Fishes Up, Fishes Down?

Lake of Menteith 27th August 2019
Water Temp at 6ft 15.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m

The temperature of the Lake climbed to around 19C at 6ft by the end of the day on Sunday which made fishing over the weekend and on Monday hard. This was in stark contrast to before the mini heat wave arrived on Friday 23rd when we had another new record catch at the Lake. 641 fish were caught by the 60 anglers taking part in the second semi final of the Scottish Club Championships (41 more than the previous semi). With an average weight of over 2lbs 12 oz, the total catch weighed 1733lbs. Top rod was James Litster of Glasgow Angling Centre with 31 fish on dries mainly in the Gap. His Neilston FF B team mates Brian MacKenzie and Tam Burnett did very well also netting 22 and 19 apiece, which created a new record team catch in the Scottish Club Championships; Neilston B with 72 trout. Owen cook of Townhill was second placed indivisual with 23 trout.


As of today Tuesday 27th, and after a chillier night, the fishing is definitely on the up again with the downturn in water temperature and a return to overcast conditions. Well known dry fly angler Jimmy Millar was well into double figures when he called it a day mid afternoon and gave me the benefit of the flies he was using. Pictured below, to quote Jimmy, on the left is a “bit of a bits” and on the right is a “crippled midge – one of Stan headley’s flies (both size 12s). The next boat to come in also had done well, again on dries – this time with size 10 grunters in the gap.