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Lake of Menteith 3rd October 2017
Water Temp at 6ft 12.5C, Secci Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 1.9m

Last week samples were taken from the middle of the Lake on the surface, 1m down and from a bay where the algae had accumulated and sent to Robert Gordon University for analysis. The result came back on Friday 29th Sept and showed that after a month of sampling, the algae still contain no toxins. A return to normality at the Lake cannot be far away. This is the 3rd time the algae has been sampled and found to be harmless. The Scottish Government advises that where blooms are encountered, fish should not be consumed until tests prove there are no toxins. If blue green algae are present above the threshold level, Stirling council have stated that their advice is that fish should not be consumed until the algae had dissipated and further tests prove there are no toxins. We are well on our way to meeting these conditions as colder weather is dissipating the algae by de-stratifying the temperature layers in the water and the wind can now mix up the water a little more easily, taking the algae away from the surface and sunlight.

 

Left: David Mateer (left), Scottish Police North Fishing Champ, with George Nicholson who won the cup for the heaviest fish. Top areas last week were variable depending on the wind direction. Dry flies have been successful in the calmer weather but in a wave a heavier line is usually more functional.