After a productive week the week before, Loch Leven reverted to being somewhat more challenging. At times, however, such as when the wind freshened a little, the fish were definitely playing as Kinross AC found out on Friday evening when they had to battle out in a strong east wind but when they reached the far windward shore, quite a number of fish were caught or hooked and lost.
Unlike in previous weeks, there were no particularly big fish reported but Peter Cameron had a nice one around the 4 lbs mark which he returned and Brian Kerr also had a fish just short of 4 lbs. Some big fish are to be seen daily ‘splashing about’ and indeed I saw one on Friday evening which caused a splash as big as some salmon I’ve seen on highland lochs!
We are still waiting patiently for the big hatch of Yellow Owl to materialise. Caenis are still hatching in huge numbers when conditions are favourable and the fish do respond to these hatches but are normally the very devil to catch. Some Silverhorn Sedge are also appearing in the evening but it is the big Yellow Owl we are really waiting for.
Pulling methods are the No 1 choice for most anglers. Line density selection is very much down to individual anglers with fish available pretty much anywhere in the water column. Obviously it does depend on light conditions and wind strength as to what line densities are appropriate at any one time. Buzzers are still worth a wee shot but it does appear the main buzzer time may now be over – but as anglers we should never say never!
Water temperature rose during the week courtesy of some nice warm weather and it is now standing at around 17.5oC. Interestingly, water clarity remains very good at just over 3 meters. Normally by now, water clarity would be dropping as algae increased in the water column but for whatever reason that has been delayed this year. Zooplankton are still prolific and the big weed beds are becoming ever more noticeable in all the usual places. Fish are to be found along the edge or near to the weed beds, taking advantage of the very diverse food supply known to inhabit these lovely areas.