Big fish have been making pretty regular appearances in anglers’ returns this past week on Loch Leven. The biggest was a fish caught and released by Robert Pelling who was fishing at the time with Tom Ferguson – the two of them estimated it at around 8 lbs! He caught it using a floating line at the Willows off the south east point of St Serfs on a size 10 Gosling – with a few strands of fraggle fritz mixed through.
Henry Lockhart, fishing with Pete Campbell, had a chunky fish at 5 lbs 3 ozs on a size 10 long shank Dunkeld off Cavelstone Strip – Henry travelled down from Fraserburgh and they braved what turned out to be a very windy day. Finally Stewart Marshall, fishing with the Central Scotland Police AC, had a fabulous basket of 4 fish weighing 13 lbs 12 ozs – the biggest weighed 6 lbs 10 ozs was caught on a size 16 Kate McLaren.
High winds did again compromise the fishing during much of the week but, when things did periodically quieten down, anglers were still able to tempt the fish. The South Shore, just off the weed beds, has been producing some nice baskets whilst the open water drifts are still working especially close to the drop offs. Buzzer methods are still working when conditions are favourable, as Rod McLennan proved on Monday when he caught and returned 7 nice fish up to 2½ lbs. Water clarity is currently standing at 2 meters, which is pretty good for the time of year at Loch Leven, and the water temperature is holding at 14.5°C which is very comfortable for the fish.