Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 15th May

Loch Leven has fished really well over the last 3 – 4 days.  Some very good baskets of fish have been recorded, representing a wide spread of year groups with brown trout ranging in size from under 1 lb to over 5 lbs in weight.  This is really encouraging to see and seems to indicate genuine evidence that Loch Leven trout are once again regenerating on their own, as they did when the loch was in its angling hay day in the middle of the last century.  Time will tell if this turns out to be genuinely sustainable – but fingers crossed! 

Some catches recently recorded:-

Lindsay Barrie had 9 on Saturday and on Sunday he had 16 – all returned.

Brian McKenzie and Tom Burnett had 28 on Saturday – all returned.

Jim Baxter had 17 on Saturday – all returned.

Heriots A C had 24 fish, 23 returned and 1 kept weighing 3 lbs 9 ozs.

Butcher Boys had 30 fish weighing in total 37 lbs 9 ozs.

Stormontfield AC had 5 fish weighing 13 lbs 6 ozs. 

Pulling methods have been most successful again this week, along with fairly high density lines.  The weather has been windy now for several days so buzzer fishing has been difficult but, as soon as we get some quieter conditions, buzzer methods will surely come to the fore. 

Water clarity has improved very sharply since last week and it now measures over 4 meters.  This improved water clarity is in keeping with what we have experienced in May / June over recent years but it seems to be getting better each year, a reflection of the sustained improvement in the water quality atLoch Levenover the last two decades.  Temperature of the water is a very agreeable 14°C, and the weed growth is now moving on very fast. 

Best drifts are West Shore into the North Deeps, North of Castle Island to Mid Buoy,West Point off St Serfs and the open water off the South side of Reed Bower.  These are all open water drifts – very easy to manage and you can drift for up to an hour and stay among fish.

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One Response to Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 15th May

  1. Heriot says:

    Hugely encouraging. I can’t remember when I was last in a boat on Loch Leven that had 14 brown trout. Could not resist taking a 3lb9oz beauty home for my wife’s supper but all other fish netted in the boat were carefully returned. One really encouraging feature was that we were taking really long drifts from the west tip of Castle Island in a SW wind and were contacting fish right along the drift.

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