The increase in water temperature following the recent spell of warmer weather has meant there is quite a lot going on within Loch Leven’s aquatic ecosystem at the moment. Zooplankton, Cyclops and Daphnia are still in evidence, albeit now in reduced numbers, which in turn has led to the recent appearance of the traditional summer blue green algal blooms – these appear to be now well under way but not as yet in anything like the counts that we had a decade or so ago. Despite the appearance of these algal blooms, water clarity is still pretty good at 2 meters with the water temperature near the surface now recording 17.5°C. Weed growth throughout the loch is prolific and is hugely important for the biodiversity of the environment in any fresh water body.
Although thus far, the evening fly hatches have been a touch disappointing to date, the good old Caenis (Curse) is hatching nightly and the fish are certainly coming up for these. That said, the trout appear to be very selective about what they go for during these hatches and are therefore proving pretty hard to catch – but the increased activity is great to see.
Buzzer methods are still working well, either from a static position – anchored – or from a drifting boat. Pulling methods will also work, especially when the wind freshens, and so there is usually something for everyone depending on conditions.
Best areas remain pretty much the same as last week – north of Castle Island, Scart round to Green Isle, Point of St Serfs, East, Mid and North Buoys, Cavelstone Strip are the most popular drifts at the moment, but fish are to be found pretty much anywhere in the loch when local conditions suit.
The best fish of the week was a beautifully conditioned specimen weighing 6 lbs 5 ozs (sadly I did not have time to take a note of the name of the angler who caught it, but hopefully he will send in a photo and details to us).
Some catches for last week (that I did manage to record!!) :-
Bill Barnes caught 15 fish and returned them all.
A Wells had 5 fish @ 7 lbs 14 ozs with a further 4 returned.
J Clunie weighed in 6 fish @ 10 lbs 2 ozs and returned 2 more.
Colin Smith kept 1 brownie @ 1 lb 8 ozs and returned 16.
Kinross A C landed 10 fish @ 24 lbs 3 ozs (biggest 5 lbs 3 ozs) with a further 8 returned.
Jim Bonneli weighed in 3 fish @ 8 lbs and returned a further 2.