With the end of the busy
season approaching and the quiet season just around the corner we have been
emptying out our ponds and finding more fish than we bargained for. So far this
week we have put in 775 hopefully cormorant proof biggies. These have been swimming
around in our biggest pond with plenty of space since mid summer and probably
average a shade under 4lbs but contain quite a few bigger – of 5lbs and upwards,
including some stunning brownies which are always last to be netted out of a
Still boats left to book on line for the end of busy season bonanaza BBQ KIRK AND SCHOOL FUNDRAISER.
MUSIC, SONG, FISHING, SOUP, BBQ,
REFRESHMENTS AND RAFFLE – ALL FOR £50 FOR 2 PERSONS. BOATS GO OUT AT 11AM….
Below Connor Shearer and
Cormorant Busters, Keith Collet with a nice Gateside Fish. Elaine from Angling
Active with a double Hook Up.
COMING UP TO THE BEST TIME OF YEAR FOR
The pens were pushed ashore and the ropes came off at Gateside Bay today
at 12noon and there was immediate action (watch out on facebook tonight
perhaps). 537 fish were stocked today with a further load of large fish 3 to
5lb due to be stocked later in the week.
Boats Available: There are more fish than we thought – we estimate that
there are around 1500 fish still left to be stocked this year. Many averaging
3lb plus. Plenty of boats available on-line midweek and for Sunday 27th
and for the end of season fundraiser on Sunday 3rd November.
In the bright and calm conditions at the weekend it was a little tough but
bung and buzzer tactics were successful in Gateside. In overcast conditions fish
were happy to come up.
FISHING AT THE LAKE.
In the Youth fishing scene Jake Gilchrist won the Cormorants Shield fished for in bright challenging conditions (pictured below on left) and Angus Robertson won the Cormorants Chase Cup for best rod over the summer evenings. Trophy’s presented by Cameron Smith. Holder of 5 past national youth caps. Cormorant Youth Coach Alisdair Mair thanked Dale Robertson owner of My Fishing Flies for his kind donations of fly fishing ancillaries for all competitors. Also thanked were Boatmen/coaches Kenny Whitehead and Scot Limond for giving of their weekend time. The Cormorants Youth fishing club Resumes first Tuesday evening in. May 2020 and every Tuesday till mid August A. Mair if you intend attending. Concession price at the Lake for the boats and fishing is £7 per evening. Coaching is conducted by qualified UKCC licensed coaches and some Qualified Instructors and is provided on a voluntary rota basis. The coaching offers various programs and also a more elite approach for those who would like to aspire to fishing at junior National and International level who in the course of events receive a Scottish cap if successful. The success rate in that field of Past Cormorants is quite impressive, looks great on a CV and indeed many lads have followed on at University in either environmental or sciences based positions or indeed working in the fishing industry throughout Scotland .
18 AND UNDERS FISH FREE WITH AN OLDER PERSON AT THE LAKE
Water Temp at 6ft 11C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.2m
With only a few weeks remaining of the main season, we have a better
idea of number of fish left to be stocked – although it always remains guess
work until they are counted out of the holding pens and ponds. For the last three weeks of October we will
stock around 800 to 900 fish per week and in this number is included an
estimated 500 fish (plus) of average weight 3-5lbs. The end of season and overwintering should
be good when the weather is mild.
SUNDAY HOURS TILL THE END OF THE SEASON ARE 11am till 6 (OR Dusk).
Prices are reduced pro rata according to hours available.
There are still boats available for the Kirk and School Fundraiser on Sunday 3rd of November. Fishing
will be 11am till 3 or 4 with grub and refreshments for 2 – all for £50. Book
your boat on line.
The Lake is opening a week later than last year in 2020 – on 21st March. We are pencilling in all the club bookings for a week later where feasible. Hope this works for you. When we get your booking request we will attempt to make everyone happy. See last weeks blog for more advice.
Plenty of fish in the catches this week. Gateside, Malling, Todhole, Butts and Shearpoint have been producing good catches. Buzzers and Bung have been working well!! These pictures from Colin Riach on October 5th.
Water Temp at 6ft 13C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.5m
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2019 Keith Renton
Keith Renton of Newton St.Boswells AC is the twenty third and 2019 Scottish Club Champion of Champions. Joiner and Builder Keith was fishing against all the other best placed anglers in the Scottish Club Championship Heats, and netted over 20 fish, mostly from the Heronry. Keith was fishing a midge tip with cormorants and a fab type. One factor which helped him and boat partner Archie McGilp catch so many fish – they were easily the best boat (catching 32 in total), was the fact that they had the whole bay to themselves for the most part. In second place was Scott Aitken of Tartan Tyers with 13 and in third place was Neil Barrett of Gateside AC with 11.
Reminders October Fishing
two last Sundays of October 20th and 27th and 3rd
Nov, start at 11am and finish at 6pm or dusk with pro rate cost depending on
the hours available. Remember the Kirk and School Fundraiser on Sunday 3rd
Nov (book online). The Kirk and School day is a charity day and all the
proceeds are currently split between Kirk and School. The cost of the ticket is
£50 for catch and release. This includes a free quality post-fish BBQ with soup
etc, and some singing and music from the kids and a raffle – as well as ad lib
will as usual keep boats available midweek all winter. We need some time
off, so weekends are not open to the general public. We do intend to make some
weekend fishing available to a few known and competent anglers who wish to have
regular weekend access on the Lake during the winter. The fishing will be more
or less self-service with no staff in attendance or break down cover. If you
are interested please email the fishery at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to
PLAN FOR 2020
at the Lake in the year 2020 sounds kind of like science fiction but it needn’t
be – if you follow our plans below.
(2 boats or more on an outing). Drop us an email (email@example.com)
as soon as possible and we will confirm hopefully by the end of November. If
you are a club but don’t choose your dates till later, we will allocate a similar day and number of
boats as you had this year, and these boats will be reserved until we hear from
you and confirm or until around mid Feb when we will release these boats (unless
we hear from you) .
Individuals. All individual day booking will be done
on-line. If you are an individual wishing to book fifteen boats or more for
next season , email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
when the majority of clubs and competitions are confirmed – we will issue you
with a pin number which will allow advanced private access to the website from
mid December. For individuals wishing to book single boats (less than 15), this
can be done online from early January when the website will be accessible to all. Let us know your thoughts…
As usual any problems will be dealt with by telephoning
the fishery 01877 385664.
L to R: Engineer
Brian MacKenzie, Phlebotomist James Litster and Angling Shop Retailer Tam
landed 46 fish, 4 more fish than their nearest rivals Rothes Oak (Gary
Ormiston, Paul Cushnie and Willie Simpson) in 2nd place. In third place
with 36 fish was Alba Orvis A (Gregor Fleming, Calum Crosbie and Steven Welsh).
Top rod in the competition was James Litster (21 fish) and 2nd top
rod was Willie Simpson of Rothes Oak with 19. James felt the fish were high in
the water so persevered with the floating line (two diawls and a booby on the
tail or suspender buzzer). He got most of the fish on the diawl bachs. James is
Youth director of SANACC and is currently temporary Youth Team manager whilst
the position lies vacant. This was his third win with Neilston B (he had a 4th
win with Grizzlecats). Each time Neilston B have won the Championship James has
been top rod in his evening heat and in the semifinal…….The 60 anglers weighed
in 117 fish for 283lbs and returned a further 406 fish giving a total catch
weight of 523 fish for 1256lbs. Rod average 8.7 fish for 21lbs.
to the match Championship Secretary Dennis Splaine announced his attention to
step down after 4 years in charge due to work commitments. Dennis has been a
steady hand at the helm. We now have another position vacant and the potential
for some changes.
up is the Champion of Champions final on 4th October where the top rods from
the heats will commence battle for the coveted title.
are in our last month of the main season and we have plenty of fish available and
there are some belters – to make the end of season another good one. We will be
announcing a date for opening up Gateside Bay shortly. The two last Sundays of October
20th and 27th start at 11am and finish at dusk with prorate
cost depending on the hours available. Remember the Kirk and School Fundraiser
on Sunday 3rd Nov (book online). More details on this shortly.
will as usual keep boats available midweek all winter. We need some time off,
so weekends are not open to the general public. We do intend to make some
weekend fishing available to two or three competent anglers who wish to have
regular weekends on the Lake during the winter. The fishing will be more or
less self-service with no staff in attendance or break down cover. If you are
interested please email the fishery at email@example.com
for further details or to apply.
Water temp at 6ft 15c Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m
The weekend began with another very bright and warm day, the tactics were very similar to those of the day before. The weather on Sunday was completely different, it was overcast and wet. There were good bags of fish caught throughout the day particularly from Sam’s point, the Rookery and Lochend. 800 fish were stocked yesterday.
This last week has been busy at the lake, we had the pleasure of hosting the Senior 2019 Autumn International. The 4 teams spent 4 days practicing on the water with large numbers of fish being caught on a variety of methods, including dries.
As is often the case, the weather changed for match day with early mist soon clearing to clear skies with warm sunshine. The day was mostly flat calm as well with only brief spells of light wind. The 4 teams set out full of confidence and there was an even spread of boats all over the water.
As the day progressed it was clear that the weather was generally making the conditions more tricky, certainly for fishing dries. The best success seemed to come from fishing midge tip lines with a Booby or Fab on the point and Diawl Bachs or Cormorants on the droppers. When the boats came in at 6pm the rumours were that Team Ireland had done very well.
This was borne out at the weigh-in with the Irish team landing a total of 109 fish for a total weight of 251lbs 2.8ozs. (Three fish weighed and returned fish awarded 2lbs). This was great performance for the team and their first win away from Ireland for 22 years.
2nd place went to Team Wales who landed 104 fish for 242lbs 14.1ozs. 3rd place went to Team Scotland who had 94 fish for 229lbs 1.1ozs. 4th place and the dreaded wooden spoon went to Team England with 92 fish for a total of 221lbs 9.5ozs.
The Brown Bowl for best bag went to Arden Pollock from Team Ireland. He produced an excellent performance to land 15 fish for a total of 32lbs 7ozs. Arden caught all of his fish on a midge tip line with a cut-throat cat booby, cormorants and diawl bachs, mainly at Malling and Gateside.
Derek Hessett was top Scottish rod with 14 fish for a total of 31lbs 11.5ozs. Mike Williams of Team Wales also had 14 fish for a total of 28lbs 7.3ozs. Best English rod was Tony Baldwin with 10 fish for 21lbs 15.4 ozs. Heaviest fish was a rainbow of 4lbs 9.4ozs and was landed by Neill Barrett of Scotland.
399 fish were landed for a total weight of 944lbs 11.5 ozs, giving a rod average of 7.1.
The presentation dinner was held after the match at The Buchanan Arms Hotel in Drymen. It was good to see our old friend Brian Peterson at the dinner.
Thanks to all of the organisers, boatmen and most of all the competitors for making this a great event. With the friendships that were made, everyone came away a winner.
Water Temp at 6ft
15C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2m by Connor Shearer
weather this last week has been rather variable, we have had high winds and
heavy rain to very low wind and bright sunshine (typical Scottish weather).
There have still been good reports of catches particularly on the dry fly
around Gateside bay, Malling shore and Todd Hole. The water level is now
beginning to drop back to a normal height after a few dry days over the
the pleasure of hosting the Ladies National championship on Friday the 6th.
The ladies fished well throughout the day, but the overall winner was Jean
Ferguson with 11 fish, she won both heats making her the National and Overall
Ladies Champion for 2019.
fish for this week were stocked on Monday 9th (800). Anglers and Boatmen in
this year’s National Final at the Lake be aware of the risk of congestion at
the Trossach’s motorway turnoff as the park and ride for the Solheim Cup at
Gleneagles is also located just off this turnoff.
resident ospreys now seem to have left the lake to head to their wintering
grounds somewhere in Africa in the search of warmer weather. So, if you see one
it is most likely just a passing also on its way to wintering grounds.
northern winds at the weekend blew down quite a few heather/Bibio flies.
Fisherman Fraser Renwick took this photo of this odd flat rainbow when he was
out last week.
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.
Water Temp at 6ft
16C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.3m
temperature at 6ft has dropped considerably in the last couple of weeks and the
fish are spreading back out from the Inchmahome/Gateside Deeps. Best areas
recently noted have been Gateside Bay, Malling shore and Lochend. The optimal
tactic that I know of is a sink tip washing line type set up.
Douglas Fraser snapped this eager angler on Sunday. We keep a careful record of cormorant numbers during the year. We were blessedly absent of cormorants from April till August. In the first week of August, 2 were counted. We now have 3 in residence this week.
the competition scene; congratulationsw to Fly Box A, Tartan Tyers A,
Lintrathen B, Neilston FF A, Lintrathen A, RAF Fish Hawks, Balfron
Piscatorials, Grimm Anglers, Alba Orvis A and Soldier Plamers in Qualifying for
the Scottish Club Championship Final on the 27th September and good
luck to the second semi contenders this Friday. The catch last Friday of 600
fish by the 60 anglers was a bit of an eye opener – especially with the mean
weight being 2lbs 12.3oz and an individual catch of 25 trout from Scott Aitken.
For information we have reserved Thursday 26th September as a
practice day and qualifying clubs can phone/text the fishery and reserve 1 ½ boats
on this day and also apply to be put on the waiting list for any free boats.
Any unbooked club final boats will be come available for public booking on the
regards to the National Championship, there are 5 days left to book a practice
space and put your name down for any left over boats on the two days prior (12th
and 13th Sept) to the National Final at the Lake. After the 25th
August we will make any unused boats generally available.
2019 Menteith boat
league Facts and Figures and Sponsorship.
Bill Ramage was winner of the 18th
Boat League. There were 28 anglers fishing this year’s boat league and they
caught a total of 1546 fish over the 14 weeks; averaging 5.27 fish per rod per
night – up on last year’s 4.1 fish per rod. There was £700 of prize money
allocated and £142 for charity on the final night.
TOTAL SPONSORSHIP INCLUDING
HEAT PRIZES AND FINAL AWARDS WAS £2252.
The Lake sponsored the
Competition to the tune of £652. The anglers donated £520 in registration fees.
Successful competition Angler Michael Low sponsored the competition with 720
flies of his flies worth £1080. We look forward to next years event and we ask
anglers who competed to contact the fishery by email with ideas for
improvements for next year. We will then put the best ideas to a secret ballot.