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The information contained in these pages concerning fish availability, prices quoted etc are to be taken as a 'guide only' however are accurate to the best of our current knowledge.
It is up to the individual angler to seek confirmation before starting to fish at any location.
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Coarse fishing in the Highlands currently covers the area from Fort William in the west across to Dalwhinnie, then up to Aberlour (Moray) in the east, and all the way north to John-o'-Groats. There are of course other coarse fishing venues further south such as Loch Awe and Loch Tay and others around the Pitlochry area up into Aberdeenshire, however this is currently considered too large an area for us to maintain accurate records on.
If you have a new fishing location, local information or a new species e-mail: fish ( @ ) nnh.co.uk for us to add your information.
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Loch Bad an Scalaig
- Hydro Loch (South of Gairloch). PIKE
Loch Glascarnoch (north
of Garve) [location images]. PIKE
Loch a` Chroisg &
Loch Crann (nr Achnasheen) [location images]. PIKE, PERCH
Geddes Fishery (Dorres nr Nairn) [location images]. PERCH, EEL
Glen of Rothes Trout
Fishery (Aberlour). CARP, TENCH, BREAM, ROACH, GUDGEON
Loch Ussie (Dingwall) [location images]. PIKE, PERCH, EEL
Loch Bunachton (south
of Daviot). PIKE,
Loch Duntelchaig &
Loch nan Geadas (nr Dores, Inverness) [location images]. PIKE,
28th April 09
Loch Ness. PIKE, EEL
Loch nam Bàt
(north of Milton) [location images]. PIKE, PERCH
Loch Achaidh na h-lnich
(south of Plockton). PIKE
Loch Cluanie (north
west of Invergarry) [location images]. PIKE
Loch Loyne (north
west of Invergarry). PIKE
Loch Garry (nr Invergarry) [location images]. PIKE
For more information
on fishing and boat hire on Loch Garry see:
Loch Oich (nr Invergarry)
[location images]. PIKE, EEL
Loch Pityoulish (east
Loch Morlich (south east of Aviemore)
[location images]. PIKE
Loch Alvie (nr Aviemore)
[location images]. PIKE, EEL
Alvie estate offers a limited stretch of bank on the southern edge (map). Access to the loch and parking is also from the B9152 at the sign for Alvie Manse,disabled access is possible with assistance. Pike are present in this area and in reasonably good numbers. A boat (ROWING ONLY) is also available from Alvie estate at £15 (2005) per day plus £10 for an extra rod (angler). Alvie Estate also runs the nearby Dalraddy Holiday Park (Tel: 01479 810330) a caravan and camping site. Note that all vehicles are locked into this park until 7am so if you intend to fish early mornings leave your vehicle outside the park. Both Loch Alvie and Beag (see below) are a reasonable walking distance from Dalraddy Holiday Park if you travel light and are reasonably fit!
Loch Beag (Alvie Estate)
River Spey (Laggan
to Newtonmore). [map] PIKE
Loch Arkaig (north
west of Spean Bridge) [location images]. PIKE
Loch Lochy (south
of Invergarry) [location images]. PIKE, EEL
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Pike, perch, eel and minnow are indigenous species. It is quite likely that other species such as roach, dace, rudd and carp are also present, however as no one currently fishes for them reports are sketchy.
There is currently no 'closed season' for coarse fish in Scotland. The best months for coarse fishing in the Highlands are usually the beginning of April to the beginning of October, winter fishing being quite poor.
Permission, Licences and Permits
If the landowner requests that all coarse fish caught must be killed, and they have a netting and killing policy in place, then this should not be acceptable to any coarse angler and may be used as a point for not purchasing a permit (WE PAY TO CONSERVE NOT TO KILL). Do not expect to be able to set up a tent or bivvie next to any water without purchasing a permit if requested.
Laws, Set Lines & Stationary Rods
A 'set line' is a baited fishing line sometimes set between two points having a single or multiple hooks along its length, used by poachers to catch game fish illegally, quite often set at night. This in no way relates to any coarse fishing method. Other Scottish laws relating to having to hold a fishing rod while fishing are outdated and were implemented at a time when very few anglers coarse fished. To avoid confusion it is advisable to take at the most only two rods, as 'stationary' rods (when legering on bank sticks/rod rests) are in some parts of the Highlands still frowned upon. If you go well equipped for coarse fishing only, you should not encounter any problems. Coarse fishing (fishing for pike, perch, eels etc...) should never be confused with or used for an excuse while 'bait' fishing for trout, that is using a 'controller' float and worm.
For pike fishing, popular methods are float fishing, legering or paternostering with a dead bait such as herring or mackerel. Other coarse fish such as perch are usually taken on float fished or legered earth worm and eels are always keen on a bundle of legered earth worms or even a half sprat dead bait.
Most coarse fishing in the Highlands is catch and release in the hope of maintaining stocks, just occasionally some pike (under 4lb) are retained for eating. A photo lasts far longer than a dead fish!
Camping & Survival
Tents/bivvies are not popular in the Highlands because of their association with 'waterside camping', if you do need some wet weather cover consider a fishing umbrella.
Many of our
lochs and reservoirs are a source of drinking water. ALWAYS follow
the following advice while fishing at any location which is a
source of drinking water.
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