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Lake of Menteith 27th March
6ft Water Temperature 2.0C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.9.m.


Opening Day catches at the Lake were not surprisingly drastically reduced by the cold weather and water temperatures. In all the 35 boats landed a respectable 85 fish for 219lbs and returned 65. Compare this to last year when 487 fish were caught. What a difference a year makes – last year it was bizarrely warm, this year the reverse, with water temperatures 5C down on the previous year. The only improvement on last year was the mean weight of the catches and this was down to the large number of larger overwintered specimens in the baskets. The weight of this year’s stockies is actually down relative to last – another function of the cold weather. Catches, cold fingers and feet aside, we were lucky to be able to open at all – considering the high winds, which were gusting from the east.

The fishing season and new building extension was opened in great fashion by renowned local singer and dog rescuer Fra Wood (left) from Kinlochard who indulged us with a song about Rowing along on the Lake of Menteith, to the tune of “Riding along on the Crest of a Wave”. Husband Councillor Fergus Wood then gave some details about the world angling competition that the council is planning for next summer.

Thanks to Stewart the Piper who played the boats out superbly (pictured below left) and to National Park Police Officer Paul Barr who is responsible for most of the photographs. Not to mention all the anglers who braved the cold weather before enjoying the hog roast.

 

 

 

 

 

I think there were bigger fish caught, but the one pictured right at 5lb caught by Bill Proven from paisley on a wee humongous  at Katies Brae was a beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Bailiff Douglas Fraser (on left) with a new season blob. Douglas’ Fabby Doo raised £124 for the Anaphylaxis Campaign.

 

On right Mark Grassby with a 26lb pike from the Pike Anglic Club event on the 16th March -  part of a trio of twenty pound fish caught with boat partner Nigel
Grassby

 

 

 

 

 

 

(above) Manager Quint Glen shows stalwart Ronnie Orr of Milngavie his netting skills.

Remember the Cabin Café is open to anglers and selling hot rolls, snacks and tea/coffee juice. If you want to order in advance please contact Carole on 07989560299 (a landline is going into the kitchen shortly) or carolecmc1@aol.com

 

An Osprey Returns

Fishery Director Jimmy Nairn and Stewart Marshal the Piper

 

Lovely Lu

Going the whole Hog