Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another reasonable week of weather making conditions a little more pleasant for fishing. Some strong winds have been troublesome at times and just a small amount of rain has coloured up the Boathouse just slightly. The fishing on the Boathouse has been very steady with most anglers getting in amongst the fish. Fishing various bugs, worms and Buzzers under the bung have been top method as usual. Finding the right depth has been crucial and anything from one foot to four feet deep has seen most of the fish taken. Pulling lures has taken fish at times but they are shying up from a pulled fly after a while. Mr McLaren had a good day landing 16 fish on a mix of Buzzers and Bloodworms. Mr Robertson had 14 on the bung with the best a brownie estimated at 6-7lb. Burnside has picked up in the last week after being a bit moody, Lures have been the top method as well as Buzzers and Bloodworms. Mr Birse had a great two mornings with 36 fish in around six hours fishing. Most were taken on a white and green lure with the biggest fish around 8lb. Mr Watson did well on a Black Bloodworm on a floating line landing 12 fish.
The Bankside is still fishing well if you can find the fish on the day. They are still moving around a lot depending on the wind and angling pressure. A sunk line with lures is catching the most due to how deep they seem to be holding. Mr Bar had a good day taking nine fish on Blob and Buzzers with the biggest around 8lb. Mr Duncan had eight fish on a Cat Bug with the best fish being a brownie that was estimated to be around 10lb. Mr Barlow had 11 on Black and Red Buzzers. The Woodside has not been too busy with some big fish getting caught. Mr Maxwell and his son had four fish for 11lb with the biggest being 6lb, all caught on spinners.
Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire
The first appreciable rain this year, which was heavy on Tuesday morning and in the form of heavy showers on Thursday, coloured the water slightly but it cleared quickly and conditions were good by the weekend. The fish were at variable depths, sometimes in the top two feet, at other times down about three to four feet. The Island and the Channel were the most productive areas with fish also to be found around the dam in the mornings. Most were taking small lures including Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, and Ace of Spades. Buzzer, Cormorant, Damsel and Bloodworm were also taking fish. Black and green was the best colour combination. Plenty of big fish are waiting to be caught and several anglers reported losing what they suspected were large specimens. Others were frustrated by getting pulls and soft takes which didn’t translate into catches.
The biggest fish landed this week was a lovely 9lb 4oz rainbow for Gregor McGregor of Falkirk. Ian Whitelaw, Dunipace, caught five fish for 16lb, plus one caught and released; Alistair Lyon, Edinburgh, five for 10lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, plus seven caught and released; Colin Smurden, Falkirk, four for 13lb 8oz including a 6lb 4oz rainbow, plus one caught and released; Nigel Muckle, West Calder, four for 11lb, plus two caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 11lb; Lee Currie, Bannockburn, four for 10lb 8oz from the Millpond, plus one caught and released; Billy Myles, four for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond; Willie Martin, Stirling, three for 8lb including two from the Meadow Pond; John Sneddon, Falkirk, three for 7lb 8oz, plus one caught and released; Andy Tervit, Paisley, three for 7lb 8oz; Ian McDonald, Kilsyth, two for 5lb 12oz; James Devlin, two for 5lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond; Matty Devine, Newcastle, a 4lb gold; John Doyle, a 3lb 4oz gold; Mark Ramage, and Pryce Howard, each caught and released six.