All in all, it has been a very interesting week’s fishing at Loch Leven. Some nice big fish have turned up in returns, topped by a beautiful fish weighing 7 lbs 14 ozs caught by Stuart Hunter out on Saturday fishing with his club ABCD. Stuart caught his fish on a size 12 Invicta at the East Buoy on a floating line.
Also out on Saturday, Norman Aird from the Isle of Skye had a nice brownie at 5 lbs 8 ozs on a teal & claret at the Sluices whilst James Stewart from Uddingston had a fish of 5 lbs 6 ozs which was one of four in total kept weighing 10 lbs 12 ozs. James and his friends were drifting through the shallows from the Mid Buoy using traditional flies and low density lines.
Aberdour AC were out on Sunday in very challenging conditions but had 16 fish with their top rod being Mike McKenna with 3 fish weighing 6 lbs 4 ozs (biggest was 3 lbs 14 ozs). Finally, Nick Dales who had travelled up from Whitby Bay, Newcastle had a fish on Saturday evening and then another lovely one on Sunday weighing 4 lbs 6 ozs.
Stop Press: A late bid for ‘fish of the week’ today (Monday) saw Frank McFarlane come up just short with a fine specimen weighing 7 lbs 4 ozs which he caught just off Roy’s Burn.
Water clarity is holding up at about 3 meters and water temperature is at a moderate 15.5oC. Weed growth is well established.
Fish are now holding round the weed beds in good numbers, feeding on various food sources courtesy of the good cover provided by these beds. Open water drifts are still producing fish especially inside the buoys all the way through the ‘shallows’.
We are still waiting for the big hatches of Yellow Owl which assuredly will bring the fish up out of the deeper water drifts particularly in the evenings.
Pulling methods are probably the No 1 choice of most anglers with traditional flies of all ‘breeds’ working depending on the time of day, place and conditions. Buzzers are still working at times but, now that weed growth is so prolific, conditions are becoming less suitable for them – but they are still worth a try.