6 lbs.  Stuart Moodie was also out on Saturday and had 4 fish, again all returned. Stuart caught his fish at the Mid Buoy.

Peter Cameron with a very nice looking brownie

Peter Cameron with a very nice looking brownie

Pike anglers are having mixed success.  Kenny Johnstone and pal had 6 on Sunday morning before the wind became too strong.  The biggest was estimated at 12 lbs and all 6 pike were caught on the fly.  Having kicked off the week on Monday with a 25 pounder, as reported in the Stop Press in last week’s report, Rod McLennan was out again on Sunday and caught 3 more, two on the fly and one on a spun lure.  Most of the pike are being contacted on the drop offs from Alice’s Bower north to the Clay Hills bank.

Best areas for contacting trout are Reed Bower, Mid and East Buoys, Hole ‘o’ the Inch and just south of Roy’s Folly, all of which seem to be producing fish.

Buzzer methods are still worth a try but pulling methods just at the moment seem to be probably the best bet.  Silver or gold Sparklers, Dunkeld, Kate McLaren and various Snatchers are all worth a try.

Looking out of the window, the weather is still cold, wet and very blustery but thankfully the weather forecast for the coming week indicates that we may be in line for some welcome warmer conditions.  A bit of warmth will hopefully see increased activity from the trout, particularly if this is accompanied as it should be by some good fly hatches.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 24th April

As seems to be the case most years, April has been throwing pretty much everything at us weather-wise, from heavy snow showers and quite hard overnight frosts to the rather benign weather we had on Sunday which was a lovely day to be out with anglers having to remove a layer to stay comfortable.

The fishing has been a bit patchy with some anglers getting managing to catch a few fish on Buzzers whilst others are having some success on flies fished sub surface – actually, very ‘sub surface’ in most cases!  Out on Thursday, Ian Simpson had 3 very good trout on Buzzers, two of which weighing about 1½ lbs and 3 lbs respectively were returned and one beauty weighing 4 lbs 14 ozs was taken home for the pot!

On Saturday, Brian Mackenzie & Tom Burnett had 6 fish between them ranging from 1½ lbs up to 5 lbs.  All these fish were quickly weighed and carefully returned.  Sunday saw local club Kinross AC out for the first time this season and they managed 11 trout for their 6 boats.  Top rod was Ally Middlemas with 2 fish.  Ally was last year’s Club Champion and so it looks as though the club members will have to watch out for him again this season!  Also on that club outing was Andy Menmuir who caught this nice fish in the photo below.

Nice looking fish caught by Andy Menmuir "at the Gabions and stuffed full of fry"

Nice looking fish caught by Andy Menmuir “at the Gabions and stuffed full of fry”

Stop Press for pike anglers out there – it looks as though things are kicking off because Rod McLellan was out on Monday and had 3 pike, the largest of which weighed over 25 lbs.  There is usually a window for pike fisherman which lasts from now until early June when the weed beds have grown to the extent that they offer pike a concealed habitat in which to roam, making them harder to catch.

Rod McLellan with the 25 lbs pike he caught on Monday

Rod McLellan with the 25 lbs pike he caught on Monday

As mentioned earlier, Buzzer methods are working well when conditions are suitable.  Equally, pulling we flies in the form of Sparklers, mini lures, peraly bodied Invicta and Kate McLaren are all worth a try.  Fishing DI7 lines when the temperature is low as is the case at the moment is probably the best bet but things can and will change.

Water clarity is much improved over the last week and now stands at 3 meters using the Secchi Disc but water temperature is still a pretty chilly 90C.

The trout that are being caught this season are almost all in superb condition and are giving a very good account of themselves when hooked.  So when everything comes together as hopefully it will soon, we should see some nice fishing, hopefully a bit closer to the surface.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 17th April

The weather was pretty chilly for most of last week and indeed, at the weekend, anglers had to ensure sleet and snow showers blown in on an artic wind.  Despite the inclement conditions, flies have been hatching, sometimes in good numbers, and fish have been caught using Buzzers and also pulling mini lures, Sparklers etc.

On Wednesday, Donald McGregor had two very nice fish on Buzzers, one of which measured 53 cms in length and estimated at comfortably over 4 lbs.  Donald returned both his fish.  On Thursday, Barry Tindall and Bradley Chalmers had 5 fish, again all on Buzzers and all returned.

Brad Chalmers with one of the 5 brownies caught by him and Barry Tindall

Brad Chalmers with one of the 5 brownies caught by him and Barry Tindall

Temperatures plunged on Saturday and yet still some areas of the loch did experience a fair Buzzer hatch and yet other areas which had previously had good hatches seemed to ‘dry up’ in terms of fly life.  That said, Paul O’Neill and a pal had 4 fish pulling Sparklers and all were returned.  He caught the one shown below in a sleet storm just off the Reed Bower.

Nanook of the North (aka Paul O'Neill) braving arctic conditions to land this nice brownie

Nanook of the North (aka Paul O’Neill) braving arctic conditions to land this nice brownie

The Hole ‘o’ the Inch and Reed Bower both produced fish during the week and more were seen on the surface along the ‘banks’ between the Mid & East Buoys.

Water clarity has slightly improved to 1.6 meters but the water temperature actually dropped 1oC to 7oC.  Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see these early Buzzer hatches – something which we have been a bit short of these past 3 or 4 seasons.  Indeed, some very large Buzzers have been appearing in the area of the Narrow Neck / Hole ‘o’ the Inch area and the fish have definitely been responding to these ‘lifts’ of flies.

As the loch warms up and Spring kicks in properly, we will hopefully start to see some more good movement of fish and enjoy a bit of sport.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 10th April

It is always a joy when a new season kicks off, even if it means cajoling Willie into action and start producing the fishing reports for the blog once again!

As usual, a new season kicked on Loch Leven fairly slowly with only a few intrepid anglers prepared to venture out until conditions warm up a bit.  The water is still very cold at 7.5oC which tends to mean activity below the surface is somewhat subdued.  Water clarity at the moment is 1.4 metres due to the presence of background diatoms (algae) in the water but that is totally normal until we get the spring build up of Zooplankton (Daphnia and Cyclops) which it is encouraging to see are already in evidence this early in the season if not as yet in any great quantities.  What is interesting is that, despite being so early in the season, we have already had some good early hatches of both olive and black Buzzers.

Despite only a few boats having ventured out to date, there have already been some very nice fish caught.  Rob Walls was out yesterday with Rod McLennan and had a lovely fish weighing 5 lbs 13 ozs which was weighed and returned whilst Rod had one at 3 lbs.  Brian Mackenzie and Tom Burnett had 6 fish in total between them, all of which were returned.  They estimated that the smallest of their 6 fish weighed about 2 ½ lbs whilst the largest was over 4 lbs – a very nice early season ‘basket’ of brown trout!  All these fish were caught using Buzzers which is pretty early for that particular method to be effective here.

Rab Walls with a 5 lbs 13 ozs brownie caught at the Hole 'o' the Inch on a buzzer

Rab Walls with a 5 lbs 13 ozs brownie caught at the Hole ‘o’ the Inch on a buzzer

The Hole ‘o’ the Inch along to the Old Leven Mouth is where most of the action took place but hopefully, as Buzzer hatches increase, other areas of the loch will start coming into play.  It is just a bit too early in the season to predict with any degree of confidence what lies ahead for us but early indications are certainly encouraging.

The condition factor and fighting quality of all the trout caught so far has been excellent which suggests that the fish have had good food availability throughout most if not all the recent winter months.

There have been a few pike caught already which again is quite early for here.  Normally we would expect pike fishing to pick up towards the end of this month (April)  and continue through to early June by which time the weed beds will be becoming established and the pike retreat into them to hunt their prey.



Loch Leven Pairs Classic 2016

As announced a little while ago, we have decided to resurrect the old Loch Leven Classic Pairs which will take place over 2 days in June (Friday 10th & Saturday 11th). There will be cash prizes totalling £1000 for the first 3 pairs and the anglers catching the 2 biggest fish plus other prizes. We have also located a wonderful old trophy which will be polished up and presented to the winning pair.

The competition will take place over 2 sessions: Friday afternoon & evening (2pm – 11pm) and Saturday day session (10am – 6pm)

Entries are invited from any 2 anglers wishing to enter as a pair with an entry fee per pair of £150. Number of entries limited by the size of our fleet of boats and there are only a few still available – so don’t delay getting your entry in if you are interested.

To enter, you can download the Loch Leven Classic Pairs 2016 Entry Form .  Any questions, phone Michael Wilson on 07894 899 532



Online Booking

We have tried to make things even easier for you to book a boat this season by launching an online booking system through iBookfishing.

  • It is designed to be accessible through your phone, tablet (iPad), laptop or desktop pc and is simple to use.
  • Once you have entered your details the first time, it should remember them when you next log in to book.
  • You can quickly see if there are any boats available for the date you wish to fish and you can choose to book boats for early morning, day or evening sessions.
  • There are no booking charges and full payment as usual is only taken on the day at the pier (not online).

You can access the online booking system by

  1. Clicking on the BOOK A BOAT tab in the navigation bar at the top of this blog
  2. Click on the BOOK NOW button on our Facebook page on our cover photo at the top
  3. Go direct to http://www.ibookfishing.com/booking/Loch-Leven and bookmark as a favorite


For the not-so-techie minded, the following numbers in order of preference can be phoned

  1. The Fishery Mobile (Michael Wilson) on 07894 899532 – texts to that number are good too.
  2. The Fishery Shed at the Pier 01577 865386
  3. The Green Hotel Reservations team 01577 863467

or finally Email: info@fishlochleven.co.uk


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