Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A huge change in the fishing recently with warmer weather seeing a lot more fish activity all over the ponds. The Boathouse is still fishing really well with really good returns from most of the anglers. The usual flies such as Damsels, back and green lures, Blobs and Cats have taken fish when pulling. FABs and nymphs on a washing-line set-up have been very effective and dries are also working when the conditions have been right. Mr Walker had two fish for 6lb and returned another nine including one of around 10lb on a Nomad. Mr Fisher returned 10 fish including one at around 16lb and another at around 17lb on a Yellow Dancer. Mr Watson did well on wee Buzzers landing 18 fish up to around 8lb.
The Burnside has been fussy at times and has made the fishing tricky but very good for those that cracked the method. The bung has been the best approach with either Buzzer and Bloodworm or a Cat Bug. Mr Wilson had 12 fish on Black Buzzers including a 4lb blue. Mr Gordon had 14 including an eight-pounder on a yellow lure. The biggest fish of the week was taken by Mr Porteous with a 12lb 14oz rainbow taken on a Yellow Dancer.
The Bankside has really been back on form with some of the best catches from around the fishery coming from this pond. Mr Sheriff had 20 fish on a yellow lure and a Hopper. Mr Jones had 21 on Black Buzzers. Mr Barlow had 22 on Buzzers and a FAB including an eight-pounder. Mr Westland had nine fish on Olive Buzzers including one of around 14lb and another of around 7lb. The Woodside continues to produce lots of fish to most methods and over the Easter weekend a total of 36 anglers caught 67 fish for 122lb.
On Sunday Kingennie held its heat of the SANA Stillwater team qualifiers and a reasonably nice day with light winds and some sun greeted the 15 competitors. There were fish caught from the first couple of minutes then steadily throughout the day with every peg producing fish. By the end of the day the 15 anglers had landed an incredible 151 fish between them. The biggest fish of the day was landed by Jim Adie with a huge fish estimated at around 16lb taken on a White Fritz. An outstanding catch of 27 fish for 35 points was more than enough for Richard Mchattie to claim first place, followed by Alan Gilbert with 19 fish for 28 points and Scott Pozzi with 20 fish for 27 points.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Good conditions saw plenty of fish caught and with fish higher in the water Buzzers worked well for many. Lures including Damsels, Cats and White Fritz worked lower in the water. Many anglers saw good returns for their sessions and some large fish among them. Slater Scott caught 33 fish with his best at 8lb; Charlie Miller had 10 and 12; Gordon Grant 23; Ian Wilson had 17, best at 6lb; Rob Scorer had 19 on nymphs; Elaine Smith returned a fish of 6lb; Andrew More had a fish of 9lb 4oz; David King had a 9lb 1oz fish; Mark Bell had 11; Ian Storey had a fish of 5lb 1oz; young Amy O’Neill had a fish of 6lb 8oz; Neil Scowen had 10 fish with one of 7lb 5oz; Jimmy Rhind caught 17; Neill Smith had 12 with one of 6lb 1oz; Gary Gormley had 16; Chris Johnston had 14 and Brian Wallace had a fish of 4lb 2oz.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Up until the weekend fishing was excellent and some good fish were being caught with both top and bottom lochs fishing well. The brownies were in great condition and the blues very aerobatic and fighting really hard. Best flies were Damsels, wets and Buzzers. Sadly, on Thursday into Friday evening the boats were vandalised which put a halt on fishing for the Easter weekend The police are investigating. The good news is that with much thanks to Alistair Beedie and a lot of help from individual anglers, all four boats are now repaired and back in the water. Boat five is also available.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Fishing conditions were pretty good for most of the week with mainly light winds and overcast conditions, although the cold breeze made it feel a bit more like winter again. The water temperature is sitting around 7oC and the fish were in the top two to three feet of the water. They are well spread out and getting caught at the dam, the island and the roadside, with the boats also doing well on certain days. Most fish were taken on lures, with a few taking nymphs and, on some days, Buzzers. The usual patterns were successful including Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Ally McCoist, Damsel, Black Nomad and lime green Buzzer. A steady stream of browns were caught with one angler, Jim Craig, taking three on a size 20 Black Spider in the area around the bridge. A good number of lovely blues also feature in the catch returns along with the usual top quality rainbows. All three ponds are fishing well at present and anglers are happy to move between ponds to enjoy different conditions. With the start of summer time, the Fishery is now open until 7.30pm every night.
Gregor McGregor, from Falkirk, caught two fish for 11lb 4oz, including rainbows of 6lb 4oz and 5lb, plus two caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, landed eight for 25lb 4oz including four blues, plus three caught and released; John Walker, Stirling, five for 17lb; Ian Brown, Denny, five for 16lb; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, five for 14lb 12oz, plus two caught and released; Rab Bonar, Alloa, in two visits, four for 15lb; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 12lb 4oz plus five caught and released; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 12lb; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, three for 10lb 8oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow, plus three caught and released; Robbie Robertson, Stirling, three for 9lb 12oz; David Berney, Menstrie, three for 9lb 8oz including a 4lb rainbow; John O’Hara, Shotts, three for 9lb 8oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three browns for 6lb 8oz; Martin Watt, Airdrie, two for 7lb 8oz; David Lax, Dunfermline, two for 7lb; Neil Elphinstone, two for 6lb from the Meadow Pond including a 4lb rainbow; Robert Gardner, Stenhousemuir, two for 6lb; John Mackie, East Calder, caught and returned seven fish.