Lake of Menteith 24/3/15
6ft Water Temperature 4.5 C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.6m.
The Lake of Menteith season was officially opened on Saturday 21st by Gordon Watson (pictured on left), Chief Executive of The Loch Lomond and Trossach’s National Park after some fine tunes by Piper Stewart Marshall. It was the best weather for opening day that anyone could remember with glorious warm sunshine and snow on the hills (picture by Paul Barr of Ben Lomond). Catches were as expected, good (over 360 fish recorded for the 38 boats but not everybody marked in – don’t be bashful). Overwintered fish were found out in the middle, and in Gateside bay and the western basin, whilst the majority of the stockies were picked up in the bays of the eastern basin, Butts, Hotel, Road shore and Lochend. The day was finished off with an excellent spit roast.
Left: A fine dorsal (Photo C.Riach)
Tactics on opening day were the ever popular sink tip with boobie on the point and smaller flies higher up and some dry fly sport as well. With the bright weather continuing and the wind dropping on Tuesday – straight lining buzzers worked very well.Left: Tony Grier from Helensburgh had a bumper catch from Gateside on a cats whisker and a Di3. All over wintered, a rainbow at 7lb 10oz and a brace of brownies at 6lb 8oz and 6lb 4oz.
Still no sign of the Ospreys.
More information on the website (www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk)