Weekly Report and Monthly summary
Temperature at 6ft 14C; Clarity 2m. The lake has heated up another 2C
this week and we can expect to see some phenomenal buzzer hatches soon.
The eastern basin is still the place, and hot spots have been Reedy Point,
Road Shore, Lochend, Todhole and the Butts. Out in the middle of the Lochend
Leg and Stable Point have also produced good baskets. Buzzer and nymph
tactics have produced the best reported catches this week but mini-lures
and going a bit deeper have also worked well. Evening fishing is now well
We currently only have day time boat availability for Tuesday 11th (5
boats) and Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th May. There are plenty of evening
boats available and there will doubtless be some day time boat cancellations
in the days and weeks to come.
Top Catches and Club results for last week:
27th April: Gary McKee (Paisley) 15 fish for 35lbs. 28th April: T.Ward
(Cumnock) 14 fish for 32lbs. 29th April: G.Learmonth (Falkirk) 15 fish
for 33lbs, A. Mackay (Port Glasgow) 13 fish for 24lbs. 30th April: West
of Scotland (5 boats) 18 fish for 47lbs, CIBA Angling (6 boats) 30 fish
for 70lbs. 1st May: NorHet (6 boats) 21 fish for 41lbs, Newmarket AC (6
boats) 26 fish for 60lbs, Basfords (3 boats) 18 fish 39lbs, Stanley AC
(8 boats) 44 fish for 86lbs, Thack AC (6 boats) 60 fish for 128lbs. 2nd
May: Leslie Llanilar (5 boats) 49 fish for 107lbs, Lanrig (6 boats) 21
fish for 44lbs, Denny and Dist (8 boats) 44 fish for 86lbs. 3rd May: W.Fullerton/W.Leach
(Falkirk) 14 fish for 26lbs, Clarke/Ferguson (Glasgow) 13 fish for 29lbs,
R.Fullerton (Roche) 15 fish for 28lbs, Ladies Sponsored Fish (6 boats)
24 fish for 54lbs. 4th May: Lothian and Borders Police (12boats) 80 fish
Average boat catch for April 2004 was a respectable 4.25 fish per boat
for a total weight of 9.25lbs. This wasn’t as good as last April
when the average boat catch was 5.25 fish for 10.2lbs. However the average
weight of the fish this year increased to 2lbs 3oz compared to last year
and the quality seemed even better. I can’t remember seeing such
a high proportion of overwintered fish in the catches.
The season got off to a much colder start than last year, 6C at a depth
of 6ft, compared to last years balmy 10C, but the water temperature of
14C at the end of April pipped last year’s month end by a degree.
The lilly leaves are later to emerge on the surface than last year. This
colder and inclement start will have effected the fish and anglers, but
we have also slightly adjusted our stocking policy so that there will
be more fish available to stock prior to and during the traditionally
dourer summer months of June and July.
We wish disabled internationalist and well kent fly tyer Andrew Herd a
speedy recovery from his broken hip.
A Charity Competition will be held at the Lake on the 29th July, in aid
of Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, which is building an
additional hospice at Balloch. Registration forms for this are available
at the Lake, and we hope to attract some well sponsored individuals to