Although there have been some fabulous brownies caught on Loch Leven over the week, it has in all fairness been pretty tough going for anglers on the whole. The SANAC semi final was fished on Friday and produced some great fish. Jmaes Simpson representing Frozen North AC had 2 trout, the first caught on a peach Muddler weighed exactly 6 lbs. Then he went one better by catching a second weighing 6 lbs 4 ozs on a mini humungous. To catch one 6 pounder on Loch Leven is pretty special but to catch two in a single session is amazing. Both fish were caught at the Point of St Serfs. The other qualifier was Billy Neill representing Kilmally AC and he had a very nice 3 pounder.
The other main fish of note was a lovely 7 lbs brownie caught by Michael Somerville on Saturday. In all fairness, Michael was actually fishing for pike at the time just off the Factor’s Pier and he caught it on a brown trout plug. Once it had been photographed, it was safely returned.
Buzzer fishing is still producing fish mainly in water measuring 12-20 feet in depth in the North. Pulling methods are moving fish and indeed the fish caught in the SANAC semi final were all caught using traditional pulling methods in a ‘good blow of wind’.
Pike fishing is getting a little quieter as the pike patrol the now well-established weed beds but they are still being caught to the usual range of fishing methods. Some more adventurous pike anglers have now started to try different areas of the loch to see if they can locate pike in good numbers there as opposed to the normal ‘hot spots’ and we will let you know if any new areas produce the goods.
Water quality is now pretty steady at 2.7 metres in clarity and the water temperature currently stands at 17oC. Zooplankton remain prolific in the water column, especially Daphnia. Weed growth is now approaching peak levels and the weed beds are now starting to harbour good numbers of fry (mainly Stickleback) – and not surprisingly some very big trout are therefore starting to be seen in those areas.