Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was another cold week with some snow and sleet, and the odd slight overnight frost, but fishing conditions were very good with excellent water clarity. The fish were generally around 3 to 4 feet down and for much of the week were to be found in the channel in front of the island although towards the end of the week they moved out a bit and were being taken at the Dam and overflow and also in the far bay. Small lures, such as Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Humungus and various Fritz patterns fished on an intermediate line with a slow retrieve was the most common tactic, although some anglers were having success retrieving Buzzers, Bloodworm and the odd nymph. Several superb browns were caught and released this week including one estimated at 6lb. Blues and golds also figure in the catch returns. Several anglers are commenting on the excellent condition of the fish and the superb fight they are giving.
The Fishery is open every day from 8am to 5pm.
Over 90% of anglers visiting Swanswater this week caught fish, and the best of the bags included Heather Johnston, from Neilston, with 4 for 15lb including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Paul Dancer, Whitburn, 4 for 12lb plus 4 released; Billy Allison, Whitburn, in two visits 8 for 19lb 12oz (5 from the Meadow Pond), plus 9 released; Rab Cooper, Dunfermline, 4 for 10lb 4oz from the small ponds, plus 3 Browns released; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 4 for 10lb from the Meadow Pond plus 6 released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb 4oz, plus 1 released; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb, plus 2 browns released; Rab Bonar, Alloa, 3 for 12lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Alec Knox, Glasgow, 3 blues for 11lb 12oz, biggest at 4lb 8oz; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 3 for 10lb 12oz; George Lees, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 12oz’ Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Billy Walker, Whitburn, 3 blues for 9lb 8oz; Les Cooper, Dunblane, 2 for 9lb; Andrew Thomson, 2 for 7lb; Peter Blunsden 2 for 6lb 8oz; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, caught and released 9; Dave Lyon, Larbert, caught and released 8; Ian Munro, Stirling, caught and released 8; Graeme Heatlie caught and released 2 including a brown estimated at 6lb.