Lake of Menteith 20th March
6ft Water Temperature 2.5C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.m.
Opening Day this year is the 23rd of March and it is going to be the coldest for a while but luckily the wind will be from the east giving the boats and anglers shelter on the eastern shores. It has been a cold winter and so our main stock fish size is not record breaking but I expect a record amount of decently sized overwintered fish due to our generous releases at the very end of last season and during the closed season. Above, a blue/gold bow goes into the stocking tank. In all we have put in over 1500 fish prior to opening. The water temperature yesterday at 6ft was around 2.5 C and at this temperature the fish are not that active. It may get warmer a little deeper (boffins call it inverse stratification) but as water reaches its maximum density at 4C – not much. Interestingly the water temperature is the coldest it has been for some time, including the years when the Lake was iced over for the majority of the winter and this is due to the wind action disturbing this inverse stratification enabling the colder water to get deeper. This colder water meant that pike catches were the poorest for a couple of years with the pike lying dogo.
Opening the fishery this year is Fra Wood from Aberfoyle – a well known member of the community – especially for her singing (silver disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry) and for her work with Border Collie Rescue and rehabilitation.
Café: The building extension is finished – thanks to some hard work during the winter. Just some wee jobs to do, like fitting the kitchen equipment, hanging a few pictures (where?!) and painting some floors etc. We (i.e. Carole who is leasing the space and equipment from the fishery) will definitely be able to serve you hot rolls (bacon, sausage, burger, egg etc) and tea/coffee from opening day. From the forecast it looks like you will all be needing a hot drink. The fire will be on, and as an extra precaution against hypothermia we have a heavy duty space heater at the ready. The kitchen is going in as I write this and we still have to sort out some water treatment requirements so provisions will be more basic until this is in place. The café is open only for anglers and thus Carole the proprietor will no doubt be asking what kind of café you require so she can create something which is successful for the fishery clients. Carole and the fishery are very keen to stress (some signage is needed) that the function room is open for all, not just café goers, and that picnickers will definitely be allowed in!
This large pike was captured on Sat 16th March 2013 during a PAC outing at the Lake. Unfortunately there is a significant and relatively fresh looking chunk missing from its tail. It could be the work of otters but I would put my money on the culprit being a propeller – maybe an electric. The likelyhood of this type of injury will be become significantly greater (I would imagine) as water temperatures drop. Suggestions and comments welcome.
Drogue policy. For 2013 we will not be putting drogues in the boats (due to a negative interaction with the engines) but will be signing out drogues to those that request them. Regular anglers are welcome to fit out a drogue for the Lake and leave them at the Lake Permit Office in a clearly labelled plastic bag.
We currently have a road closure between Thornhill and the Lake but the council say that the road will be open for Saturday 23rd March
Fishery Stats updated 2012
The above data has already been published but in case you missed it – here it is again. I hope this season is as good as the last!