- Colin McGlone with the 6 lbs brownie he caught (& released) off The Sluices on Friday 22nd April 2011 using an olive buzzer
At this point, I think that anglers should be complimented on the wonderfully responsible attitude that anglers are taking to trout they are catching. The overwhelming majority of trout are being returned which can only helpLoch Levenin what appears to be a really encouraging recovery as a natural brown trout fishery. Various clubs appear to be adopting a catch & release policy for their outings on the loch with trout being measured by the centimetre. However, we would absolutely not want to reach a situation where anglers felt there was peer group pressure to release everything they catch. We all know thatLoch Levenbrownies are absolutely delicious to eat and fishermen should have no compunction about taking fish back home ‘for the pot’.
One other feature worthy of mention is the fact that fish are being found in almost every area of the loch, which is really encouraging to hear even if they are hard to get into the boat at times due to them being preoccupied with ‘fry-bashing’. The best areas of late have been Mary’s Knowe out through the North Deeps,North Queichto Green Isle, Hole “O” the Inch, Brock’s Hole and, just yesterday, the Thrapple Hole produced a few fish at the beginning and end of the day.
Small traditional flies are beginning to pick up fish – Kate McLaren and various Snatchers all have had a mention along with Dunkeld Sparklers, Viva, Humungus and a variety of bright coloured lures.
Water temperature has edged up this week to 13.5°C and the water is also improving, currently standing at about 2 meters. The increased water clarity is clearly starting to encourage weed growth which again is a good sign, ensuring plenty of good quality areas for producing all the different food types that the trout rely on.
Following the recent welcome warmer weather, it is only going to be a matter of time before we see the first of the buzzer hatches which in turn will hopefully mean we start to see some ‘good top of the water’ action.
PS With anglers returning so many of the fish they catch, many are taking to capturing photographs of the trout on their cameras – presumably to provide ‘evidence’ to doubters back on shore. Please send these photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put these into the Fishing Report and / or onto the Loch Leven Fisheries facebook page.