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Linlithgow Loch Catch Report - 24/03/19

Over the last few weeks we have introduced well over one ton of rainbow trout into the loch and continue to stock weekly. These fish along with the overwintered stock from last season are mostly still in the loch. The reason for this is low angling pressure caused by the anglers’ greatest enemy which of course is wind. We have had nothing but strong winds since the season started and it has kept most of the boats tied up to the jetty. My mind goes back more than a few years to when our anglers – at least in the early part of the season – preferred to fish the bank. Bank fishers could handle the winds and also a lot of fish lay close in to the south facing North bank. The modern habit of taking the boat straight out from the boathouse and parking it for the duration is ok up to a point but to find quality feeding fish I would recommend a bit of prospecting round the margins with a single lure. My preference would be an ace of spades but we all have our favourites. This of course if the wind allows it.

Some of the catches for last week included Mr Stewart returning 13 fish on catch and release using a green cormorant. Mr Convoy kept his two fish limit for 5lbs.

Mr Mighton also kept two and returned four on catch and release. The returned fish included a beautiful brown trout of around 5lbs. Mr Mighton was fishing a black/green lure.

Scottish Fire Service had a poor day keeping only eight fish for 31lbs. This included an overwintered rainbow just under 6lbs.

Sonya Layden returned five fish and Mr Easton returned three. Mr Johnston had a good day on the bank keeping two for 5lbs and returned four on catch and release.

Willie Paton kept his five fish limit for 15lbs and Trevor Gibson and Gary Heseltine kept six for 16lbs and returned a further two. Paul Thomson had a nice brace the best of which was a 5lbs rainbow again on a black/green lure.

We only had two boats out on Saturday. Craig Cowan returned six on catch and release on damsels. He was using an intermediate line. Colin Mcglone and boat partner returned five fish on catch and release. The wind is stirring the loch up a bit but clarity is still quite good and all areas are fishable. Messrs Golding and Murphy fishing the bank both returned five fish.

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 or book on our Bookings page to ensure you are not disappointed.

Graham Laurie


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