Around a hundred hardy souls were out on the 15th March to herald in the new trout fishing season and despite the wet and windy conditions some did manage to take fish and what was missing in numbers certainly made up in the quality of the trout taken.Four thousand browns averaging over 1½lbs were stocked during the first week of March and further stockings will take place during the rest of the season.
Bank anglers have been taking 1½-3½lb browns. Deryk Reddington (Cowdenbeath) had 3 brown for 10½lbs on maggot of the North shore , Owen Sinclair (Falkirk) 1brown and 2 rainbow for 4½lbs and Nicolas Valentin from the Glasgow Angling Centre had a cracking 3lbs brown at St. Fillans. Willie Napier (Perth) had two huge browns spinning a zebra Tobynear the Loch Earn Moorings, St. Fillans, one at 10lbs and the other at 6½lbs.
Boat fishers fared better last weekwith dry conditions and fairly light winds.Billy Beckinsdale (Balquidder) and George Campbell (Falkirk) had 5 brown for 11¼lbs and 3 rainbow for 3½lbs on maggot fishing in about forty feet of water near the fish farm.Davie Allan and Jim Stoddart (both Strathyre) had 3 rainbow and 2 brown for 9lbs weight on the worm. Heaviest trout 3½lbs rainbow.George Campbell (Falkirk) and Joe Williams (Glasgow) had 6 brown for 14lbs on worm with the best at 3lbs 3ozs.