Lake of Menteith 18th March 2019 Opening Blawg

The Lake was opened by Topher Nairn (left) from Lochend – despite the snow lying thick around the country (but it wasn’t too bad at the port). The opening was assisted with some fine tunes for such a cold day, from Piper Stewart Marshall of Cambusbarron. Being only 50ft above sea level, and sheltered from many directions gives the lake its own microclimate – but the combination of sleet, snow wind and rain had many seeking the pleasures of the howff and wood burning stove within hours of going out. In the afternoon the wind dropped and nothing fell out of the sky, and some pleasant fishing was enjoyed.  

The anglers who braved the weather were rewarded with some good catches with overwintered fish over 5lbs being landed. Successful tactics ranged from snakes and boobies fished on sinking lines right up to dry flies in the more sheltered areas. The wind in the morning came from east/north- east and swung all the way round through north to finish a westerly by the end of the afternoon.

The Jimmy Nairn Memorial for the most beautiful fish caught on Opening day

The most beautiful fish was a “no brainer” for the panel of three judges and was caught by Alan Steven from Bo’ness, pictured with the fish and holding the trophies. Alan gets to keep the bowl, carved by Jimmy’s son in law – Chris Carroll.


All the beautiful fish contenders can be seen at the Lake of Menteith below. The best boats on the day had over 20 fish, with good areas being Tod Hole to Lochend, Malling, Sandy Bay and also over open water from Arnmach toward Lochend.

Opening Day This Saturday – 16th March 2019

Lake of Menteith 12th March 2019

One of the windiest weeks of the winter so far and yet the met office has Saturday as quite fishable. Let’s hope the systems aren’t delayed coming in off the Atlantic.

Water Temperature 5.5C Clarity 2.6m

We have put in 1022 rainbows (1.5 to 3.5lbs) and browns (mainly 3/4lb but a few bigger – like the one below (held by fisheries stalwart Douglas Fraser). As most of you will know the lake has fished well all winter thanks to the big end of season stocking (see fly tyer Peter Batchelor’s Feb fish). With a bit of clement weather, the fishing forecast is for quite a few overwintered fish. The Pike angling has been a bit mixed this pre-season but the strong winds have limited the possibilities. This 23lb pike was caught by Terry Eldridge of the PAC during the most recent outing. Terry also had the 2nd biggest at 18lbs.

New for 2019 are another couple of brand new Coulam Boats, the Online Booking system and a new square sausage supplier. The new battery-operated siphon tube will cut down breakdowns (and petrol consumption) due to water in the fuel.

To kick off the New Season we will have Davie Stewart’s World Championship Pies (beans if you want them) and some refreshments.

In honour of our long serving Director Jimmy Nairn, we have a new trophy for Opening day. Jimmy personally dragged this piece of bog oak out of the Lochend swamps. It is reckoned to be at least 5000 years old. Son in law Chris Carroll has made the trophy below right which will adorn the Angling Howff. Wood worker Chris also plans to donate a bowl every year (like the one below left) to the winner of this Opening day competition.

We are still mulling it over, but we reckon the winner will have caught the best fish that day. Size is not everything and the fish can be weighed in and or photographed or photographed and returned. The judge’s decision on the day is final .

Jimmy Nairn

To all of those who have been asking and are interested. We are having a memorial service for James Nairn at the Port Kirk this Fri 15th at 11:30am. (From Jimmy’s Family)

Jimmy was our Director and Neighbour and devoted much of his time to the fishery as Director and Managing Director. He interviewed both Douglas and myself. We have always been grateful for his considered opinion and enjoyed his generosity, friendship and advice. His hand on the helm will be missed. Quint

Tight Lines and a Happy New Year All

VACANCY FOR A PART TIME ACCOUNTANT at the Lake of Menteith Fisheries, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3RA.

The Fishery company is looking for a part time accountant to look after the finances of the company which is based on the shores of the Lake of Menteith, where the company grows and stocks rainbow trout and rents out their fleet of 35 fishing boats. It is envisaged that two mornings per week will be required. The main duties required will include; recording of financial transactions and banking, preparing of budgets and accounts for planning and tax purposes and staff wages. Please send your application form to The Manager at the above address.