The River Forth Fisheries Trust were at Kirkton weir yesterday completing the second planned fish rescue in the partially dewatered area downstream of the weir.
Expectations were low because the riverbed in this area is lined with bedrock, which provides little cover for fish. However, a large undercut on the weir harboured two stunning trout.
127 minnows were also rescued as well as 1 sticleback, 1 bullhead, 1 stone loach and 1 eel. Another larger eel escaped because it was just too big for the net. It is believed that the escapee found its own way out of the area. Furthermore, eels are of lower priority during fish rescues because they can survive for some time out of water and can move over land.