Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Conditions have not been easy with high water temperatures; however, the recent rain will certainly help to freshen things up. Catch numbers on the Boathouse Pool were steadier this week with most rods returning fish but nobody hitting high numbers. Jock Leslie released 6 fish while James Smith and Mr Duncan returned 5 fish each. Moving around and altering tactics were the keys to success. Buzzers (olive or black), Bloodworm imitations and dries (Shipman’s or Sedge patterns) produced the best results. On Saturday we were privileged to host the SANA Stillwater Bank Team Semi-Final at Kingennie. 16 anglers landed 87 fish over Boathouse and Burnside with 10 qualifying for the final at the end of September.
On the Burnside Pool numbers were again steadier. Scott Pozzi released 5 fish with Ed Valentine and Mr Bruce returning 4 fish each. Anything from Buzzers to lures worked with the better fish being taken on Bloodworm patterns.
The Bankside Pool opened again on Saturday and immediately produced some decent results. Connor Wales was top rod returning 8 fish and George Birse released 5 rainbows and 2 blues. Frank Sherriff released 4 with one a magnificently conditioned rainbow weighing 9.25lb. Bob Anderson also found the answer to take 3 rainbows for a total of 7.75lb. Black lures seemed to be the best option.
Plenty of fish were moving in the Woodside Pool (any legal method) and most of those caught took Powerbait fished beneath a float. Mr Patterson had 3 fish for a combined weight of 7.50lb and Mr Heseltine took 2 rainbows for 5lb. Maggots were the second most successful bait this week, resulting in a nice rainbow of 3.50lb for Alan Thomsett. The large fish put in recently have avoided capture so far.
Kinross Trout Fishery, Perth
Kinross continues to fish well. Alex Stevenson took 5 fish off Baxter with this little Muddler and 2 off Charlie including a cracking double estimated around 10-11lb with a little black lure. Also well done to Sandy Cockburn who netted 7 fish on Coch y bonddu and a Kate McLaren. All top of the water sport on floating lines again. James Thomson caught a fish at 8.5lb on a Damsel. Gordon Haldane landed a lovely 7lb fish on a Sedge. Brian Fernie also had one at 7lb. Current leaders for the month of August are James Thomson 8.5lb; Ewan McMeechan 7.7lb; Brian Lockie 7.2lb from a float-tube.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
As the weather continues to cool down, the water temperature continues to drop and the oxygen level in the water increases. Conditions are continually improving and fish are being caught in bursts with periods of greater activity being followed by quieter times. Those doing well were catching on anything from lures fished on the bottom to dry flies. For most of the week the fish were either to be found in the area around the bridge or else at the dam with a few more now being seen moving around the channel in front of the island. The boats were also doing reasonably well as they have access to some of the deeper areas of the pond. The first stocking of this year’s golden trout took place this week with all three ponds being stocked with these very visible fish, although even they have sometimes been lurking fairly deep in the water. Amongst the wide variety of flies taking fish this week were Orange Fritz, Ally McCoist, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Montana, Buzzer, Bibio, Soldier Palmer, and Black Gnat. A fairly fast retrieve was often necessary to attract attention. The Fishery opening hours are now 8am to 9pm every day.
The best of this week’s bags included Ricky Goodwin, from Larbert,with 2 for 10lb 12oz including a 6lb 12oz rainbow; Thomas McEwan, Stirling, 2 for 9lb 4oz including a 6lb 12oz rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 15lb including a 5lb gold; Marius Botazatu, Stirling, 4 for 13lb including a 5lb rainbow, plus 2 released; Rab McKinnon, Dunblane, 4 for 12lb; Steven Clarkson, Dunblane, 4 for 11lb 8oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, in 2 visits, 4 for 10lb 4oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling 3 for 8lb, plus 1 released; Alan Laing, Carluke, 3 for 8lb; Robert McDonald, 3 for 7lb 4oz from the small ponds; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Barry Hamilton, Moodiesburn, 2 for 6lb 4oz; Cameron Smith, Alloa, caught and released 8; Zach Neufeld, Stirling, caught and released 8; Tam Clark, Stirling, caught and released 5.