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Lake of Menteith Report 18/10/16
Clarity 2.6m; 6ft Water Temperature 11C.
Lots of end of season fun with the big 5-8lb
stockies that are going in and getting caught in good numbers. This week we have stocked over 400 fish in the 5-8lb weight range plus 400 fish of 2.1 average weight. These big fish will hopefully be cormorant proof and will look great in the spring, but the generous end of season stocking that is taking place is being appreciated right now - as the photos below show. There are still more big fish to stock (200?) plus plenty more small 2lb fish, and if the weather keeps on the clement side there will be some excellent fishing still to come at the Lake. We are staying open until the 11th Nov – so keep an eye on the forecast and phone the fishery before 6pm the night before to reserve a boat if there are boats available and it looks good. The webcam is back up and running. A lot of snakes on the go at the Lake just now but it is critical to get the right shade of pink and prestretch the rabbit skin. Allan Gamble (pictured on right) won the recent Hawks outing (6 boats 22 fish 75lbs and 10 returned) at the Lake with 9 fish at Kate’s Brae. Allan was pulling two boobies at speed, fast and stop. The fish were chasing the boobies then taking the small hoppers on the washing line. A fast retrieve seems to be doing the business but Jordan Queen (pictured left with Shield) won the Cormorant shield on Sunday with dries (Hares Lug) in the same area. Booby expert Robert Fyfe (pictured with the Cup) won the season long cormorant chase. A lot of fish reported off reedy point and Rookery today.
This weekend we are opening at 11am on Sunday to counteract the failing light so the session will be 11am till 6pm. The following weekend the clocks go back (on the 30th), so the Sunday session will be 11am till 5pm and reduced rates will apply.
Iain MacGregor from Stirling took home this 7 ½ pounder which grabbed a fly 6ft from the rookery shore. Iain wanted his picture taken to “highlight the excellent facilities that the lake provides for the disabled”.
Left: Frank Gillespie with a good looking resident. Right: Bill Paton with his and Alan Frew’s.