Things have improved a little at Loch Leven over the course of the past week or so and the season is now properly underway. There have been some very nice trout caught, the best weighing in at 5lbs 12ozs was caught and returned by Tom Burnett. This fish was one of 17 (all returned) taken by Brian Mackenzie and Tom Burnett last Saturday and, in addition to the brownies, they also caught a large perch and a pike! On Sunday, Paul Donegan and Peter Cameron had 5 fish on buzzers, again all returned. Kinross Angling Club had 3 boats out on Sunday and recorded 11 fish in total – all fish were measured and returned. Lewis Kerr was top rod with 4 fish. Elsewhere, Alan Campbell started his 2018 season with 4 fish on buzzers.
The fish caught so far this season have been in excellent condition and most of the age groups have been represented which is very encouraging.
Both pulling and buzzer methods have been working, most fish are to be found sub surface which means using high density lines for pulled flies, whilst buzzers can be presented generally on low density lines or even a full floater.
As we have begun accustomed to in the early part of the season, the best area for trout has been the Hole ‘O’ the Inch which is holding a lot of fish.
Pike anglers have also been connecting with some good pike. As far as we are aware, the best of the season so far was a pike weighting 18lbs caught by Michal Kowalski and Marcin Buba who also had an 11 pounder.
Not far behind was Ian Fleming with 2 weighing 17 lbs and 15 lbs. There have also been some nice ‘baskets’ of pike also recorded, the best being 11 pike in total.
Fly fishing for the pike has just begun to get some results mainly fishing very deep. Best areas for pike have been Factor’s Pier, Alice’s Bower to Auld Hoose Sett, Kirkgate Bank and the west side of Castle Island.
Water clarity is 1.7 metres and the temperature at 8.5oC is still a bit low for the beginning of May!
Buzzers are still hatching and hopefully, with the onset of warmer weather, these hatches will become more extensive and wide spread. The brownies normally respond to these hatches trout will respond to these hatches.