Hoping you all have a great Christmas and New Year!
The booking Portal will be open on 21/12 for online booking for those wishing to book 10 or more individual boats (apply by email for an early access code). If you are a club booking , and we havent already heard from you, we should have reserved your dates from 2019 (due to 2020 being a bit of a mess) provisionally but please get in touch before new year to ensure your club has a good choice of dates (even if they are still only provisional). If you have requested bookings but haven’t heard please email as soon as possible. It is planned to open the booking portal for all to book from 1st January.
Remember that Sundays are normal start times for next year (8.30 till 9.30am). We plan to keep the spread of opening times so will be opening at 8am with boats out 8.30-9.30am and returning for 5.30pm on all days. Depending on the covid situation we plan to have the permit shop office/shop open, otherwise it will prepayment before arrival as per last year but booking is possible without online payment.
We are closed for fishing from 19/12/20 to 3/1/21
All the best
Strangely quiet at the Lake of Menteith these days due to the travel restrictions and catch details from 2020 are scanty due to the pandemic limiting catch recording. Our most recent visitor had over 20 on the bung and bug. This being the preferred winter method these days – as well as the snake.
For anglers that like to test their skills/enjoy the big social side of angling we are pleased to confirm that we are hosting the Scottish National Championships, the Scottish Club Championships, Sierra Pairs Heat, Anglian Water Heats, Police Scottish and UK Championships, Menteith Boat League and the Scottish Open Fly Fishing Championships.
We are busy getting ready for a hopefully busy season in 2021, vaccinations permitting. The 2021 season opens on the 20th March. In the mean-time, the boats and engines are getting their required maintenance and we are catching up with all the other winter jobs. Most of are stock trout are now bedded in for the winter and they look lovely as always. The main message for our visiting anglers is that our online booking system will be open to the general public at www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk for boat booking purposes from 1st January 2021. This is reservation only and no prepayment is required. We hope to allow payment at the permit office in the new season but if covid necessitates prepayment – there will be a system in place to allow for this. If you are a club (3 boats or more on a single day) or an individual wanting to book 10 boats or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org, as these bookings can be processed before the new season portal is made available online. Please contact the fishery at this email address if you wish to enter the ballot for an opening day boat.
We are still waiting to hear from many clubs with respect to their bookings for 2021 and we are emailing these club secretaries to let them know that we have provisionally held a booking similar to their 2019 booking (we didn’t use 2020 bookings as there were so many cancellations and re-arrangements) and that this will only be held for a limited time.
We were saddened to hear of the recent loss of Sam Montgomery. Sam had fished at the Lake for many years and was well known in the angling scene. Maz has been in touch to let us know that his funeral will be tomorrow.
Sam and I shared a love of things fishy but I especially enjoyed our talks about skiing and the Alpes, another shared passion.
Connor is now loading the CLUB bookings into the data base, mainly in order of date. So you will get confirmation of March bookings a few days in advance of October bookings. So dinnae worry.
Hi All. Hope you are enjoying the last of Autumn….
BOOKING REPORT:)We intend to move over to a new booking platform for 2021 as discussed in previous posts – We plan to get it up an running for winter boat booking in December but it needs to be available online from the end of December as detailed below.
CLUB BOOKINGS: Please send your club bookings (3 or more boats) to email@example.com or by letter to Lake of Menteith Fisheries, Port of Menteith Stirling FK8 3RA – we will confirm or offer alternatives as soon as possible – out target is to confirm by the end of November. We plan to charge a 20% deposit on club bookings in advance with the balance paid online before arrival (or by cheque or other arrangement with the fishery). Any problems please contact the fishery. Refunds freely available unless we had to turn folks away because we were fully booked.
INDIVIDUAL MULTI DAY BOOKINGS; For bookings of 10 or more individual boats on different days in 2021 we plan to allow prior access to the booking portal from 21st December. A deposit of 20% will be payable. Please contact the fishery nearer the time for an early access booking password or with any problems.
GENERAL ACCESS TO ONLINE BOOKINGS FROM 1st JANUARY 2021
FISHING REPORT; DRY FLY IN NOVEMBER. Black Bits and hoppers were working well for Colin Riach this week. He had 9 fish, 7 on dries using these two patterns. Fraser Young was out yesterday the 10th Nov and his boat had most of their 10 fish (av.wt.3lb+) on dries – 9 of the fish came from the Butts although they only fished there for an hour at the start and an hour at the end. The best two man boat yesterday netted 16 fish.
NICE PB: Gareth Neilson was out with guide Stuart Sutherland of FishX and broke his pike fly PB twice in an hour with these two perfect specimens.
FISHING CANCELLED FOR SATURDAY 31st
The forecast as changed for the worse today with gusts to 52mph at 4pm and gusts to 40mph plus in the morning. We need to have the boats pulled completely out of the water well in advance of this.
Just a wee bit of heads up re the forecast for the weekend. It will be very windy. We are not cancelling the fishing in advance because forecasts can change but understand it could be too windy full stop or for some. Letus know where you stand…You are not obliged to go out and we will obviously refund if you decide against or you can hold on to your credit for another day. Conditions and forecast updates on the mornings will dictate whether we get to launch or not.
On Saturday the wind is currently forecast to start from the SE 10mph average gusting to 28 and veer round at lunch time and build to average windspeed of 21 gusting to 46mph at 5pm. This means that the beach will be sheltered at the off which is favourable, but at 5pm the beach will be quite unsheltered. We will get an update re weather on the day but if the forecast stays the same an early finish will be required.
On Sunday the current forecast is less favourable at the start re direction (ie. a south westerly leading to exposed conditions at the start) and wind speeds are brisk from the start. We will need to watch how the forecast develops.
If the boats do go out. Things to remember for these conditions are:
Lifejackets properly fastened.
Keep the boat baled, as boats full of water can be quickly swamped.
Moderate speed to the conditions and cargo position (move the man out of the bow to midships). Single angling not advised.
Remember we are open all winter (we have plenty of availability next Sunday 8th and might have availability on Saturday 7th but this is still to be confirmed and I should know by later today about Saturday 7th availability. Phone 01877 385664 for more information or to cancel.
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…
ANOTHER REMINDER THAT SUNDAYS NOW START AT THE SAME TIME AS THE OTHER DAYS I.E. GATES OPEN AT HE BACK OF 8AM. THIS IS A PERMANENT CHANGE.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.