Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 8th July 2012

And so the wet and windy weather persists and summer remains elusive.  Wet, windy weather was the order of the day for much of last week and tellingly the water levels in the loch are about a foot above where they would normally be at this time of year despite the sluice gates at Levenmouth being in full discharge mode!

Some buzzer hatches have started to occur and, when the conditions are reasonably favourable, this has brought fish to the surface and some reasonable catches have been recorded.  Yesterday, for example, fish were being caught using buzzer methods but pulling methods have also been working when fish are lower down in the water column.

Some notable catches of the last week:

  • Donald McGregor weighed in 2 fish at 4 lbs and returned a further 6
  • Robert Walls kept one brownie for 1½ lbs and returned 6
  • Alan Smith had 4 fish, all of which were returned
  • Blairgowrie & Rattray AC had 11 fish weighing 14 lbs 10 ozs
  • CSSA Rosyth recorded 10 brownies at 13 lbs 7 ozs with a further 2 returned
  • ABC&D AC weighed in 12 fish at 15 lbs 10 ozs with a further 3 returned

Despite the rainfall, water temperature has remained more or less constant at 170C whilst water clarity has dipped a little to 2 metres due partly to churning and partly due to the presence of some background algae (but nothing like the levels of algae that we would normally expect at this time of year).  Weed growth is now very well established and should provide excellent cover for the perch fry which  are just starting to hatch.

The whole of the south shore is holding good numbers of fish, as are St Serfs and Castle Island.  However you can expect to find fish on pretty much all the known drifts around the loch when the wind is favourable.

Once again, there has not been much in fly patterns that are working but Pearly Invicta, Wingless Wickham and Yellow Owl have all been mentioned a few times over the last week.

As the hatch of perch fry gets properly underway, we should start to see some of the bigger fish crash through the dense shoals of fry and hopefully give us a chance at some of these exciting ‘fry bashers’.

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2 Responses to Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 8th July 2012

  1. barry says:

    Willie hope u can help,i have been trying to contact someone to book some fishing ,but phone just rings out every time,i would rather speak yo some one in person as im not sure of exact dates and would like to check availability.Would be very greaful if u could help in someway or give some advice on the matter. thanks yours failfully Barry

    • Hi Barry,
      Sorry about the delay in getting back to you – we have had major gremlins with the blog and have been unable to get into it until a few minutes ago. I apologise for the phone ringing out – not sure why that has happened. The office number is 01577 863407 / 01577 863467 and that is normally open from 8am – 6pm Mon to Fri and 9am – 5pm on Saturday. The Pier phone is 01577 865386 and somebody ought to be picking that up (unless the Bistro is v busy at that moment).

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