16th October


Water Temperature : 9C, Clarity (Secchi disc)2.5m

It is the turn of the big oaks to go red at Menteith. So if you are lucky and get a hint of sunshine…The sunsets can also be phenomenal from mid Oct onwards – as the sun goes down over the Malling shore. We are still pouring in the fish. 1500 good looking blues, bows and browns were stocked last week and around 1000 are set to go in this week (over 500 are already in). The pens will be pushed ashore next week and access to all of Gateside Bay will be possible from Tuesday 23rd Oct. There should be quite a few wide tailed specimen residents featuring in the catches after this date.  Photos by Colin Riach.


Speaking of big tails, Lake Regular Tom Buchanan is featuring on Landward BBC2 in a feature called


I believe Tam will also be heard singing us one of his songs.

THE LAST 3 SUNDAY FISHING DAYS START AT 11AM (i.e. 21/10, 28/10 and 4/11). Prices are reduced pro-rata after the clocks go back.

Kirk and School Day on the 4th of November which brings to and end our main season. There are 13 boats left for this full on fishing, food, fireworks (over the water) and musical BBQ. All-inclusive tickets for two angler’s catch and release is great value at £45.


Simon Menzies from the Bank of Scotland AC reports: The Lake hosted the 41st competition for the T W Walker Trophy between Bank of Scotland and Barclays Bank on Friday. Bank of Scotland retained the trophy by catching 70 fish with a nominal weight of 148lb to Barclays 54 fish with a nominal weight of 114lb. The much forecast winds were luckily not as strong as expected, but the rain more than made up for it. Stevie Nicoll was best rod for Bank of Scotland and Ralph Painter for Barclays. Both anglers caught ten fish. Rod average for the event was just over 5. Following the match, a dinner was held in The Birds and Bees, Stirling’. Best methods were washing line set ups with booby and nymphs although lures and dries did pick up fish as well.

Winter opening at the Lake is restricted to week days only from November onwards – apart from the Kirk and School Day and the Pike Club days. See boat availability. Photo QG