Some very good rises of fish have been seen this past week on Loch Leven, mainly during the evenings. On Saturday evening, there were a large number of fish feeding over a huge area between the Cavelstone Strip and the Reed Bower (and beyond). A strong south westerly wind on Sunday evening put paid to surface activity but, when the wind allowed, fish were coming to the surface and caught.
Fish have been rising to Muddlers pulled across the surface but the more subtle Snatchers and imitative patterns, usually fished behind a Muddler, have often been catching fish. Some very nice specimens have been caught this past week but nothing above the 4 lbs mark as far as we are aware. Small trout have definitely been making their presence known, often in very large numbers, which is nice to see as it is very encouraging for the future. The fish are without exception in really good condition and ‘fight like fury’ when you are lucky enough to hook one.
Depending very much on the wind direction, the best areas have been from the Factor’s Pier along to Green Isle, Point of St Serfs, Cavelstone Strip out to Reed Bower and the Willows at the east end of St Serfs.
Water conditions have been affected by the recent very considerable rainfall and the water level of the loch rose by some 3” – 4” over the last week despite the sluice gates being open which is most unusual for July. Despite the turbidity caused by the burns in spate, water clarity is holding at around 2 metres and the temperature has edged up to 17.50C. Although large amounts of rainfall may or may not be good for the loch in the short term, the higher ‘flushing rate’ at a time when there are background algae in the water column will be doing no harm at all for its longer term health.
We are now starting to see a few larger fish crashing through the shoals of fry. These fish are generally hard to catch but nevertheless they are very exciting if you are amongst them!
Both pulling and buzzer methods are working when conditions are suitable. Quiet conditions usually suit buzzer methods but, when the wind blows, pulling methods using various line densities will work.