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25th July 2016 | Regional News

Fishing in Scotland

 

Scotland covers over 30,000 miles of land, and within this space there are over 6,000 rivers, 6,000 square miles of lochs, and 7,334 miles of coastline. It is easy to see why this makes Scotland a fishing paradise, not to mention the glorious scenic views that you are treated to whilst you cast your line.

National Fishing Month is soon approaching (22nd July – 29th August), so we’ve taken a look at the best places to go fishing in Scotland, as well as where to find some of Scotland’s most popular types of fish, so you can plan a successful angling trip whilst on your next camping holiday.

Trout

Scotland is a haven for trout fishing, wherever you are in the country. Trout thrive in a range of locations, which is why they can be found in the largest rivers in the East and South of Scotland, to the most remote lochs in the Northwest Highlands. The trout fishing season begins on the 15th March and ends on the 6th October, and it is illegal to fish for trout outside of these dates.

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Image supplied by Duncan Pepper

If you are planning to go trout fishing whilst on your holiday in Scotland, it is always worth checking the dates with a local tackle shop, just to make sure.

Duncan Pepper, from Fishinguide, offers guided fishing trips across Scotland and recommends catching large brown trout on the River Annan on an upstream dry in the months of April, May and June. He also suggested that dapping for sea trout in late summer in a west coast sea loch is great fun. The nearest Parkdean park to the River Annan is Southerness Holiday Park.

Video sourced from Duncan Pepper, Fishing Guide Scotland

Pitlochry Angling Club recommends the River Tummel from Pitlochry to Ballinluig for river trout fishing. May, June and September are great times to be out during standard daytime hours, plus June and July for the evening rises. The Tummel has some large trout of up to about 4 lb in weight, and is regularly used as a national and international fly fishing competition venue. The nearest Parkdean park to Pitlochry Angling Club waters is Tummel Valley Holiday Park.

Salmon

Scotland has long been known for its fantastic salmon fishing, and is home to some of the most famous salmon rivers in the world. The Atlantic salmon make their way upstream from the marine feeding grounds in the Atlantic Ocean and into Scotland’s rivers, covering hundreds, and sometimes thousands of miles.

The salmon season varies from river to river with the earliest starting in mid-January, and the latest closing at the end of November. Embrace Scotland have made a great list of the top five rivers to fish for salmon in Scotland. This includes the Tweed, which is one of the world’s best salmon rivers, where spring salmon are present from early February. One of the largest river in Britain, the Tay, is also famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing, and is the first of the large rivers to open. The River Spey is also world famous, and if you head to the Moray Speyside, you will get to enjoy some of the best scenery that Scotland has to offer. The nearest Parkdean park to the River Spey is Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park.

Video sourced from Fishing TV

Although these big rivers in Scotland are great for salmon fishing, there is a whole abundance of smaller lochs and streams which can be equally as good, so get exploring!

Pike

Pike are another species of fish that live in rivers, lochs, and streams along the length and breadth of Scotland. In fact, the largest pike ever recorded in the British Isles came from Loch Lomond, weighing in at 47lb 11oz. Pike can adapt and survive in a multitude of waters, so they can be found throughout the country both in populated areas such as Scotland’s Central Belt, and all the way up to the most rugged parts of The Highlands. This means you will often have the water to yourself, allowing you to enjoy the natural beauty of Scotland.

Most of the pike fishing in Scotland is freely available, but we recommend getting permission from the landowner just to make sure. The more well-known fishing areas in Scotland such as Loch Awe and Loch Ken have daily permits, which are widely available. If you are looking for a more rugged and scenic backdrop to your pike fishing experience, head to the Great Glen, where Lochs such as Arkaig, Lyon and Garry are home to some of the most spectacular fish in Scotland.

Pike fly fishing in northern Scotland

Video sourced from PastowanyKaban

Grayling

Scotland offers some of the best grayling fishing rivers in Europe, despite them not being native to the country. This truly wild species can be caught all year round, but November to February is considered the peak grayling season. It is important to know that although grayling can be eaten, anglers are encouraged to number the amount that they kill to help ensure the conservation of grayling. If you do release the grayling you have caught, remember to treat them with care for future anglers.

The River Tweed is known to be especially good for grayling fishing. They are not an indigenous species to the Tweed, but were introduced to the river in the late 1800s, and now flourish both in the main stem of the water and many of the tributaries. There has become an increase in anglers fishing for this valued sporting game fish once the trout season has ended, so definitely keep your eye out for them in the winter months.

Video sourced from Fish Clyde

Sea Fishing

Scotland’s coastline is excellent for sea fishing, whether you want to stick to the shore or be more adventurous and go out on a boat. There is a vast range of species available throughout the year, including cod, haddock, whiting and coalfish, and of course you get to experience the spectacular coastal scenery that Scotland has to offer.

When it comes to the different areas of Scotland’s coastline, the Western sea lochs are the place to head if you fancy targeting the hard fighting spur dogfish, or even a thornback ray. The North and East coast are great for catching cod, pollock, tope, and bull huss, especially if you go out on a charter boat with other anglers.

To find out which type of fishing is available for your chosen coastal area, you should contact the local sea angling club. They will be able to give you general advice on where to fish, what baits to use and the tackle required. Local tackle shops are also a good place to go if you are looking for advice, as other local anglers will keep them up to date with what is happening, and they can provide tackle and bait for the local area.

Video sourced from Kintakintyea

If you would like to find out about more things to do in Scotland whilst you are on your holiday at Parkdean, see here. If you have any pictures from your latest fishing trip that you would like to share, get in touch via our Twitter or Facebook page.

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