There have been some really nice fish caught this past week on Loch Leven despite the often unfavourable weather conditions. Out fishing on Friday evening with Kinross AC, Donald McGregor had a great fish weighing 5 lbs 12 ozs – from memory, he had one tipping the scales at over 6 lbs on a previous club outing in May and so fortune is definitely shining on him this season for some strange reason!!
Also out with Kinross AC that evening was John Reid who caught a lovely 5 lbs brownie on an olive Snatcher using a fast glass line on the Cavelstone Strip. As you can see from the photo below, John is clear front –runner in the broadest grin of the year competition!
His was one of 25 fish taken in total by Kinross that night with their 6 boats. The Club returns nearly all fish caught on their outings and their competition is run on the basis of aggregate length of fish caught by anglers rather than weight. Eddie Todd won the club outing that evening with 5 fish with an aggregate length of 1590mm (which is 62.6 inches in real money). In total, his boat had 9 fish all caught drifting onto point of St. Serfs in a SW wind.
Out last night (Sunday), Rod McLennan had a good fish weighing 4 lbs 2 ozs which was one of 9 fish in total ‘in his basket’
All of these nice fish, however, were eclipsed though by the cracking 6 lbs 9 ozs fish caught by 70 year old angler, Eck Bolton when out on Wednesday evening. Eck caught his fish just east of Reed Bower on a small size 12 black & silver lure fished behind a sink tip line.
A lot of small fish are now beginning to appear in the open water drifts mainly to the west of St Serfs Island. However, among these small fish , there are some nice big ones lurking which keeps life very interesting when fish are moving. Keeping an eye out for swallows and martins paid off for a couple of anglers who were fishing ‘dead water’. Spotting a large number of these busy little birds feeding near to the water’s surface some 200-300 yards away, a quick adjustment to the drift and they immediately found themselves amongst feeding fish!
Water clarity has edged marginally higher to 1.7 meters whilst water temperature remains unseasonably low at 15oC but this is still quite comfortable for the fish.
Fish are now being found patrolling the weed beds and, while there does not appear to be a great deal of fry activity just yet, I am sure we will see some big fish ‘fry bashing’ before the season is much older. Fish are being caught pretty much anywhere on the loch at the moment but, as always, much depends on the wind strength and direction when deciding where to concentrate your efforts. Ask the Fishery staff at the Pier for up-to-date information about specific areas, methods and flies to use.