Some really good fish have been caught on Loch Leven over the last week, if not as yet in huge numbers. Without exception, the trout have been in superb condition and have been giving a very good account of themselves when hooked.
Brian McKenzie and Tom Burnett had 8 fish between them on Saturday, all of which were returned. The largest was estimated at around 4 lbs. Also out on Saturday, Peter Cameron had a very nice fish estimated at 4-5 lbs. Earlier in the week, Alan Campbell had 3 fish on buzzers on Wednesday. Alan Middlemass had a fish measuring 55 cms and estimated at 5 ½ lbs.
Out on Sunday for their first club outing of the season, Kinross AC had 12 fish, the largest of which measured 52.5 cms. Kinross AC do not have a weigh-in as such and the ‘top rod’ is determined by the total length of fish caught by each individual using the measures in the boats. Most fish are duly returned after being measured.
Pike anglers have also been doing very well at the moment, mainly to spinning or plug lures. One or two have been just on the 20 lbs mark. The pike do appear to be performing a little earlier than usual this season, perhaps due to the relatively benign spring weather thus far.
Best areas of late have been the drop-offs in Hole ‘o’ the Inch, Black Wood / Grahamstone shore, North Buoy and East Buoy near to the Horn Bank just off the north side of St Serfs.
Smallish lures are probably the first choice at the moment, especially the Muddler heads in different colours. However, the Kate McLaren, Doobry, Dunkeld etc are all taking fish. Line density is also very important as was apparent on Sunday the full range of lines was required, depending on the time of day and the depth of water where fish were found.
Water clarity is very good for the time of year at just over 3 metres. Thanks to some warmer days, water temperature too has risen to 130C which is higher than we often experience at this time of year.
Some buzzers are hatching but they have mostly to date been very small. However there have been a few big buzzers in evidence, so hopefully we will yet enjoy a ‘buzzer spring’!
As mentioned earlier in the report, the trout are in first class condition across all age groups and so hopefully we can look forward to some really good sport as the season gets going in earnest