The past week for anglers on Loch Leven has been pretty much identical to the previous one. Some areas of the loch have seen quite a bit of activity. For example, on Sunday, fish were to be found along the South Shore from Paddy’s Point right along to the weed beds at the Sluices. Indeed there were some big fish seen feeding on fry along the edge of said weed beds but as usual they proved difficult to tempt away.
The open water areas are still holding a lot of fish, particularly small ones as well as some very fat trout!
Ray Wilson recorded the biggest trout of the week that we are aware of which he caught just east of the Reed Bower and weighed 4 lbs 14 ozs. Big baskets of fish proved difficult to compile but a couple of anglers out on Sunday reported 2 fish caught, 2 big fish ‘lost’ and numerous undersized fish, all of which were returned. Both anglers reported being both happy & frustrated at the same time!
As mentioned earlier, fish have been located all along the South Shore but especially in Carden Bay – which is about half way along the shore. Fish are also now congregating in numbers at all the burn mouths and are now resplendent in their ‘breeding colours’ which, as with the big fish patrolling the weed beds, this colouring makes them pretty tricky to spot.
The same old flies seem to still be performing. We did however hear of one angler fishing over 2 days who succeeded in raising a number of fish to the old fashioned Soldier Palmer (size 12) and indeed caught a couple on that particular fly. Otherwise, flies tied with Paerly bodies are still working, as are Hoppers and Dabblers. It is also sometimes worth trying a small dry fly when the fish are up – one angler reported having a bit of interest in a small black dry fly , imitating a reasonable hatch of very small black flies.
Water clarity has dropped a little since last week and currently stands at just over 1.3 meters on the Secchi Disc with the drop in visibility probably due to an increase in small background algaes. Water temperature is pretty steady at 160C.
Fry have been spotted in huge numbers in the open water but, as mentioned previously, they tend to be quite fixated on the fry and difficult to tempt with other offerings which can make it a tad frustrating particularly when you can see them there and they are just ignoring you. I suppose that is wild brown trout fishing for you!