Last week’s fishing on Loch Leven was very encouraging. Fish were being caught on both buzzer and pulling methods with big fish continuing to register in returns. On Saturday when out fishing with his club Butcher Boys AC, Darren Scott from Kilbirnie in Ayrshire had a fabulous looking brown trout weighing 6 lbs 4 ozs on a Sparkler lure at the North Buoy.
On Sunday, Tony Black had a fine fish weighing 6 lbs 14 ozs on a buzzer in the Hole ‘o’ Inch, the only strange hing being its deformed top lip (or pug nose as some described it!). Anyway, this was one of 18 fish in total Tony had, all but 2 of which were returned. Also out that day, Kinross AC had a nice outing, recording 38 fish between their 6 boats. Paul Wilson was their top rod with 9 fish, all measured and returned.
Water clarity is very good at the moment, measuring some 4.2 metres on the Secchi disc. There is a bit of algae showing in the water column but it appears to be only one variety at the moment and is not compromising clarity much at all at the moment. The water temperature did rise at one stage to 17.7oC in the warm sunny weather but it has since dropped back as cooler conditions have taken over. Weed growth is now prolific in all the areas of the loch we would expect it.
Fish are being found in a number of areas, especially close to the drop offs but, in a good wind, you can pick up fish in all the open water drifts.
As yet, fly life has not proved overly abundant in the evenings in particular but some good hatches have been encountered in the right conditions. Caenis (white moth) are just beginning to show as two anglers found out one evening last week just off Castle Island. They saw a good number of big fish 9sipping’ the Caenis off the surface and were rewarded with 2 fish of 2 ½ lbs and 5 lbs (estimated & returned). The larger of the two fish apparently went berserk when hooked as it was only in water 3 ½ – 4 feet deep.
As we approach mid season – high summer (?!) – we are looking forward to some good hatches of the big Yellow Owl flies in the evenings which will surely attract good numbers of fish to have a go at.