Burnhouse Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with four nights of icy mornings, getting better as the days got warmer and some really good catches were recorded. Thom Boseman, from Bunkle, caught and released one fish on a Squirmy Worm; John Gould, from Bellshill, had two on catch and release using a Black Buzzer; Colin MacAteney, from Kirkintilloch, landed two for 5lb 4oz on Buzzers; Eddie Cannon, Camelon, had two for 8lb 6oz; Charles Springett, Larkhall, tempted three for 7lb 14oz on a Fire Fly; Malkie Ward, Airdrie, caught one of 3lb on a Yellow Dancer; Alan Smith, Cumbernauld, released three on an Olive Damsel; Jamie McLiesh, Coatbridge, had three for 8lb 5oz on a Hothead Damsel and went on to release another two; Ronnie Lockheart, Uddingston, caught one of 2lb 5oz; Alan Davidson, Airdrie, caught two for 4lb 10oz, both on a Damsel and went on to release another four; Stevie O`Donnell, Cumbernauld, released four using an Orange Nomad; Ronnie Shepherd and son Stevie, Coatbridge, both had four on catch and release using an Orange Blob and Damsel Nymph; John Feming, Sheildhill, had six on catch and release using a Damsel and a Cat’s Whisker; John Mortimer, Cumberauld, had three for 8lb 4oz and went on to release another three using an Ally McCoist; Paddy Clarke, Plean, had three on catch and release using Blue-flash and a Damsel; Jim Black, Bannockurn, released two; Derek Lake, Shotts, had two for 4lb 8oz on a Damsel; Alex Britton, Bellshill, caught and released nine on Buzzers; Anthony Green, Denny, had one fish of 2lb 6oz on an Ally McCoist; Blaine O`Donnell had five on catch and release using Hare’s Ears and a Blue Dun Spider; John Gray, Redding, also released five using Black and Red Buzzers; Davie MaGuinness, Coatbridge, had five on catch and release using a Goldhead Hare’s Ear and returned one of 8lb 10oz! Thomas Masterton, Crossgates, had three for 8lb 7oz on a Red Daiwl Bach; and Pat Quinn, Motherwell, had one of 2lb 10oz on a Red Bloodworm. The fabulous weather increased the water temperature by seven degrees and fly hatches improving, with more surface activity.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
There was excellent sport for both full ticket and catch and release anglers fishing from the boats or the bank. With the water warming slowly again, fish are still being caught at all depths, especially in the shallows around Firwood point and from the dam wall. Intermediate or floating lines with Yellow Dancers, Black and Green Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs and Squirmies fished slowly are taking most fish. Fast sinking lines and Boobies are fishing well on the south shore. Boat anglers are doing particularly well during warmer sunny spells and taking advantage of buzzer hatches with black and red being the prominent colours.
Of the visiting clubs Broxburn AC’s six members had 23 fish for 59lb with A. McDonald beating his clubmates with four for 11lb 8oz, best 4lb on a Yellow Dancer. Other good bags went to D. Bell with four for 9lb 12oz on a Damsel; D. Lewis four for 9lb 8oz on a Damsel; E. Whitelaw four for 10lb, best 4lb on a Black and Green Fritz; W. Dennis two for 6lb 12oz; D. Collins three for 9lb; J. Dougall four for 10lb 8oz; Jim Thomson four for 10lb; Keith Lewis four for 11lb including a white-tagged fish on Buzzers to win a free day’s fishing; J. Thomson four for 10lb and Mr Lambert four for 10lb on a Cat’s Whisker.
The Troutmasters fish-off is this Sunday (April 12) at 9am, club rules apply. The reservoir will be closed to bank anglers on Sunday April 19 for the members-only Millhall Salver competition. There are still places available, to enter phone the club on 01324 714190. The Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open competition dates are now available at the clubhouse.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with sleet and snow showers and ended with glorious warm, sunny spring weather. The fish were three to five feet down at the start of the week but were in the top two feet at the weekend. There was some excellent fishing and some lovely fish in the 4lb to 5lb range were landed including a couple of cracking browns around 4lb 8oz. The fish were well spread out round the ponds for most of the week, with the island and dam being hotspots from time to time. Lures, nymphs and wets were all taking fish with Buzzers doing particularly well. Small dry flies were also catching when the conditions were warm and calm. The biggest fish of the week was a 15lb pike taken by Paul Christie! Fishery staff have no idea where this fish came from but hopefully it was a one-off as there have been no signs of any other, smaller pike in the water in the last 17 years!
A selection of the best bags this week includes Kimin Smith, from Plean, who in two visits caught seven fish for 26lb including a 5lb 6oz rainbow; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits landed nine for 28lb 4oz, plus nine caught and released; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, five blues for 15lb, plus two caught and released; Scott Pryce, Dumbarton, four for 13lb 8oz; Ray Pryce, Dumbarton, four for 13lb 4oz; James Fowell, Falkirk, four blues for 12lb 12oz plus four returned; Martin Stewart, Glasgow, four for 12lb 8oz; Allan Whitton, Stirling, four for 12lb 4oz; Jonathan Fowell, Larbert, four for 12lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, three for 11lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Kevin Gold, Stirling, three for 9lb 10oz; Euan Armit, Falkirk, three for 9lb 8oz; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, and James Brooks, Grangemouth, each with three fish for 9lb; John Mathieson, Doune, two tigers and a brown for 7lb 12oz; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, two for 8lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, two for 7lb 8oz; David Aitken, East Kilbride, two for 6lb 12oz including a 4lb 6oz brown; Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, two for 6lb 12oz; Gordon Fairlie, Tullibody, a 4lb 8oz brown; Kevin Lamb, Broxburn, caught and returned 23 fish; Dougie McLean, Cumbernauld, 10 caught and released; John Mackie, East Calder, eight caught and released.