Angling Reports/News

Competition Scene Flicks Off but the big fly caught pike is the double take.


The Lake is fishing its socks off just now – for tout …and pike. You might need one of these. Reports of trout rising in the lake “as not seen before”. Sandy Bay Tod hole and Reedy point have all been reported as bubbling. Today the road shore is also fishing well with size 14 buzzers. Gus Armour (pictured with cup with the rest of the team) is the new 2019 Disabled Angling Champion. He landed 33 fish, straight lining buzzer in the Rookery/Reedy point Drifts. Also qualifying were G.Armour, W.Brash, A.Hunter,S.Caven,G.Steele, J.Prentice, R.Haining, D.Bradshaw and Andy smith.25 anglers caught 151 trout.

Cormorants youth fishing starts tonight. New members welcome. Telephone coach Alisdair Mair 07860368472 or the fishery 01877 385664

Report by PB. In the first heat of the 2019 Scottish Club Championship (sponsored by The Lake of Menteith, Keir Hardie Joinery, Fly Tying Scotland, Glencairn Crystal & Hope Embroidery), 12 teams embarked on an evening with a light, if somewhat cool breeze from the north/north east. The fish were still feeding just under the surface with most anglers opting for slowly fished patterns such as buzzers and diawl bachs. 1st placed team on the night was Tartan Tyers A pictured below), comprising Allan Mclachlan, Andrew Mcadam and Scott Aitken. They landed a total of 26 fish for a total weight of 52lbs 13.4ozs. 2nd placed team, East Kilbride AC ‘A’ had the same amount of fish as the winning team but their weight was 51lbs 15.8ozs. Their team was made up of Steven Stephen Japp, Jim Mckinlay and William Winning. 3rd place went to Black Loch AC ‘A’ with 20 fish for 39lbs 8ozs. Their team comprised David Ezzi, Jim Jack and Tam Ramsay. The top three teams qualify for the semi-finals. Top rod on the night was Allan Mclachlan with 14 fish for a total of 27lbs, 8.6ozs. Allan fished at Tod Hole with a floater and diawl bachs. The winning team, top rod and captor of the heaviest fish were all presented with a bottle of Famous Angler whisky. The 36 anglers landed 167 fish for a total of 340lbs 2.4ozs giving a rod average of 4.6.

29/4 Evening fishing …..?

Water Temp at 6ft 13.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m

EVENING FISHING COMMENCES WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY. Boats out at 6pm but there are usually boats on the shore earlier so if you manage to get along earlier we can usually let you out earlier. The other good thing about the evening fishing is that it is the only way to get a boat – due to us being fully booked during the day form now until Sunday. Stop Press one now available for tomoz.

MENTEITH BOAT LEAGUE COMMENCES WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY.  If you fancy taking part in the boat league why not have a trial night on the Evening of May 1st. Turn up, pay your fishing fees (£14) choose a ball and get a boat partner allocated at random. The rules are simply the Lake rules, all fish are returned unless you have mouths to feed (in which case pay a little more). You must record the time of the first fish caught (to separate anglers that catch the same number of fishcaught). If you have a nice evening’s fishing, come along next week and pay the £20 entry fee. More info at https://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk/menteith-boat-league-2019/

The washing line remains the most popular method at the moment at the Lake. Hot spots are Hotel Bay, International Bay, Reedy Point, the Plantation and Tod hole. Some big olives visible and if we get some warmth and overcast skies the dry fly should also work. Above Jane Wright who will be fishing in the Menteith Scottish Select Team against England in July with a nice 5lb fish caught on her outing with Kelvinside AC on Saturday 27th April. They had 3 boats and weighed in 20 fish for 43lbs with another 20 returned. St. Peters took 35 fish for 73lbs and retuned another 13 with 6 boats. Wellington AC netted 23 with 4 boats, East Kilbride killed 33 for 71lbs and returned another 88 with 10 boats.

Good weather for the washing Line.

Lake of Menteith 24th April 2019

National Championships

The second heat of the Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship 2019, Sponsored by Ridgeline UK, 7plus7 Construction & R & E Hygiene was held on the lake on 23/4/19 in cooler overcast conditions and a south easterly. The top area appeared to be International bay and Hotel Bay to Reedy Point, with good catches also occurring in Sandy Bay. The 59 anglers caught 390 fish giving a rod average of 6.6. Top bag on the day was George Gall of Roscobie Loch DA with 13 fish and his first 3 weighing 7lbs 15.9oz. George (pictured on right) was fishing in International Bay and Hotel Bay with a washing line with buzzers held up by a fab – most of his fish took the fab. In 2nd place was Kinross AC’s Connor Campbell (in middle) also with 13 fish fishing in similar areas with similar tactics but his first 3 weighed 5lbs 7oz. Third placed was William Davidson of Black Bull FFC who was also fishing with similar tactics, but his fish all took the buzzers! The cut off weight for qualification was 13lbs.

Traffic Disruption

A lot of road disruption with the A873 closed between Blairdrummond and Thornhill this week between 8am and 6pm. On Sunday the Stirling Marathon is closing a lot of local roads and probably best to consult their closure map at https://www.greatrun.org/great-stirling-run/event-info to get a route to suit.

Menteith Boat League

Evening Fishing Commences on 1st May as does our Friendly Boat League. If you are interested in joining the boat league this season let the fishery know (07752 128489 or 07710 433464) and turn up and see if it is for you. Kick off is at 6pm next Wednesday 1st May with randomised boat partners. More info at https://www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk/menteith-boat-league-2019/

ROAD CLOSURE 23/4/19

WEE REMINDER TO YOU ALL ABOUT ROAD CLOSURES COMMENCING TOMORROW 23/4 BETWEEN THORNHILL AND THE PORT – FOR ONE WEEK. YOU EITHER NEED TO COME VIA CALLANDER OR THROUGH ARNPRIOR.

HOTTEST EVER EASTER MONDAY BLUE BIRD DAY. MIND YOUR SUN CREAM.

Twiddlingly good retrieve.

Lake of Menteith 16th April 2019

Water Temperature at 6ft 9C;  Secchi disk Clarity 2.5m

The first heat of the Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship 2019, Sponsored by Ridgeline UK, 7plus7 Construction & R & E Hygiene was held on the lake today. Thankfully the strong easterly wind experienced on Monday abated slightly but the day was still on the cool side with light persistent rain for most of the session. Most of the boats headed for shallow water drifts in the Eastern Basin with some also heading to Sandy Bay and Malling.

Buzzers were hatching through the day and the birds were busy feeding on them above water with the trout doing likewise sub-surface.

The winner of the heat was Kevin McCabe of Change FFC. He managed to land 23 fish for a total weight of 45lbs 3.7ozs. (First three fish killed and weighed with 2lbs awarded for each fish returned thereafter). Kevin was fishing a floating line and buzzers around Shear Point. Kevin also won the corresponding heat last year with 39 fish and will be captaining the Scotland team at the Spring International at Grafham Water next month. Here’s hoping that his form continues!

2nd place went to Neill Barrett of Gilmerton FFC with 14 fish for 30lbs, 5.6ozs. Neill got his fish between the ferry pier and the shallow marker buoys on a floating line with a fab and cormorants.

3rd place went to Wayne Cram of West Lothian Fly Dressers AC. Wayne landed 13 fish for a total of 27lbs, 13.7ozs. Wayne fished Hotel Bay using a Buzzer Tip Boobies and diawl bachs.

The top 23 anglers qualified for the semi-finals with the cut off weight being 14lbs, 7.8 ozs. The 46 anglers landed a total of 352 fish for a total of 734lbs 1.3 ozs, giving a rod average of 7.65. PB

Below Kevin McCabe on right “twiddling to victory”.

On Sunday the Scottish team were out practising and had 128 fish from their 8 boats. On Saturday, Falkirk FD killed 28 for 64lbs and returned a further 21 with 5 boats, IBM netted 50 with their 6 boats.

“Follow the Birds”

Lake of Menteith 2nd April 2019
Water Temperature at 6ft 8C; Secchi disk Clarity 2.4m
Fishing has been very good during theis last week with many boats catching and returning a lot of fish. Fly Tyer Peter Batchelor was out with his mate Gary Hamilton on Monday in dreich conditions (but not two drops as was forecast) and had a brilliant day. I asked them for a few tips and Gary said, “we followed the house martins which were swooping over the Lake in certain areas and they led us to the fish”. They did well up behind Dog Isle on washing line tactics then moved away from the fish to Lochend and put on dries and continued catching – ending up with over 40 fish.Top areas have really been all over. Malling shore to Reedy Point, up to the Gap and down to the Butts. Below Peter Batchelor left and Gary Hamilton (right).
The Defibrillator training morning held recently was well attended and our thanks to Trossachs Search and Rescue for their expert advice on defibs and first aid and also to Scottish Police Recreation for the fundraising and to all who contributed. Fishery employee Connor Shearer demonstrates his technique.

The Lake Report 25th March

Lake of Menteith 25th March 2019

Water Temperature at 6ft 7.5C;  Secchi disk Clarity 2.7m

Some very nice rainbows at the Lake recently including this belter taken from the Gap (Photo Douglas Fraser).

Some good catches on Saturday with Sunday being cancelled due to the high winds.

Heriots were out on Saturday 23rd and landed 63 fish with their 5 boats. The best boat had 20 of these and second placed boat had 16. Colin Riach’s detailed report speaks of a good head of fish out from Kate’s Brae and at Reedy Point. Thanks to Colin for this photo of a netted bow and for the info. It seems the best tactics were sinking lines and weighted flies. Grizzlecats returned 108 fish with 6 boats – also on Saturday.  QG

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 .