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FOOD AT THE FISHERY
Lake of Menteith
16th Sept 2014
6ft Water Temperature 15C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 1.0m
Since my last press release things have improved drastically. The algae themselves have been sampled. According to Professor Lawton (algologist at Ropbert Gordon Uni in Aberdeen), there was a 50% chance that the algae would contain some level of toxicity, so when the call came through with the analysis results I was on tenterhooks. Thankfully, no toxins were evident in the samples and catching for the table was again allowed. Over last weekend a slight wind (but more consistent than we had had for about 10 days), sprung up from the east and disrupted the floating algae and dispersed them through the water column - where they do not flourish due to reduced light levels. A the time of speaking the eastern drifts are of good clarity, whilst those drifts nearer the western shores are of reduced clarity with a low secchi disk reading at Gateside Bay and Dog Isle. The wind is forecast to be light easterlies for another five days or so before unsettled conditions are forecast to push in to the West of Scotland. No doubt the algal bloom will be a big feature at the next Board Meeting of Lake of Menteith Fisheries Ltd.
What Good Catches !
Fishing has been very good in the last wee while with light winds and overcast conditions being ideal for washing line or dry tactics. Diawl bachs appear to be the fly of the moment but the lures are also working well. Hot spots? Difficult to say at present….750 2-2 ½lb fish have been stocked this week and that will be all, until after the Scottish Club Championships on Friday 19th. Average fish weight is currently between two and three pounds.
Notable Catches: Vale of Leven 4 boats 15 fish for 47lbs plus 5rtd, Tillicoultry 2 boats 12 fish 36lbs 6oz, Craig Cowan 20 fish rtd, Kelvinside AC 4 boats 20 fish 57lbs, BOSAC v Barclays 24 boats 237 fish returned, Saturday AC 2 Boats 45 rtd, Heriots 7 boats 13 fish for 37lbs plus 43 returned.
Well done Team Scotland for their 2nd place in the UK International Match at Brenig in Wales, and congratulations to winners England and Brown Bowl Winner Phil Dixon.
Big Brown Trout
were boated at the Lake this week (below left Ross Jordan from Dorset) and Pilton man Davie Bertram’s big broon –which looked like it survived a cormorant grab as a youth. Both returned.