As usual, weather conditions have been a key factor in the sport available to anglers on Loch Leven over the last week. On several days, there were light winds or indeed flat calm conditions which, coupled with cloudless skies, meant that fish were hard to tempt. When the wind picked up, the open water drifts did produce some sport. Also, along the shoreline weed beds, fish were found feeding on a wide variety of food stuffs, ranging from small fry down to Daphnia and Cyclops (Zooplankton).
Biggest fish of the week that we are aware of weighed 4 lbs 1 oz and was caught by Michael Wilson on Sunday. Jeff Lawson had a lovely 3 lbs 6 ozs brownie mid week.
At the moment, fish are being found mainly in the top 3-4 feet of the water column. Fishing with different line densities at varying speeds should contact fish – if they are in the mood!
As just mentioned, the open water drifts are pretty much all working at the moment. The area from Mid Buoy to East Buoy is holding good numbers of fish, as is the south shore all the way from Cavelstone Strip to Carden Point. When they ‘switch on’, these areas of the loch can show prolific numbers of fish. The area around Reed Bower is also well worth a try particularly in a fresh south west wind.
The flies to try again have not changed a great deal over the last few weeks. Muddlers, Hoppers and all the Snatchers seem to be working – fiery brown, black and claret are the most talked about colours. The optimal size of fly is largely dependent on light intensity and wind strength.
Water temperature near the surface is just on 15oC and clarity is currently around 1.5 metres.
With the end of the season getting closer, fish are just starting to congregate in the burn mouths. They are usually more aggressive and sometimes a very big fish is available!