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Linlithgow Loch Catch Report - 22/09/19

I asked an angler last week how he had fared on the loch. “Rubbish” says he “I only caught six”. This is what trout fishing has come to. I well remember the days – not so long ago – when if I had arrived home with three brace of large trout I would have been a very happy angler. On other days when things didn’t go so well we accepted it and just put it down to a ‘bad day’. We certainly didn’t say ‘there’s nae fish in the water’ as we frequently hear. Nowadays we would buck up our ideas for the next visit and work harder to find the fish. Linlithgow Loch is well stocked. There are loads of fish in the water – the anglers just have to find them.

The loch was lightly fished last week but the anglers who went out didn’t do too badly. Most of the fish caught have been coming to buzzers but damsels are starting to take a fish or two as well.

Early in the week Mr Hamilton kept four fish for 11lbs plus four on catch and release. Mr McDougal also had four fish for 12lbs. Jimmy Anderson kept two for 6lb and returned two on catch and release. Gavin Dunn kept a beautiful brace of trout for 8lbs.

On Wednesday Grangemouth AC with two boats kept nine fish for 29lbs. On the same day Mr Hardy returned six on a hothead damsel. Jim Russel also had a good day returning seven fish on buzzers.

On Thursday Messrs Russel and Dobie returned 11 on brown buzzers.

Fishing on Friday was tricky but Mr Steven returned seven and Robin Smith three.

On a bright and breezy Saturday Farmers Associate AC went out and kept 15 fish for 41lbs. The guys were mostly using sinking lines and a variety of lures.

The best of the fishing is still to be found in the top half of the loch which has no water over 10” deep so from the Rickle Island eastwards a floating lines is all that is needed.

We continue to stock regularly - see our facebook page

Anglers please note that the evening sessions are now finished for this season but will resume in May next year.

We are now offering four hour sessions at £15 for catch and release and £20 for a two fish kill ticket. To book either phone the loch directly at 01506 671753, e-mail or go to our website and book on our Bookings page to ensure you are not disappointed.

Graham Laurie


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