Not much change in the fishing on Loch Leven since the last report but, that said, fish were definitely ‘up’ on those days when conditions were favourable.
Last Saturday, Alan Smith & Willie Wilson ventured out in conditions where both they and others questioned their sanity – we put it down to the effects of advancing years on their sanity! It was very wet again and pretty windy and, after 2 hours without so much as an offer, both were on the verge of packing it in and sneaking back home with their tails between their legs. It was that point that a kindly trout took pity on them and Willie opened ‘their account’. From then on for the next 2-3 decidedly sodden hours, fish suddenly were available. Willie hooked, played, landed and returned a superb brownie estimate at 6+ lbs just off Carden Point. Alan responded with a 4+ lbs trout caught off the Horn Bank just north of St Serfs. To cut a long (and for the rest of us distinctly boring) story short, they finished with 9 trout – all returned – with the boat lying low half full of rainwater. Two pretty chuffed ‘oldies’ having seen once again Loch Leven fishing as it can!
Some fish too have been showing up in the evening sessions. John Kay and his son had 2 fish on Monday evening with the best weighing in at 4 lbs 8 ozs. Some good hatches of fly were reported as being seen in both the North and South Deeps. Fish have been up on the surface but are not always proving easy to tempt to the fly.
As is common as we move towards the last couple of months of the season, some very big fish are now starting to be seen around the various weed beds, in all likelihood chasing the big shoals of stickleback. Big fish are also showing up in the open water drifts just to keep anglers on their toes.
The open water drifts in both the north and south of the loch are working even in the recent fresh to strong winds. As has been the case for a while, line density choice can be crucial depending on the wind speed and conditions. Most of the available trout appear to be lurking not far below the surface which makes it doubly important.
Pike anglers are still managing to contact fish but they are definitely becoming harder to find amongst the weed at the moment.
Water clarity is pretty steady at around 1.5 metres on the Secchi Disc and watertemperature is currently 16oC. There is still zooplankton showing up in the water column but perhaps in not the same prolific numbers as 2-3 weeks ago