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Linlithgow Loch Catch Report - 01/05/2021 - 07/05/2021

Once more our anglers have had some pretty foul weather to contend with. Rain and sleet along with bitter North Easterly winds meant that even the diehards wouldn’t venture out some days.

On Saturday we had some guys along from the Gilmerton Club who didn’t do too badly keeping 16 fish for 49lbs, best fish 6½lb, best flies diawl bachs and buzzers. ABC & D Club were also out and managed 20 fish for 54lbs, best fish 7½lbs on a midge tip and booby.

On Sunday, Dunfermline Railway Club kept five for 16lb on snakes. Loch regular Jim Russel only managed three fish but the best was a stonker of around 9lbs -

Balbeggie AC kept 12 for 27lbs mostly on boobies and buzzers and West Lothian Fly Dressers kept 10 for 28lbs on diawl bachs and cormorants. Mr Dowson returned three on black buzzers.

The weather kept the boats in on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday Ron Thomson kept his two fish limit for 10lbs. best fish was a perfect rainbow of 7lbs caught on a pearl lure. Ally Fyvie returned two on buzzers and Gavin Dunn had three on hoppers.

Weather improved on Thursday and Brian Taylor returned five on buzzers and Ian Dobbie had eight also on buzzers. I will say at this point that the relatively low catches are of course down to the weather as the loch is holding a very healthy stock of fish. I will also say that all the larger fish being caught are grown on over-wintered fish as our stockies are mostly in around the three-pound mark.

Friday was quiet but regular Friday angler Nigel Muckle and his buddy returned 11 fish mostly on black buzzers. Some lads from Balbeggie had an evening shift and kept 10 fish for 30lbs plus a beautiful brown of around 6lb returned.

As I write a cold brisk wind is blowing from the East – the weekend clubs will not get it easy!

We continue to stock weekly and all areas of the loch are fishable.

Boats are available for most days for full day or 4-hour sessions but to avoid disappointment please call 01506 671753 or book online in advance. Evening sessions have now commenced and anglers can fish from approximately 4:30 pm until dusk.


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