Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 3rd July 2011

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.

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7 Responses to Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 3rd July 2011

  1. Stan Headley says:

    Willie,

    I’ve worked out why there are so few adult buzzer hatches – the trout are eating all the larvae & pupae. In order to enhance the buzzer hatches I think we will have to exterminate all the trout!

    As ever was,

    Stan H

  2. Edward Law says:

    Fantastic to see quality natural fishing returning to Loch Leven. I now reside in Australia and mainly river fish in NZ, which is fantastic, however still keen to get back and fish loch Leven once more. Well done to all and delighted to see that catch and release has caught on back home.

    • Edward, many thanks for the comment and we look forward to seeing you back here on the Loch before too long. We have stuck to a policy of setting no limit on catches largely because the overwhelming majority of anglers are being very responsible in the number of trout they kill – the majority of trout being caught are being returned. Hopefully we can continue with this voluntary code of practice.

  3. callum says:

    Its a shame that so many fish are still getting killed..

    • Callum, I appreciate where you are coming from re catch & release. However, we discuss this regularly and feel that it is important that anglers still feel free to kill and take home what they need for the pot. As I said in my response to Edward, we think it sends an important message that we do not have a catch limit here on the Loch but instead rely on anglers continuing to take a responsible stance. Bearing in mind the size of the Loch and the total fish population that appears to be in it at the moment, we do not feel that the numbers currently being killed will have any impact on how it is fishing. However, your sentiments are much appreciated and I think that it is something that we just need to keep an eye on.

  4. Edward Law says:

    Experience has taught me after approx 40 yrs of fly fishing globally that anglers quickly self adjust and only take fish on the assumption that there exists an adequate population to take from. I last fished Leven from 1997 to 2001 whilst back living in Kinross and the average quality of fish was quite poor. The fish now seem healthy with full bodies and intact tails which would indicate a well balanced eco-system. i think the stocked rainbows were voracious in the consumption of brown fry and it is pleasing to see this reversed. The Loch I am sure will face challenges going forward given its very make up i.e. very low average depth and prone to algal bloom, however having a much fitter and stronger fish population should see it propsper hopefully going forward.

    Eddie Law

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