Strong winds have been a problem for anglers most of this past week on Loch Leven; we have had to endure strong to gale force south westerly winds more or less every day.
Despite the very blustery conditions, fish have continued to be caught. On Tuesday, the 24 anglers fishing an S.A.N.A.C.C. prelim caught 132 trout – 61 weighed in at 60 lbs 7 ozs and a further 71 fish released – and they had to endure fresh winds most of the time. The winner of the heat was Brian Mackenzie of Rowbank AC with 18 trout (largest 4lbs 7.5 ozs), runner up was Tom Burnett (St Mirren AC) with 17 and 3rd was Shane Kelly (Hawick AC) with 15.
On the same day as the Prelim, we were delighted to welcome John & Caroline Hamilton over from Southern Ireland as guests of Mike Smith. Despite recently fishing 5 days on Lough Corrib, the Hamiltons were fulsome with their praise of Loch Leven – this was perhaps not surprising when you consider that, on Tuesday, John caught and released 19 trout, including one weighing 4 lbs 12 ozs, which would have been enough to see him qualify in 1st place in the Prelim if he had been eligible!! They were back again on Thursday and John & Caroline weighed in 5 at 12 lbs 12 ozs.
Other notable results during the week:
- Tony Black came in with 5 fish @ 12 lbs 14 ozs after returning a further 10 brownies
- Alan Middlemass had 1 fish @ 2 lbs 12 ozs and returned 9
- Heron Angling Club (2 boats) weighed in 5 fish @ 10 lbs 6 ozs with 1 more returned.
- Bank of Scotland (4 boats) landed 9 fish @ 24 lbs 12 ozs with a further 30 returned.
- Kinross Angling Club (4 boats) weighed in 1 fish @ 2 lbs 1 oz with 21 returned
Despite the windy conditions, open water drifts have been doing well this past week – Cavelstone Strip to Reed Bower, North side of Castle Island to Elbow Buoy and West Point of St Serfs to Carden Point have all been producing fish.
The same patterns as before are still working well, namely the Dunkeld Sparkler, Kate McLaren, Snatchers, Black & Silver and Viva.
Despite some very heavy wave conditions, the water clarity has remained at 4 meters whereas the water temperature has dipped a fraction to 14°C.
Evening fishing is producing some fish but we do need the wind to ease and perhaps allow a buzzer hatch to get some trout up to, or very near the surface. On Saturday evening, for example, Dunfermline Railway AC (5 boats) had 15 fish @ 13 lbs.