Bute fishery to re-open in new year

Jimmy Poole from Loch Fad Fisheries pictured with For Bute's Marlene Hill on Friday, October 24, 2014.
Jimmy Poole from Loch Fad Fisheries pictured with For Bute's Marlene Hill on Friday, October 24, 2014.

The owner of Loch Fad Fisheries says he plans to re-open the popular Bute loch to anglers in the new year - 18 months after it was closed to fight an outbreak of marine lice.

Jimmy Poole told The Buteman that the loch will re-open for rainbow trout fishing on February 1, 2015, subject to a successful monitoring programme over the winter.

And his efforts have received a significant boost in the form of a £2,000 donation from For Bute, the Rothesay charity shop set up last year to support good causes on the island.

The money will be used to buy equipment such as disinfectant, nets and fish as part of the winter monitoring programme.

“We have now been monitoring Loch Fad for more than a year,” Mr Poole told The Buteman, “with positive results.

“I would like to thank Marlene Hill and her team from For Bute for their kind donation to my winter programme.”

The loch was closed in August 23 following the discovery of the Argulus foliaceus parasite, which does not harm humans but is poisonous to fish.

* Full story in the October 31 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.