Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Weather was a big factor in fishing returns again this week, with temperatures generally being very low and winds fairly high. Greg McLaren certainly found the correct method on the Boathouse to catch/release 16 rainbows. Mr Burnett also did well returning 9 fish. Small flies were the preferred option, although several fish were caught on lures and even a couple on dry flies.
The Burnside was variable again but there were still some excellent catch/release results. Greg McLaren also cracked the code for this pool, returning 13 fish. Ed Valentine released 13 and Ian Gordon returned 12.
Angling pressure on the Bankside was quite low but George Birse managed to return 8 rainbows as did Mr Breen.
On the Woodside Pool (any legal method) the fishing was quite difficult but some decent returns were recorded, especially to Powerbait. Mr Oakley had five fish for 9lb; Mr Clark took four fish for 8.25lb; Nathan had four fish for 8lb and Mr. Reid had three rainbows for 5.50lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The continuing changes in weather have seen a mixed success rate for anglers. One really cold day in the middle of the week, with overnight temperatures down to -5 saw water temperatures drop and fish went slightly deeper and were harder to locate. The beginning and end of the week were milder and saw the air temperature rise as high as 8 degrees, meaning fish were more active, higher in the water. The fish continue to shoal predominately in the channel between the island and roadside, however on the milder days they were also found in the main area and towards the dam wall, with anglers in the boats having good success.
Most catches were again had on lures, including Cat, Dancer, Ally McCoist and Damsel. The water remains exceptionally clear with anglers, on the calm days commenting on seeing fish well down in the water.
Despite the low water temperatures some excellent browns are also still being caught and released.
Ian Whitelaw, from Dunipace, caught 5 fish for 20lb including a gold plus 11 released; Paul Dancer, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb 4oz plus 1 released; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 12lb including 2 blues plus 3 browns released; Neil Sharp, Dollar, 3 for 12lb 4oz plus 2 released; Alex Knox, Glasgow, 3 for 12lb including a 6lb rainbow; Allan Armstrong, Dollar, 3 for 11lb 12oz plus 2 released; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, 3 for 11lb including a green plus 4 released; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a blue plus 6 released; Eddie McKillop Jnr, Glasgow, 3 golds for 10lb 2oz plus 2 released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a blue plus a Rainbow and a brown released; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 4oz; James Dempster Jnr, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 8oz; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a gold; Alan Burke, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a gold plus a brown released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 blues for 6lb 8oz; John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb including a blue; Andy Duffin, Fallin, 2 from the Millpond for 4lb 8oz plus 6 released.