The main feature of the past week at Loch Leven has been continuing appearance of large brown trout in catches, with several in the 4 – 6 lbs range being caught and mostly returned. Alan Moonie recorded the largest specimen of the week, a real beauty measuring 650 mm and estimated to weigh around the 7 lbs mark. It was taken on a Gold Freckle cat size 14 using a ghost tip line just off the mouth of the North Queich.
Most of these big fish being caught are cock fish which, at this time of year are prone to becoming aggressive and will often tend to chase flies offered to them.
A lot of the coloured fish are now being observed off the mouths of the feeder streams, waiting for some serious rain to allow them entry to their respective streams to spawn. Rain water has been in relatively short supply this summer – a material change from the wet summers in recent years. However, the burns have had enough water to hold good numbers of juvenile trout which will be recruited into the loch next spring. Loch Leven is very lucky to have an extensive network of burns within the catchment area which are capable of producing large numbers of juvenile brown trout. The catchment is monitored pretty much all year round to ensure the streams remain in the condition they need to be in and we receive excellent cooperation from the many landowners. We will keep you informed about how the spawning season is going over the coming couple of months.
Fish are now appearing at times in very shallow water. For example, the Black Wood and Grahamstone are now holding good numbers of fish, as is the north shore from Old Manse to North Queich, Gairney Mouth and the open water east of Reed Bower.
Water clarity is a little lower at 1.7 metres and water temperature has stabilised at 14.5oC. Weed beds are still prolific on some shore lines but have pretty much now disappeared in the open areas where they were abundant during the summer months.