Fishing has remained fairly tricky over the last week on Loch Leven but, that said, there have been some very nice fish caught all the same. Out on Thursday, Jim Thomson had a nice fishing at 4 lbs 3 ozs on a green & orange Booby which he caught just off the Reed Bower.
Fishing on Sunday on a Kinross AC outing, Ally Middlemas had a lovely fish weighing 5 lbs 11 ozs. In another boat, Alan Smith had a very big hen fish which measured slightly less than Ally’s in length but it was stuffed with roe and probably weighed a good few ounces more. Alan’s fish was returned and swam off very energetically indeed!
Some very big fish have been seen ‘fry bashing’ pretty much all over the loch. Fry are present in huge numbers and the trout are hitting them hard at the moment.
Best flies currently seem to be small (size 10 or 12) lure and fry imitation patterns but good old traditionals are still attracting fish especially on a day with a good fresh blow from any direction. Soldier Palmer, Kate McLaren, Bibio along with various Dabblers and Snatchers are all worth a try.
Fish are now lying back off the main burn mouths, getting ready to begin their journey into the burns to spawn – this should start to happen anytime now given a good flow of water.
Water clarity is little changed from last week at just over 1 meter with a lot of background algae present at the moment. Water temperature has actually risen slightly to just on 16oC.