Bouys away at Gateside and the snakes rush in.

Water Temp 6ft 12C Clarity 1.8m

Some tremendous fishing for the time of the year at the Lake. Was going to say for the end of the season, but we are staying open all winter now, so a change of mindset is required as well as a watchful eye on the weather and winter insulation. We will be opening a new portal for winter bookings – it is not quite ready yet – but will be in a few days. In winter it is best to know the weather before you book…


The Lake fish are in a class of their own at the moment – averaging over 3lbs, due mainly to the fact that we grow our own fish and had to hold on to them for 2 months longer than normal due to the lockdown. Hopefully these big fish will be more cormorant resistant but if you do catch any that look mortally damaged please kill them and give them to staff rather than returning them to enrich the lake.

It was ropes off day in Gateside and it was good to see the bay heavily stocked with anglers.

Snakes seem to be very effective with this stamp of fish – fished with a fast retrieve. Catches recorded recently of 40 plus per boat.

Stu Bamforth got his first 20 on a fly fishing a bulkhead south of Dog Isle. Well done Stu.

Colin Riach was out again with his camera. think there is a week to go before prime autumnal colours – depending on the weather. Some great shots again Colin – particularly like the rainbow!!! The best sunsets are guaranteed for early to mid November when the sun sets behind Inchmahome.

Gateside Bay Ropes off Date

Water Temperature 12C at 6ft Sechi Disk 2.2m

We have set the date for removing the exclusion rope and pushing the pens ashore at Gateside. This will allow you lot more shelter from the autumnal winds and and a chance at the big residents that lurk in the vicinity. It is Tuesday 20th October Midday ish. The lake has fished well at times this week with one individual fishing for Pentland AC catching 20 (Andy Anderson). Others have done well today pulling lures or snakes on di3 lines from Lochend to Reedy Point on the east shore out of the strong easterly wind. The two best boats that we spoke to today had 20 and 15 to the boat and with an average weight of around 3lbs these days -that is some catch. We stocked 700 this week of fish in the 3-5lb weight range…Paul Barr was out today so some photos on facebook later hopefully.

Lake Blog 6/10/20 and a very big Cherry Table

Secchi Disk 2.1  6ft Water Temperature 13C

Well the weather is remaining reasonable and and catches at the lake are pleasingly on the big side. The size of the fish is due to the fact that many of these fish are being stocked considerably later than planned as a result of our closure in April and May, in addition they have had more room to grow. The fish that we would normally have been stocked in the last month of the main season will be kept as the first fish to stock with in 2021. We are in the process of moving these fish to their winter quarters and then we have some major pond relining operations to carry out before we take delivery of the remaining small bows for ongrowing for next year.

Today was a dry fly day  and we have had good reports from all airts and pairts of the Lake. e.g. Lochend, Hotel Bay, Gateside and the Malling Shore. In hotel bay a sink tip or floater and booby and crunchers produced good numbers. In the previous few days the bung and bug (3ft down at Stable Point and Gateside) was very effective. In the Police National last week the 36 rods netted 179 fish – not bad going considering the big average weight of the fish. Congratulations to Ronnie Turnbull the new Police Natiuonal Champ. We will declare the rope off day in Gateside in the next few days….

Please remember that Sundays these days and from now are a 9 till 10 start with gates open 8am ish and all boats in by 5.30pm.

The winter and 2021

As most folks will be aware we will remain open with a reduced number of boats all winter including weekends but excluding the Christmas and New year break.  For this period and for the new season we are moving to a new booking system powered by ibookfishing. Not only will this hopefully help to reduce our financial deficit and be a good testing ground for the new booking system, but winter fishing definitely helps to keep the cormorants off. As we are starting from scratch (ie no bookings in the system) we are planning to have a one stop booking portal where boats are reserved and paid for in a single form. Clubs will be able to pay a deposit but we are still cogitating about how best to do this. The winter booking portal will be open soon (hopefully by the end of next week) and will apply to all boat bookings from 16th Nov going forward. Please feel free to email your club booking requests for 2021 to We will reply to all bookings in November/early Dec once we have the main competitions and club outings in place. Individual day boats can be booked from the start of 2021 online.


We had the finest picnic table I have ever seen delivered to the Lake at the weekend. It is a memorial for Geordie Broon. An amazing tribute. Very big thanks to all. More photos below from Colin Riach. Love the splash.

New Official Sunday Hours and some nice Pics. Current Stocking average fish weight 3lb +

Water temperature has been declining steadily and is now 13C at 6ft. Clarity is 2.2m. for the last two weeks we have been stocking with 800 fish per week of average weight 3lbs plus. Today 400 went in with an estimated average weight of 3.25lbs.

FLIES and LINES. Dries/Pulling lures.

THE NEW SUNDAY HOURS START FROM THIS SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER. Gates open 8.15, Boats out 9 till 10am and in for 5.30pm. Sundays have been slow to fill in recent years and the angler’s opinion was that you lost the whole day and evening and missed the best part of the day. We will be sorry to miss out on our early morning lying-in but the customer comes first :).

BEST AREAS as usual are hard to pin down. Recently Hotel Bay and International Bay have produced a lot of fish but today I heard the top end at Stable Point and Malling were  good and the fish can be found in shallow water.

Recent flat calms and bright sunshine have made conditions difficult and some folk found it quite hard going. Others though, had some tremendous sport.  Bill Ramage and Alan Bernard netted over 20 to the boat yesterday.  Others managed good catches on dries. Colin Riach and Jimmy Miller had 12 to the boat and some fine photos…….

Below Colin’s Hackled shipman

Colins Big Terrestrial

Jimmy Millar playing a trout

On Sunday the Cormorants had their annual Shield Competition which was won by David Cruickshank (below) with 13 fish.

In second place was Evan Kerr with 7 trout.Evan Kerr picked up the Tam Denholm Memorial chase cup for coming 2nd (the chase event wasnt fished due to COVID).

Ron Orr is pictured below with bended knee receiving some big draming glasses from Alisdair Mair – An award for long service helping Alisdair administer the Cormorant Young persons evenings. The prize for best newcomer went to Euan Beaton who received a prize of fly tying gear courtesy of Dale and Sarah Robertson. Sandy Forgan with a guid yin from his last visit.

We were sorry to hear of the recent passing of Lake Regular Harry (Henry) Miller who visited the fishery for as long as the staff can remember. We send our condolences to his friends and family.


Lakeward 22/09/20

22/9/20 Temperature 14.5C  Clarity 3.1

Some lovely trout in the catches these days and the lake is fishing well. Today there are reports of good catches from all over the fishery. Peter Edge and George Cashmore were in early with 20 on buzzer tips and cat boobies at Lochend. John Slaven was also off before the rain and had 13 on a floater and mainly a blob in the gap. I daresay there will be bigger catch reports still to come in……It was a big wave today so no surprise that thefish were on lures. In the calmer weather at the weekend Brian MacKenzie netted 27 on dries.

Landward’s Nick Nairn and Dougie Vipond were at the Lake the other day and I was on the tiller of the camera crew boat. In my defence they found themselves in a wind eddy.  If you want to know how to cook a trout Nairn style -tune in on Thursday 15th October BBC Scotland  8.00pm,  Friday  16th Oct BBC 1  7.30 pm and Sunday 18th Oct 9.30am BBC2.

Below: Iain MacGregor from Stirling with a proper  pike of 20lb 1oztaken on 8lb leader and a size 12 hook. Further down a cracking blue caught by Andrew Menmuir, Derek Barclay with a plump blue and Barry tyndall with another less blue bow.




15th September 2020 Blog and Fly Pike Master Class

Secchi disk 2.1m: Temp at 6ft 15.5C

The Lake has been fishing well in between the gusts – thankfully we appear to be entering a more settled phase of weather.

Reported catches have been good – with one long time regular – Donnie MacBeth, reporting his best ever catch at the Lake this Sunday (13th Sept). The main action has been on floating lines or sink tip with a variety of styles. Washing line, pulling snakes and dries have all produced good bags. Todhole, The Butts, International Bay, Shear Point and Reedy Point have been the top areas. Colin Riach and Jimmy Millar were out on Monday and had a very good day on dries ……Colin was using a crippled midge and a clinkhammer to very good effect (all the takes were on the former – see  pic below).

The staff all had a wee masterclass from Pike Fly Fishing Guide Stuart Sutherland (with Loop Hat). Stuart gave out some priceless casting tips and general advice for fly fishing for pike and some of his favourite Lake spots. Stuart has arranged for some top quality pike hire equipment to be available at the Lake – courtesy of LOOP tackle. We were fishing the Loop Q rods 9ft (9wt or 10wt) with intermediate lines. Come to the Lake and try before you buy…… Stuart can be contacted for his guiding service via FishX on facebook or by contacting the fishery.

Lake Blog 8/9/20

  1. The Autumnal colours are starting to appear at the Lake  but the weather has been good and mild. Best areas have been Tod hole, Gateside, Malling, Around the islands and the Road Shore. Great catches are not generally easy to come by but Campbell morgan took some time off from his housework to get some Practice in for the Sierra Pairs and managed with some help from

Alan Porteous to net around the 25. A few other boats did equally well although the Ed. Waltons and the Rotary found the going a lot tougher. On Friday in the Ladies National the 7 boats netted 45 trout and Dione Roberts finished top rod with 8 fish and Jean Ferguson was in 2nd place.


Best tactics these days are washing line on a full floater – so we are told.

Above: Angling Coach John Milne playing a 6lb cracker last week on a buzzer. A great picture and a contender for the Brochure Front Page. We have a few spare boats this Saturday and Sunday FYI.

Regulars will be aware of the sad loss of two of our angling friends on the same day last week.

Sandy Boag was 72 and fished with Balbeggie AC.  He is pictured here in 2016 getting his photo taken for the capture of the biggest trout in the Anglian Water Heats. It was fun to be around Sandy to catch the accompanying banter exchanges.




Geordie Black fished with Luggie Bank AC and is pictured here in 2005 with a great looking resident trout.  It was always good to see Geordie and to benefit from his great zest for fish and fishing.


We will miss the visits of these two very fine guys and send our sincere condolences to their friends and families.

Gone with that north wind 1/9/20.

Water temperature 15.5C , Clarity 2.1.  Last stocked 1/9/20 422 fish; Previously stocked 26/8 450 fish.

Well that is a big seasonal marker when the swallows leave – kinda expect these developments at my age – especially when the north wind is blowing at the end of August. The Lake is fishing all over on dries at the moment but also the lures are working, Di 7 in Gateside Bay, but perhaps glass lines else where. Peter Lee and Bill Greer had 18 to the boat on Monday 31st Aug (16 on yellow owl and hare’s ear shuttlecock).

25th August Blog – Sundays are Changing from October

Water Temperature 17C at 6ft Clarity 2.2m

By popular request we are moving the start time officially forward from October on Sunday to a start time of 9 till 10am (previously was 12 noon but this was relaxed during Covid) and all boats in by 5.30pm.  Some anglers have felt that they miss the best of the day on the Sunday whilst others  complain about how late back they are. We also encountered shortened days in October so this move will give us more light.

Best bags in the last few days have been in the Tod Hole area twiddling diawls and nymphs often with a booby or fab or blob. Dry flies have also been working and produced some top bags recently in the Gap and the Rookery. The colder air temp should help to further improve the surface action. Alternatively some good fish have been caught in Gateside bay by pulling big flies with fast sinkers.

Craig Cowan netted and returned this brownie on Sunday.

Temperature falling gradually at the Lake – Currently 19C at 6ft – 19/8/20

STOP PRESS –  Most of the best catches today were on blobs pulled or static – or lures on slow glass lines in the east basin.

The Temperature at 6ft reached 20C on Friday 14th which hopefully represents a peak for the year (there is some wind on the way). Temperature dropped down to 18C but today was up a little to 19C with a clarity in Gateside Bay of 2m. Colin Riach sent these photos of his recent trip when the water was warm and he as always did reasonably well on dries. His track is shown in the picture below and shows where he was getting results. He was of the opinion that the fish were feeding on phantom midge larvae.  There are some well known schools of surface fish swimming around in the eastern basin which will not look at anything I am told – although they are nice to watch…..Advice I heard from yesterday was not to waste time on these fish but to stay out in the open water on dries where there were some very high catches taken. With the east wind prevailing the clarity in the western drifts has not been as good.

















The evening fishing is now over for the year. We are aware that the web cam is not showing online and will try to fix it as soon as possible. Also internet related – we plan to keep the current booking system until the end of this season.