Lake of Menteith Report 22/3/16
6ft Water Temp 6 C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.2m
The Lake celebrated its 50th season and at the same time celebrated 50 years of commitment from Boat Controller Elma Nisbet (below with cake) who was presented with a locally engraved crystal bowl.
Catriona Scott composed, wrote and sang a memorable ballad, Menteith Gold, for the opening - assisted by musicians Nick Hanley on Guitar and Seona Glen on violin.
A superb film of the Opening was made by Craig Summerville of Angling Active. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8irPth9x0Wk&feature=youtu.be)
To complete the musical theme Stewart Marshall gave us some great tunes on the pipes. The season was officially opened by MSP Bruce Crawford (left) who commented on the rich history of the area and the contribution of the business to outdoor recreation since its opening in 1966.
It was a bright day but despite this the 36 boats netted 489 fish and 83 of these were kept for the table. The biggest trout on the day was 6lbs 8oz caught by Kevin McCabe who won a case of the Beer of Menteith. The Lake has commissioned 1000 bottles of this tasty Light Ale (2.7%ABV) to commemorate the 50th anniversary and as prizes at angling events. Catches have remained at around 11-13 fish per boat on the days since opening with the best areas being Hotel Bay, the Road Shore, “Out in the Middle” and Reedy and Shear Points. Tactics have been intermediate lines and blobs and boobies, washing line and buzzers on a floater – or hanging the buzzers vertically. The dry fly has also been successful. The biggest weighed in so far was an 8lb 5oz fish by Tom Dallas of Glasgow (below right). Also shown on the left is a picture of Jim Litster’s big un-weighed brown caught during the close season (a lake record?) while pike fishing.
Kevin McCabe receives his case of beer for the biggest opening day fish (6lb 8oz).
Besides the beer the Lake has produced memorabilia to mark it’s 50th (T-shirts, Beanie Hats, Mugs, Hand Towels and Swing Top Engraved Half Bottles – available for sale in the shop).
After the fishing anglers were treated to a hog roast and cake, washed down with some more music and light refreshments.
The Lake Fisheries would also like to thank Photographer Paul Barr for his photographs on the day and for setting up the slide show of photos old and new https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27bFNutnMOo and for the lovely opening song sung by Catriona Scott and Friends as well as all the other individuals who helped make the day a success. Perhaps most thanks on the day were attributable to the fine weather and to Elma’s amazing contribution to the Lake of Menteith Fisheries’ 50 years.