Fishing has been very slow at Loch Leven these past opening weeks. Until a few days ago, the very cold water temperature has probably been the main single reason for the lack of fortune for the early anglers.
Pike fishers too have been very frustrated with the late start to the season but a pike weighing 10lb was caught today and so hopefully that is a harbinger of better sport to be had over the coming weeks as spring hopefully kicks in properly.
Some trout have been seen rising this past week, coming up to feed on early hatching buzzers. In fact, it is encouraging that some very good buzzer hatches have been already been seen over the last week or so, particularly East and South of St Serfs Island. Some of the buzzers hatching have been pretty big and hopefully the hatches will last and get the fish feeding on them on a regular basis. It is rather nice to see the small Black Headed Gulls feeding in some areas all day on the hatching flies.
Brian McKenzie and Tom Burnett were out on Saturday had 5 trout, all returned, and also contacted several others. Paul Donegan had 2 fish on Sunday which he duly returned and had good fun in the Hole ‘O the Inch “pulling up” a good number of fish. Lewis Kerr and Stuart Moodie had a fish each on Sunday. Stuart caught his on the buzzer also in the Hole ‘O the Inch.
Water clarity is reasonable at 1.9 meters and the temperature is now 9oC, up from a decidedly chilly 4.5oC last weekend!
The fish that have been caught so far have without exception been in very good condition and fighting fit as we have come to expect. Some big fish have been seen rising in amongst good numbers of 11”-14” fish which were seen on the surface when the conditions were suitable over the weekend.
In this very early part of the season, it is probably too soon to speculate on the season ahead. That said, it is nice to see such a good hatch of buzzers and in particular the big “juicy” buzzers. Where the flies are hatching, the fish do appear to be responding.
The best of luck, and ‘tight lines’ for the season to come from all of us at Loch Leven.
As some may already know, Michael Wilson has just handed over the reins here at Loch Leven as he has accepted a fabulous position at Amhuinnsuidhe on the Isle of Harris where he will be looking after the full range of activities including stalking, shooting grouse, wildfowling and fishing (both salmon & brown trout). It is a wonderful opportunity for Michael, Rhona and family and we wish them every success in the future and Michael has our grateful thanks for everything he has done for us here at Loch Leven over many years.
All is not lost however because I am delighted to say that his father Willie Wilson (Willie the Ghillie himself) has agreed to once again take over the position of Fishery Manager here at Loch Leven, albeit working part time hours. I am delighted too that his great friend, and true Loch Leven stalwart, Alan Smith has agreed to join the team to help Willie out and these are the 2 main faces that anglers will see when arriving at the Pier this season. Adam Dickson too is rejoining the fishery team to provide the muscle.
Booking details remain exactly the same as last season for those wishing to book boats
- You can email Jane Wilson on email@example.com or phone her on 01577 863407 (Mon – Fri)
- You can book via the online booking system on our website fishlochleven.co.uk
- Ring the Fishery mobile 07894 899532 (note – this was Michael Wilson’s phone previously but it is being handed over to Willie Wilson)