News and Reports

Looking back on the 2012 Season


Stocking

 

Ten thousand brown trout were stocked in the 2012 fishing season averaging between 14ozs and 24ozs almost 4¾ tonnes in total weight.

 

Stockings took place on 9th March, 14th March, 18th April, 14th June and the 8th August.

 

The average weight stocked in 2012 was 1lb 0½ ozs.     

 

 

The following table shows the average catch per visit to Loch Earn over the past ten years.

 

This is information supplied by Associate Member Season Ticket holders and includes all fish caught.

 

The table alongside gives the % of returns we receive back from our Associate Member Season Ticket holders.

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR

PERCENTAGE OF

 
 

CATCH RETURNS

 
 

2003

9.3%

 
 

2004

8.4%

 
 

2005

4.9%

 
 

2006

3.9%

 
 

2007

6.7%

 
 

2008

6.4%

 
 

2009

3.7%

 
 

2010

0.6%

 
 

2011

7.2%

 
 

2012

5.6%

 
 

 

YEAR

AVERAGE NUMBER

 
 

OF FISH PER VISIT

 
 

2003

3.0

 
 

 2004

3.2

 
 

2005

4.8

 
 

2006

5.7

 
 

2007

8.5

 
 

2008

7.5

 
 

2009

9.0

 
 

2010

11.2

 
 

2011

6.8

 
 

2012

4.5

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catch Returns Fishing Season 2012

 

Catch returns this year were back a bit at 5.6% compared to 7.2% in 2011. We still need more.   

 

Please remember when sending in your returns to include your name and address on the form, just in case you are a winner!!

 

Speaking of winners, this years recipient of the 10yr old Glenturret Malt Whisky goes to Paul Elliot of Grangemouth. He was first out of the hat for this years prize draw. Congratulations Paul.

 

As Season Ticket holders you averaged just over 17 days fishing this season which means you have saved £39. Down on last year but still excellent value in these difficult times.

 

 

Please try to spend a few minutes after each trip and log in what you have taken and also returned.

 

The format of the return form now allows you to enter the number and weight of each species of fish killed and also to enter the number, species and approximate weight of fish returned, as well as what they were taken on.  This will give us more meaningful data as quite a number of anglers return all their fish, whilst others keep one or two and return the remainder and some will take their limit and return none.

 

The information you supply is important, so please as many returns back before 31st October 2013 and you will be entered into our prize draw.

 

This years information represented 188 days fishing effort where a total of 853 fish were landed giving an average catch per visit of 4.5 fish  compared to 6.8 fish in 2011, 11.2 fish in 2010, 9.0 fish in 2009, 7.5 fish in 2008, 8.5 fish for 2007, 5.7fish for 2006, 4.8 fish for 2005, 3.2 fish in 2004 and 3.0 fish for 2003.

 

By species, 762 brown trout,  73 rainbow trout and 18 char made up the total numbers taken.

 

The total weight caught was 868 lbs 1ozs giving an average of  1lb 0¼oz.

 

Breaking these numbers down further :

 

299 brownies were killed for a total weight of 355lbs 3ozs (ave wt 1lb 3ozs) and 463 were returned for a total weight of 416lbs 4ozs (ave wt 14½ozs)

 

28 rainbow trout were killed for a total weight of 55lbs (ave wt 1lb 15½ozs)

45 rainbow trout were returned for a total weight of 28lbs 2ozs (ave wt 10ozs)

 

12 char were killed for a total weight of 10lb 8ozs (ave wt 14ozs)

6 char were returned for a total weight of 3lbs  (ave 8 ozs)

 

Total fish killed was 339 ( 40% of total ) and fish returned 514 ( 60% of total )

 

Another interesting statistic for this past season is the percentage catch per species with brown trout 89.3%, rainbow trout 8.6% and char at 2.1%.

 

The lower numbers of rainbow trout in the water would appear to be as a result of the fish farm net replacement programme over the past two years.

 

 

 

Heaviest rainbow reported in season 2012 was a 8lbs 3ozs specimen taken by Associate Member Season ticket holder Jim McKenzie from Stirling  out in his own boat “ She fears no fish “ in the shallows of Ardveich Bay on the 8th August and was taken on ledgered maggot.

HEAVIEST LOCH EARN RAINBOW 2012 SEASON

 

 

 

Heaviest brown trout reported in season 2012  was a 7lbs 11ozs fish taken by Associate Member Season ticket holder Richard Zalewski from Dunfermline out in his own boat “ Sammy Troot “ on the 26th May.

Trolling a rapala about 70yds behind the boat in about 20 feet of water opposite the South Loch Earn Caravan Park Richard felt a slight resistance on his line. Thinking it might just have snagged on some weed or might be a small fish he left the retrieve for a minute only for his rod to be bent double. After a battle lasting fifteen minutes he eventually managed to net the big brown and into the boat. On unhooking Richard was amazed to find that the huge brown had actually taken a rainbow about 8ozs which had taken his rapala. You couldn’t make it up, amazing!!

After several photos Richard gently released the near 8lbs brown back into Loch Earn.

HEAVIEST LOCH EARN BROWN TROUT SEASON 2012

 

Heaviest char reported in season 2012 was a near British Rod Caught record weighing in at 8lbs 12ozs taken by Associate Member Season ticket holder Gary Sinclair from Bathgate on the 22nd April out in his own boat “ Buster” in Ardveich Bay. The huge fish took a ledgered maggot on a size 12 hook in about forty feet of water.

Unsure of what he had caught photos were taken, the fish weighed and then gently released back into Loch Earn.

It was only when he got back to shore and the photos checked out that he realized the significance of his catch.

HEAVIEST LOCH EARN CHAR SEASON 2012

The current British Rod Caught record char stands at 9lbs 8ozs and was taken by W. Fairbairn from Loch Arkaig in 1995.

  

These fish and other catches are available to view on our website www.drummondtroutfarm.co.uk

 

If you do catch a decent fish or a nice basket of fish or something unusual let us know and we will put your pictures into the gallery on our website along with details of weights, numbers, how you caught your fish and where about.

 

Angling Clubs also had their fair share of success.

 

2nd June   Wiremill Angling Club                       25 browns for 22lbs 5ozs     9 boats   

14th June  Strathclyde Police Angling Section     43 browns for 30lbs 6ozs     8 boats

16th June   St. Mungo AC                                 55 browns for 50lbs 1oz       7boats

28th June   Loch Inch AC                                  18 browns for 13lbs 8ozs     3 boats

7th July      St. Mungo AC                                 41 browns for 40lbs 12ozs   7 boats

1st Sept     St Mungo AC                                  33 browns for 26lbs 9ozs      7 boats

                                     

Total                           215 browns for 183lbs 9ozs   average 13¾ozs

 

Drummond Estate Boat Hire

 

The boat hire cabin stocks a range of fishing tackle including rods for sale/ hire, bait and daily/weekly fishing permits.  There is also a hot drinks machine.  Seasoned firewood logs and coal are available to buy for those colder days/evenings or when the midges are on the go!! 

The slipway built in 2004 has proved very popular with boat owners and provides a sheltered launching facility for both pleasure and fishing vessels.

 

 

 

 

Slipway Charges :

 

 Day Launch for Fishing Boats / small craft + light capacity outboards  :  £10

 * Day Launch for Larger craft, ski boats + high capacity outboards     :  £15

 (* must have third party insurance )

 

Personal Watercraft not permitted. (jet skis / jet bikes)

 

  Season Launch (Fishing boats / small craft + light capacity outboards)  : £130

*Season Launch ( Larger craft, ski boats + high capacity outboards )       : £165

                              (Season 15th March to 6th October  inclusive)

 

 

Season Launch (15th March to 6th October)+ Storage from 15th March 2013 until 6th October 2013 on hard standing at Drummond Fish Farm                                  : £230                                                                                                                                                               

 

Season Launch (15th March to 6th October)+ Storage from 15th March 2013 until 14th March 2014 on hard standing at Drummond Fish Farm                                     : £385 

 

Ardveich Bay Caravan Park (Certified Location)

 

A new certified location caravan park was opened at Ardveich Bay in July 2007.  

This is available to Caravan Club members only and is restricted to a maximum of five vans.  

The site is for recreational and short stay use only.

 

Charges include the use of electrical hookups and the toilet and shower facility.

DRUMMOND FISH FARM CERTIFIED LOCATION

 

Up to 2 persons        - £16 per night

Additional Adults       - £3 per night

Additional Children    - £2 per night

Boats                       - £1 per night

 

Demand for pitches during season 2012 was very strong.  This is likely to increase further this season as many more people decide to holiday at home.  A good number of bookings have already been taken for the 2013 season so the advice is to book as early as possible to secure a pitch.

 

Daily,Weekly Permits are available from the Village Shop, Post Office and Drummond Estate Boat Hire in Lochearnhead and Village Store and South Loch Earn Caravan Park in St. Fillans.

 

 

The restocking programme will start again at the beginning of March and the first two stockings will see about 4,000 browns at about 1¼ lbs put into Loch Earn.

 

Wishing you all an enjoyable and successful season in 2013.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Alex. Murray

For Loch Earn Fishings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Permit Charges 2013

 

Permit Charges for the 2013 fishing season are as follows:

 

Adult daily  : £ 10              Adult Weekly : £35

Junior daily : £ 5                Junior Weekly: £17.50p(16yrs. & under )

 

These tickets are widely available at shops, post offices, and caravan parks in St. Fillans and Lochearnhead.

 

Associate Membership Season Tickets : Adult : £130,  Junior : £45

 

These permits are only available from Loch Earn Fishings, Drummond Estate Office, Muthill, Crieff, Perthshire PH5 2AA.  Telephone 01764 681257.  A passport sized photograph is also required.  It is preferable that you send in a cheque made payable to Lochearn Fishings.  However if a cash payment is made, we may not be able to deal with this on demand and would ask that you attach the correct amount to your completed application form and hand it in to the Estate Office.  You will be given a receipt and your permit will be forwarded to you within a day or two.  This also applies to applications for launching permits.  As you can appreciate, there is a lot of paperwork involved over the season and we would be grateful for your co-operation.

 

Boat Hire Charges 2013

 

4hr hire - £27(minimum charge)

6hr hire - £32

8hr hire - £37

 

Loch Earn Moorings

 

Loch Earn Moorings for the 2013 season are available at St. Fillans in the lee of  Neish Island.

For season 2013 we are offering a 10% discount on mooring charges for any angler taking out an Associate Membership Season Ticket.

 

Mooring Charges for 2013

 

Boats fifteen feet and under in length : £247

Boats over fifteen feet in length         : £310

 

Please contact the Estate Office, Muthill, Perthshire PH5 2AA – Tel 01764 681257 or Drummond Estate Boat Hire, Lochearnhead, Stirlingshire FK19 8PZ – Tel 01567 830400 for further details.

 

Winter Boat Storage

 

A facility exists in St. Fillans for undercover Winter Boat Storage and is available from mid October to Mid April.

 

Charges October 2013 – April 2014

 

Up to 14.99 feet  : £165

15ft. To 19.99ft   : £200

20ft +                : £250