Outings – COVID 19 Update.
Due to the recent government lock down, fisheries continue to close. At present the Committee have been advised that Bangour Reservoir, Glencorse Reservoir and Linlithgow Loch have now shut for the foreseeable future. All proposed outings to these fisheries are now cancelled. We will continue to review the situation and update members as soon as the situation clarifies.
Given the uncertainty NO Outings cheques from members will be lodged for April and probably for May as well. Unfortunately cheques dated for March 2020 have been banked. Refunds will be issued to those members affected in due course.
The Angling Trust has today issued advice that “Fishing” does not come under the Government’s definition of “Exercise” for an individual. We therefore ask all members to not fish the Avon until the Government clarifies their current advice. This is unlikely to happen before Easter.
The April 5th Outing to Bangour is Cancelled. Refund cheques will be issued to those anglers who wanted to attend in due course.
The release day for the fry from the Fish in the Classroom project is MONDAY 16th MARCH.
The first release will be of fish from Linlithgow Bridge Primary School. The release will be in to the Mains Burn at Listloaning Park, Linlithgow Bridge. This is the small football ground that sits just to the west of the school.
Amy from Forth Rivers Trust will drop off some equipment for inverts at around 10.15 and head into the Linlithgow Bridge Primary school for 10.30 to bag the fish. Kids will be back from break at 10.45 to head down then. I suggest we, the volunteers, meet at Listloaning Park at 10.00am.Springfield Primary will be in the afternoon.
The second site, for Springfield Primary, is in the Peel grounds, east of the Palace behind the Low Port Primary school grounds where the Bells Burn flows. The kids will arrive at 1.30/ 1.45pm.
We should have the second site set up from 1.00pm.
We will need volunteers to kick-sample the burns prior to the children arriving.
We are holding a litter pick of the mains burn, Saturday 14th March, meet at the Rugby club at 10.00. All volunteers welcome.
Our season will open on the 15th March with a celebratory dram at the Quarry Bridge at 12.00 noon. All welcome.
This years fishing outings have been added to the Stillwater fishing page, the full details will be sent out with your membership renewal form.
The 2020 LAC Annual dinner will take place on the 13th March, Linlithgow Golf Club 19.00 for 19.30 confirmed. Price £15.00
ALL members must fill in and send their Card back by the due date at the end of the season. Those who did not fish the river should record a Nil return. There can be a penalty for anyone who does not do so, ie currently you may have to re-join the club and pay the joining fee next year.
Date: A date is required for each outing to the Avon, ie day and month eg 3/4 or 3 Apr even if you catch nothing. It is not sufficient to simply record monthly totals.
Beat: Members may fish beats 3, 4, and 5. The beat fished should be entered for each fishing trip even if you catch nothing. If you fish more than one beat in a day use a separate row for each beat. Remember beat 1 is at Slamannan and beat 5 is at Polmonthill.
Fish Caught: No need to enter zeros, but do so if you wish
Fish killed: Any fish killed should be entered after the number of fish caught that day as in the above table eg one killed of two caught 2/1, two killed of four caught 4/2 etc.
Salmon: Currently there is an embargo on killing Avon salmon, so any caught must be released. Weight can be deduced if the length is recorded (nose to fork of tail.)
Other feedback: Additional information is not mandatory, but a separate note on unusually large fish, predators, poaching, flies, suggestions for improvements etc, would be helpful.
This years annual AGM will be held at 7 for 7.30pm on Thursday 21st November in the Black Bitch, Linlithgow. A calling notice will be sent to all members on 4th November 2019.
The current banner picture is Alan Ayres magnificent 6lb salmon caught and released in early October.