Fry feeding trout have been taunting anglers for much of the last week at Loch Leven. On some days, large numbers have been seen on the surface but, frustratingly, they are often proving quite difficult to catch. Anglers have reported have reported seeing very large fish right up close to the side of the boat but they are seemingly single minded in their pursuit of fry.
That said, some good fish have been taken. Scott Reith was out on Sunday with Rescobie Loch anglers and had 3 fish, two of which were of average size but one was estimated to be in the 5 ½ – 6 pounds range, taken on a green tailed Kate McLaren. Scott returned all his fish – the big one was said to be in excellent condition and will no doubt produce some good healthy offspring when it runs the burns shortly.
Alan Campbell was out on Monday with Ian Simpson had a lovely trout estimated at 4 ½ lbs amongst 4 in total that he had and all of which he returned. The big fish was also a hen fish looking ready for the forthcoming spawning season. He took it on a Claret Bumble.
The Reed Bower, the south side of St Serfs, Gairney Mouth and the open water around the small islands are all holding good numbers of fish.
As mentioned at the start, the fish are currently feeding heavily on fry but also at times are feeding on Zooplankton, both of which are food sources currently in almost limitless supply in the loch. This probably explains why the fish are sometimes ignoring anglers’ offerings. As a result of the bountiful food sources, the fish appear to be in top class condition.
Water clarity has remained steady at 1.2 meters with a lot of background algaes in the water column. Water temperature has been trending down to a current level of just under 15oC and the weed beds are now visibly smaller but are still holding vast numbers of both perch fry and stickleback.
Finally, a fabulous photo taken of dawn over the harbour last weekend.