Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A taste of spring at Kingennie this week and the fish are responding to the change in weather. A few fish have been taken on dries and more have been seen rising late in the day. Some larger fish have been coming off all the ponds with the Bankside and Burnside producing double-figure fish. On the Boathouse the most productive method has been lures fished on intermediates. The water has been really clear so anglers have been able to target fish but that does throw up its own problems as the fish seeing you, your leader and any imperfections that may be in your leader. The Burnside pool continues to fish well to various methods, some anglers taking fish straight off the top with others taking fish very deep. Successful flies on Burnside have been Apps’ Bloodworm, Buzzers and Blobs. On the Bankside pool the fish have started to spread out from the bays and can now be found all over the pool. The north bank was a hotspot last week with a lot of fish falling to various Bloodworm patterns fished on floating lines. The Woodside any-method pool has been fishing really well with Powerbait probably just outdoing worms and maggots.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
Last week’s better fishing weather made it the busiest week so far this season with over 200 fish being caught and nearly the same on catch and release. In the shallow water during the morning hours or when there is cloud cover use slow sinking or intermediate lines. Yellow Dancers and most Hothead variants responsible for 30% of the catches. The sunnier periods produced heavy buzzer hatches just out from the dam wall where floating lines and static Olive, Green or Black Buzzers with orange or red cheeks from the surface down to six feet were working.
Of the visiting clubs this week Alexanders FC had 44 fish for 114lb 8oz. Willie Murray was top rod with four for 13lb including a 4lb 8oz cross between a brown and Arctic char. Bill Anderson from the same club caught a green-tagged fish to win £100. Bonnybridge AC had 51 for 133lb with R. Harley top rod with 13lb 8oz. Some of the better bags went to A. Donachy with four fish for 11lb; R. Harley Jnr four for 11lb; J. Smith four for 11lb 8oz; G. Donnelly four for 10lb 12oz; Bob Syme four for 12lb; Ross McCann four for 10lb 8oz; R. Chapman four for 11lb 8oz on a Yellow Dancer; A. Fleming four for 11lb; Gordon Anderson four for 12lb on a Squirmy; A. Burke four for 12lb.
The Troutmasters fish-off is on Sunday April 12 during the day session 9am till 4pm.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
During the week the fishing was generally pretty good, but the bright sun on Saturday and cold wind on Sunday made things a little harder at the weekend. The fish depth varied from the top couple of feet for most of the week to virtually on the bottom on Saturday. Fish were caught all around the main area of Swanswater with the dam, overflow and island the favourite spots. The water is very clear at present and the temperature is up to 7oC. Some fish are now coming to wet flies although most anglers are still fishing lures or Buzzers. Favourite patterns included Ace of Spades, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Bibio and Spider.
Willie Martin, from Stirling, caught five fish for 17lb 8oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, five for 15lb 8oz, plus a further six caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 15lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 14lb 8oz; Ian Brown, Denny, four for 14lb 8oz including three blues, biggest one at 4lb; James Fowell, Falkirk, four for 14lb 4oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, eight for 24lb 12oz, plus four returned; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four blues for 12lb 4oz; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, four for 12lb; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 10lb 12oz; Davy Neilson, Carronshore, three for 10lb 8oz; John Lennox, Hamilton, three for 10lb; Stuart Ross, Bo’ness, and Mike Bolton, Maddiston, each with three for 9lb 4oz; Brian Stewart, Falkirk, a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, a 3lb 12oz gold.