Big fish again have been featuring well in returns at Loch Leven over the last week. John Kaye & Jim Foster, fishing just of the old fish ponds on the north shore, had an epic struggle with a fish which John had hooked. When landed, it was measured at 63 cms (which we estimate at over 7 lbs) and then safely returned. John took a photo of the fish (sorry, I don’t have a copy as yet) which seemingly showed a fish in first class condition and ready for the forthcoming spawning season. The fish was caught on a peach tail Doobry Snatcher.
Ian Muir, fishing with Billy Haroun, had a fish at 5 lbs 10 ozs on a long shank size 12 Dunkeld variant at the Factor’s Pier and David Hume had a very nice fish at 4 lbs 1 oz on a black Snatcher at the East Buoy.
Fish are to be found pretty much all over the loch but the shallow water marks now hold fish especially near the weed beds. The open water drifts east of Reed Bower and from the Point of St Serfs toCarden Bay are still well worth a cast or two.
Water clarity has improved a great deal over recent days and is now averaging around the 2 metre mark and up to 2.5 metres in places. Water temperature continues to drop but is still a very comfortable (from the fish’s point of view!) 14.5oC and the weed beds have now retreated back towards the main shorelines.
Small traditional flies are probably working best at the moment. The Kate McLaren and various Snatchers such as Dunkeld are the pick of the bunch. Line density is still important but most anglers are sticking mainly to low density lines because the fish that are chasing are normally contacted just below the surface.
As the season draws towards a close, anglers can expect to find fish almost anywhere, but areas of shallow water are now likely to hold good numbers of fish through to the end of the season.