More mixed fortunes for anglers fishing on Loch Leven over the last week. We had a couple of gloriously hot days (for Loch Leven anyway) which saw the water temperature rise sharply to 18.5oC and the appearance of some blue-green algae in the water column. However the algae is still in pretty low numbers as evidenced by the fact that water clarity has remained just on 4 metres. Zooplankton are still prolific in the loch and weed growth is now well established.
Buzzer fishing during the two hottest and brightest days was surprisingly good. Jeff Lawson & Eck Dewar had 11 trout between them on Thursday whilst that same day Rab Walls had 10 and Ally Middlemas and 2 pals had 7 between them. All these fish were safely returned.
Pulling methods are also producing fish and seem to be attracting especially some of the bigger trout. We actually had no really big ones reported this week but Tony Black on Sunday had one comfortably over 3 lbs amongst the 4 he caught – all on buzzers. Stan Headley also had one of 3 lbs plus that same day.
Fish are still to be had at the Hole ‘o’ the Inch and at all the buoys along the shallows drop off to the North Shore. Anglers are also now reporting some action from the Green Isle to the North Buoy along the 12 foot mark.
Pike fishing too picked up last week with one boat managing 15 pike weighing up to 15 lbs with numerous follows and enquiries all day. All the permitted pike fishing methods are taking pike including fly which is a pretty exciting way of catching the bigger, very athletic pike! The best areas for contacting pike are Alice’s Bower, Factor’s Pier and Kirkgate Bank.