Fishing In Scotland

Holidays in Scotland are great for a whole range of activities – scenic walks, whisky-tasting and shopping are just some of the most popular forms of entertainment for those visiting, but there really is something for everyone and for the fisherman, there’s no limit to the amount of fun and fish they can soak up.

Some Things To Bear In Mind

Scotland’s fishing laws can vary considerably throughout the country, as it is the owner of the lake or body of water that governs whether and when people may come to fish. That means that while there is no governmental rod or fishing license to pay, there may be other charges when applying for permits. Unfortunately, there is no one permit that covers all lakes and a new one will be needed for each and every separate body of water – even different sections of the same river may require different licenses.

As each body of water is self-governed, rules may change on what and how much is acceptable to catch. Most fisheries will run either a catch and release policy or impose a limit on the number of fish you are able to take home with you, and there are additional laws about returning any fish to the river that you don’t intend to eat personally – selling the fish on is a huge taboo.

While there is no legally-enforced winter closing season for many forms fishing, the season for salmon fishing ranges between the 11th January and 30th November; the official brown trout fishing season is between the 15th March and 6th October, although many rivers don’t open up to brown trout fishing until April 1st. The other factor to take into consideration is that salmon and sea trout cannot legally be caught on Sundays, and while it isn’t illegal to take brown trout on a Sunday it can be frowned upon depending on the etiquette of that particular river. It’s very important to understand all of the rules that come with your fishing license.

Your Options

The ideal fishing vacation would most likely take place over a few days, and there are fantastic spots for fishing all around the country. The River Tay in Perthshire is one of the most well-known around for its excellent salmon fishing, especially the river’s origins in Dalmarnock. Most of the fishing takes place on the banks, and costs between £25 and £125 each day for a license, although you can take advantage of seasonal offers.

Loch Leven in Perthshire is one of the best Lochs in the world for finding trout, as it is large and shallow with an average depth of twelve feet. You’re most likely to hook a rainbow trout, although this Loch also features a distinctive type of trout which looks silvery but actually fall under the category of “brown trout”. The fish often way over 10lbs, making a great barbecue fish for when you adjourn back to your respective lodges in Scotland.

For a virtually guaranteed catch, the Frandy Fishery located in Ochil Hills have a variety of trout in rainbow, brown and blue varieties. As they make a habit of always introducing more fish to the pond than are taken, there is very rarely a shortage and chances are you’ll walk away with a great haul of substantially-sized fish.

This is just the tip of the iceberg – the amount of fishing locations in Scotland is staggering, ensuring that no matter where you go for your highland holiday, you can make delicious, freshly-caught fish the meal of the day!