News and Reports

Looking back on the 2013 Season


Stocking

 

Ten thousand brown trout were stocked in the 2013 fishing season averaging between 16ozs and 32ozs almost 7 tonnes in total weight.

 

Stockings took place on 6th March, 13th March, 24th April, 19th June and the 17th July.

 

The average weight stocked in 2013 was 1lb 8¾ 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

 
 

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%

 
 

2013

4.4%

 
 

 

YEAR

AVERAGE NUMBER

 
 

OF FISH PER VISIT

 
 

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

 
 

2013

6.5

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Catch Returns Fishing Season 2013

 

Catch returns this year were back again at 4.4% compared to 5.6% in 2012. 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 Charles Robb from Lossiemouth in Morayshire. He was first out of the hat for this years prize draw. Congratulations Charles. Just goes to show how far people are prepared to travel for good value fishing.

 As Season Ticket holders you averaged just under 23 days fishing this season which means you have saved a whopping £100!!.

 

 

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 2014 and you will be entered into our prize draw.

 

This years information represented 158 days fishing effort where a total of 1021 fish were landed giving an average catch per visit of 6.5 fish  compared to 4.5 fish in 2012, 6.8 fish in 2011,11.2 fish in 2010, 9.0 fish in 2009, 7.5 fish for 2008, 8.5fish for 2007, 5.7 fish for 2006, 4.8 fish in 2005 and 3.2 fish for 2004.

 

By species, 474 brown trout,  547 rainbow trout  made up the total numbers taken.

 

The total weight caught was 1104 lbs 12ozs giving an average of  1lb 01¼oz.

 

Breaking these numbers down further :

 

254 brownies were killed for a total weight of 415lbs 4ozs (ave wt 1lb 10ozs) and  220 were returned for a total weight of 316lbs 8ozs (ave wt 1lb 7ozs)

 

121 rainbow trout were killed for a total weight of 111lbs 12ozs (ave wt  14¾ozs)

426 rainbow trout were returned for a total weight of 261lbs 4ozs (ave wt 9¾ozs)

 

There were no char registered in this years returns however two anglers registered the eels they caught a total of 45 for an approx. weight of 46½lbs.

 

Anglers should be aware that it is a criminal offence to intentionally fish for eels.

 

The Freshwater Fish Conservation (Prohibition on Fishing for Eels)(Scotland) Regulations 2008 makes it an offence to fish for or take eels of the species Anguilla Anguilla (any method at any time) except under the authority of a licence granted by Scottish Ministers.

 

Q. What if I accidently catch an eel whilst fishing?

A. Anglers will not be prosecuted under the Scottish conservation regulation if they catch an eel inadvertently while fishing for other species.

Q. What should I do with an eel if I do catch one?

A. If you accidently catch an eel you should try to release it without removing it from the water, or, failing that to return it to the water as soon as possible. It is important to release the eel immediately to reduce the chance of entanglement with the line.

Q. How should I handle an eel?

A. Eels are difficult to handle but are very robust and can normally be held firmly without damage. Use a wet glove, or wet landing net (or similar) to improve grip. Avoid using any dry material to improve grip as this will strip mucus from the eel and expose it to subsequent infection. If the hook can be readily removed from the eel this should be done at once. However, eels frequently swallow hooks and in these cases there is no option but to cut the line, as short as possible, before release.

Total fish killed was 375 ( 37% of total ) and fish returned 646 ( 63% of total )

 

Another interesting statistic for this past season is the percentage catch per species with brown trout 46.4% and  rainbow trout 53.6%

 

A significant increase in the number of rainbow trout in the water up from 8.9% to 53.6% would indicate that there had been a deterioration in the containment at the fish farm this year after some promising results from last season.

 

For the avoidance of any doubt Loch Earn Fishings only stocks Loch Earn with triploid Brown Trout.

 

 

 

 Heaviest rainbow reported in season 2013 was a 11lbs 8ozs specimen taken by Associate Member Season ticket holder Richard Zalewski from Dunfermline  out in his own boat “ Sammy Troot on the 16th March 2013 at about 9.30 in the morning as he passed the fish farm exclusion zone fence.

The fish was taken using a fast sinking lead tipped line and a pink bead head fritz.

It took a full 30 minutes to get the fish under control.

 

On the opening day 15th March 2013 trolling rapalas they picked up four stocked browns near Neish Island and fishing pal Scotty lost another big rainbow estimated between 15lbs - 20lbs as they trolled through the cages. 

All fish were returned apart from one brownie at 1½lbs.

Heaviest brown trout reported in season 2013  was a 19lbs 4ozs specimen, the fish of a lifetime

for 10 year old Brendan Mitchell from Braco out fishing with his Dad Patrick in their own boat on the 8th June 2013. Spinning lures in Ardveich Bay the biggest fish off  Loch Earn for 3 years took a 13g  Zebra Tasmanian Devil.These fish and many others 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.

 

1st June              St. Mungo Angling Club           31 browns                      - 31lbs 9ozs   -7 boats   

8th June              Wiremill AC                           15 browns/2 rainbow     - 14lbs 11ozs  -8boats     

22nd June           Laurencekirk & District AC    59 browns (56 returned, 3killed)        -4boats                           

 25th June             Loch Inch AC                        42 browns (34 returned, 8 killed)       - 4boats

29th June             St. Mungo AC                         34 browns                     - 40lbs 11ozs -8 boats

20th July              St Mungo AC                          9  browns                      - 7lbs 8ozs    - 7 boats                           

27th July              Phoenix AC                             7 rainbow/1brown         - 7lbs 1ozs     -4boats      

10th Aug              Wiremill AC                             6 rainbow/1brown         - 7lbs 8ozs    -6boats                                         


 Vendace

 

This is a photograph of the UK’s rarest fish the vendace. This specimen was caught on Loch Earn on the 23rd May 2012 around 9pm. by Graeme Harley from Strathyre fishing from a boat close to the mouth of the Kendrum Burn. It was foul hooked with a small toby lure  just in front of the dorsal fin. The fish was returned to the loch immediately after this picture was taken.   

 

 

This is the second specimen that we are aware of being caught. The first was caught in mid July 2005 by Kirkcaldy angler John Nicol who was flyfishing near to the South Loch Earn Caravan Park and took his fish on a Kate Mclaren fly in about ten feet of water

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This fish was frozen and subsequently passed on to myself for identification. I in turn passed the specimen on to Marine Scotland inspectors who dropped the fish of at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry. They in turn passed the specimen on to Peter S. Maitland from the Fish Conservation Centre in Haddington who finally identified the fish as a vendace.

 

How did these fish appear in Loch Earn?

 

Because of its rarity, vulnerability and decreasing distribution, the vendace in Great Britain is

given protection under various legislative powers. It is included in Schedule 5 of the Wildlife

and Countryside Act 1981 where it is illegal to capture, kill or keep in captivity vendace

without licence. It is also included in Appendix III of the Bern Convention and in Annex V of

the EC Habitats and Species Directive. In an appraisal of the conservation needs of British

freshwater fish, Maitland & Lyle (1992) gave vendace the highest priority category.

 

Special attention was given to vendace in Bassenthwaite Lake and in early December 1988

Swedish mixed mesh gill nets were used to catch vendace in Bassenthwaite Lake (Maitland

& Lyle 1990). The catch included three ripe females and these were stripped and the eggs

fertilised with milt from about 10 males. These eggs were then incubated at the Fish

Conservation Centre, Stirling and the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Penicuik.

 

 

 

Unfortunately, there was no provision made at the time for selection of an introduction site

and in the spring of 1989 8,379 unfed fry hatched from these eggs were introduced to Loch

Earn. Subsequently, although no special search was made for vendace in Loch Earn, netting

for other unrelated projects (Alexander & Adams 2000; A. Walker pers. comm.; S. Wallace,

pers. comm.) seemed to indicate that the introduction had been unsuccessful.

 

The frozen specimen from 2005 was 234mm fork length ( 264mm total length ) and 129.8gms in weight and was aged from scales as being 5+ which meant that it could not be one of the

original fry, indicating that the original stock had bred and indeed probably gone through

several generations. Thus it seemed likely that there may be an established population in

Loch Earn. As the Bassenthwaite stock is almost certainly extinct (Winfield et al. 2007), such

a population has substantial conservation value and, perhaps, could eventually be used to

restore vendace to Bassenthwaite Lake, once conditions there have improved.

 

The vendace is a silver, streamlined fish living for up to 6 years and reaching lengths

of between 20 and 25 cm. They live mainly in shoals occupying deep water during

the day, rising to the surface at dusk to feed and returning to the deeper waters

at dawn. Water at least several metres deep is required to allow the fish to escape

the stresses of summer heat, oxygen depletion and predation by other species.

 

Spawning occurs in November and December in the shallow, gravel margins. Fertility

varies with size ranging from 1500 to 5000 eggs per adult female. The incubation

period is long, varying with temperature, but is generally greater than 100 days.

During this time the eggs, which are about 1-2 mm in diameter, are susceptible to

siltation. Unlike salmon, the vendace does not cover its eggs with gravel. Therefore,

the eggs are also susceptible to predation. On hatching the young are free and able

swimmers of 7-9 mm in length. They have a small yolk sac, which is absorbed within

the first few days, and they feed on zooplankton, their main diet throughout their

life. The vendace normally reaches maturity after 2 years.

 

In northern Europe, where the vendace is widespread, there are significant commercial

fisheries, especially in Scandinavia. The British Isles lies to the southern limits of

the distribution of vendace. Only a few sites are capable of meeting the requirements

for relatively cool, oxygen-rich and nutrient poor water.

 

If by some chance you land one of these fish handle with care ( wet hands first before handling ) quick photo if possible then return and lastly let us know about it.

 

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 2014 until 6th October 2014 on hard standing at Drummond

Fish Farm                                                                                                               : £230                                                                                                                                                               

 

Season Launch (15th March to 6th October)

+ Storage from 15th March 2014 until 14th March 2015 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.

 

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 2013 was very strong.  This is likely to increase further this season as many more people decide to holiday at home and we have some fairly major events happening in 2014 notably the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow & the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles so all forms of accommodation will be at a premium.   A good number of bookings have already been taken for the 2014 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 2014.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Alex. Murray

For Loch Earn Fishings.


Permit Charges 2014

 

Permit Charges for the 2014 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 2014

 

4hr hire - £27(minimum charge)

6hr hire - £32

8hr hire - £37

 

Loch Earn Moorings

 

Loch Earn Moorings for the 2014 season are available at St. Fillans in the lee of  Neish Island.

For season 2014 we are offering a 10% discount on mooring charges for any angler taking out an Associate Membership Season Ticket.

 

Mooring Charges for 2014

 

Boats fifteen feet and under in length : £259

Boats over fifteen feet in length          : £325

 

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 2014 – April 2015

 

Up to 14.99 feet : £173

15ft. To 19.99ft  : £210

20ft +                  : £262