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A to Z Guide of Where to Fish for Pike and Perch in Scotland

Aberdeenshire | Argyll | Borders | Dumbartonshire | Dumfries and Galloway | Fife | Inverness-shire | Loch Lomond | Nairnshire | Ross and Cromarty | Stirlingshire | Trossachs |Perthshire | Wigtonshire

Aberdeenshire

Loch Skene, near Dunecht outside Aberdeen has a good population of pike. The loch, an RSPB bird sanctuary, is described as highly eutrophic (due the the quantity of goose crap) so its best not to drink the water!

St Michaels Loch, 4 miles from Collistone on the A975 Ellon to Collistone road is a deep little loch just half a mile long and about a quarter wide where John Branch - Evans caught a fish of 44lbs 9ozs using a Woolworths fishing kit that cost him 7 shillings and six pence (37.5p, remember those kits folks?) in the early 60s when he was a lad of 16. (Go to www.pikezander.co.uk for the full story). According to the O/s map there is a loch by the road called Meikle Loch and I am guessing that's it. Sadly it appears that the RSPB has take over control of the loch and it is no longer available for fishing (Thanks to Lee Ellis for that update)

Argyll and Bute

Loch Askog on the Isle of Bute offers fishing all year round for pike and perch. Prmits from the Bute Angling Outdoor Centre (01700 503670) and the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre in Rothesay (08707 2006190) at £4 for and adult per day, junior reductions and season tickets available.

Loch Awe, there are some awesome pike in Loch Awe, the record is 35.5lbs. Here you might catch a record pike or a record trout or char, just about everything grows big here! The loch offers good winter fishing in the weedy bays. Dead baits are good, mackeral, eel, sprats, sardines set on a wire trace with 2 or 3 trebles. Fly fishing is very popular using a standard 10 foot rod with a slow sink or sink tip line and streamer flies tied with white or yellow maribou size 6 - 8. Spinning a plug can be productive but trolling is restricted to the trout season using lures of 5" or more. Favoured marks are around Kilchum castle, Ford and Dalavich. Permits are £6 per day £12 for 3 days £20 for a week and £60 per season, juniors and concession half price. Contact Loch Awe Boats on 01886 833256.

Loch Ascog, Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Pike, perch, contact 01700 503670.

Borders

Pike in the heart of Edinburgh, Duddingston LochAlemoor Loch near Hawick is controlled by the Hawick Angling Club. The loch holds a very good head of pike with reports of fish up to 35lbs. Tactics recommended are the use of dead baits such as mackeral, small rainbow trout or sardines. Fly fishing along the weed beds provides good sport and spinning with mepps or plugs. Permits are £10 per day from Rudkins, Riverside Caravan Park and Boutree Motors, call Hawick AC on 01450 373771.Hellmoor Loch, another Hawick AC water holding pike and perch as well as a good stock of brown trout. Permits are £10 per day from Rudkins, Riverside Caravan Park and Boutree Motors, call Hawick AC on 01450 373771.

Dumbartonshire

Loch Lomond

PIKE! Big pike, small pike, some that could bit off yer 'ead off! But why? Loch Lomond does have an interesting biology because it has two distinct characters, highland and lowland loch. The northern half of the loch is a typical deep highland loch while the southern end is shallow and more akin to a typical lowland loch. There are salmon, sea trout, brown trout and coarse fish, a veritable smorgasbord of food for predatory pike. All this means that Loch Lomond is probably one of the best pike fishing venues any where and the fishing is free.

The loch is big, really big so you should search around for information about where to fish rather than waste your time plodding about. Someone once told me there are good pike near Balmaha, then I had a look and realised that I might as well have been told that there are lots of haddock in the North Sea, there is an awful lot of water cover. Balmaha is recommended as well the area around Luss, Cronin Bay, Ardlui in the north end of the Loch and Balloch and Arden in the south. Endrick Mouth, where the monster pike skull was found, is also a hot spot.

Both the river Leven and the Endrick hold good pike. Live bait is not allowed as in the past people have used ruffe which have have escaped and multiplied becoming a serious problem because they eat the eggs of other native species of fish. Boats can hired at a number of locations particularly in Balloch and Balmaha.

Dumfries-shire & Galloway

Auchenrech Loch, pike fishing available from the bank and from boats, permits £5 per day or £35 for a boat based on two people fishing, call 01556 690277.Loch Ken, pike, where the biggest pike in history, 72Lbs, was caught in 1884. Permits from local pubs and shops, £4 per day. Boats (with outboard) can be hired from Loch Ken Marina at £35 to£42 per day, call 01556670402. Loch Rutten, pike, near Dumfries, no permits required.

Lochmabben, 8 miles east from Dumfries, three lochs with pike one of which, Castle Loch, has the Scottish record for tench. All round coarse fishing here.

Castle Loch, mixed coarse fishing. Permits from Lochmaben, Post office, £6.00 per day.

Mill Loch, pike, no permits required.

Kinmount Lake, good pike, call 01576 300244.

Kirk Loch, pike, no permits required.

Fife

Kinghorn Loch, pike and stories of some very big perch and roach, carp and bream, permits from the Ecology Centre by the loch, £4 adults £2 juniors.

Lochgelly Loch, pike & perch (roach), no permits required.

Isle of Bute

Loch Fad, fishing November, December, January and February. Pike to 35lbs taken recently, £10 per person £10 per boat, call 01700 504871.

Inverness-shire

Loch Alvie, pike, there are some first class pike in Alvie well into the twenties, dead baits, plugs and spinners and the fly work well. Permits from Alvie Estate call 01540 651255 or from the shop at Dalraddy caravan site.

Loch Arkaig, no live bait fish allowed, permits from the Rod and Gun Shop,

Fort William, call 01397 702656.

Loch Ceo Glais, pike, no permit required.

Loch Duntelchaig, Loch nan Geadas, permits 0845743 7437.

Dores, south Loch Ness on the A862 west of Inverness.

Loch Garry, pike, no permit for bank fishing but contact Tomdoun Hotel for boat hire, 01809 511218.

Loch InschLoch Insh is just like a massive pool on the river Spey consisting of great swaths of extensive wetlands and weedy shallows which makes access to much of the bank difficult to impossible (or unsafe). The nature of the loch makes it a serious pike fishery with fish into the upper twenties on record. For permits and boat hire call 01540 651272.

Loch Morlich, someone of my acquaintance from the area was fly fishing for trout on Morlich a couple of years ago when, as he described it, a log came alive and snapped up a trout he was playing, end of story with a 4lb leader. He was a very experienced angler not prone to exaggeration, loath to put a weight to the fish but he described the fish as truly massive. Permits 01479 861220.

Loch PityoulishLoch Pityoulish, a picturesque and productive pike fishery just a few miles out of Aviemore on the south side of the river which holds pike and brown trout, permits from Rothiemurchus Estate, 01479 861220.

Invergarry, between Loch Lochy and Loch Ness on the A82.

Loch Lochy, pike, no permit required.

Loch Loyne, pike, free fishing but contact Tomdoun Sporting Lodge Hotel for access, 01809 511218.

Lock Oich, pike, no permit required but call 018809 501287 for local rules.

Loch Laggan, on A84 Newtonmore to Spean Bridge, pike along the road side bank, for permits call 01540 661645 (allows fishing for pike on the Spey and Lochan Uvie).

Spean Bridge, A82 east of Fort William.

Loch Treig, pike, no permit required.

Loch Ness, there are good pike in Loch Ness but it is such a vast loch you really need to ask around locally for information, there are concerns about salmon stocks and restrictions do apply.

Loch nam Bat, Milton nr Drumnadrochit. Pike, no permit required.

Nairnshire

Geddes Fishery, Dorres, perch, 01667 404377.

Perthshire

Grant's 24 pounder from ButterstoneButterstone Loch, near Dunkeld. This is big pike fishing water. As of this season Butterstone is allowing fly fishing for pike on weekdays giving you chance to hook into some whoppers on a ten foot fly rod (see the 34lb fish at the top of the page). In the winter (Nov - March) Butterstone allows any method fishing for pike (except live bait). Spinning (lures bigger that 6" only) and dead bait (sea fish only) allowed. Fishing is from boats at £30 for the day. Call Adrian Haldane on 01350 724238. Makes me wonder about the dry fly possibilities again, maybe a dry deer hair mouse would work. let me know if you try one.

Loch Clunie, near Butterstone. The fishing is free at present with 20 plus pound fish on record and rumours of a monster lurking around the Island monastery, I'm told a diver went looking for it and came face to face, he got out of the water double quick, face white as a sheet. Lucky he was in a wet suit, avoids pollution! A local game keeper had a three legged dog, the fourth leg is in a Clunie pike. Scary stuff, wading might not be advisable without cast iron pants! On my visit I saw several pike rolling on the surface and I recon this would be a good fly venue.

Dunalastair Loch near Kinloch Rannoch is reputed to hold some very large pike. Fishing is boat only, don't be tempted to loiter on the bank as the loch rises quickly without warning when the hydro board release water from loch Rannoch. The loch is a trout venue so I am unsure what the deal is but permits are issued from the Dunalastair Hotel in Kinloch Rannoch, call 01882 632323.

Loch Earn, again a very large deep loch with untapped potential. For information about permits contact Loch Earn Fishings on 01764 8681257, permits from the St Fillans Post Office in Lochearnhead.

Loch Eigheoch, a small hydro electric loch near Rannoch Station (Rannoch Moor) perch and some nice little trout and occasional salmon, no permit required.

Loch Errochty, no information at present.

Loch Faskally, Pitlochry. Pike & perch. Permits 01796 472919.

Loch Freuchie, pike. Call the Dunalastair Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, 01882 632323.

Loch Rannoch, pike & perch. The east end of the loch near Bridge of Gaur is noted for pike especially in the water that was once the course of the Gaur before the loch water level was raised by the hydro electric scheme, permits Dunalastair Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, £4 per day, call 01882 632323.

Loch Tay, yet an other great pike venue but like Loch Lomond it is so big you really need local advice. Permits to fish are available from Kenmore Post office and the caravan site.

Loch Tummel, pike and perch. Big pike water in stunning scenery, permits £3 per day, call 10796 472613.

Loch Vennacher holds a first class population of pike up to specimen size, The biggest so far scaled in at 42lbs taken in 2002 and it is believed there is a record size fish out there just waiting to be had. Fly fishing for pike has become very popular and fish to 20lb plus have been taken on single handed rods. Spinning and dead bait fishing are very effective methods for the loch. Permits cost £5 Mon to Fri and £6 Sat and Sunday. There are also boats with outboards for hire. Contact Trossachs Leisure on 01887 330011.

Ross and Cromarty

Loch Chroisg, Loch Crann, Loch Gowan, pike, Achnasheen, A832 junction with A890, no permit required.

Loch Ussie, Dingwall, 16 miles north of Inverness on the A9 then A835. Pike & Perch, permits 01349 865505.

Loch Glascarnoch, Loch Achnalt, Loch a Chuilinn, Loch Luichart, Loch Garve, pike 25 miles north west of Inverness on the A832. Pike & perch, no permits required.

Loch Badan Scalaig, Gairloch, west coast on the A832. Pike, permits 01445 712458.

Loch Achaidh na h-inich, Plockton, Past Kyle of Lochalsh on the A 87. Pike, no permit required.

Stirlingshire

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park

Loch ArdLoch Ard, pike and perch (Scottish record for perch taken here) one mile from Aberfoyle. Permits from the newsagents in Kinlochard, £2.50.

Loch Chon, pike and perch, 6 miles west of Aberfoyle on the B829, permits from Forest Enterprises, Aberfoyle, 01877 382383.

Loch KatrineLoch Katrine is as a venue for pike fishing after a 10 year absence. What does the loch hold after 10 years of no one fishing here? Stories so far include a fish of over 20lbs caught this year in the shallows at Glengoyle. A 10lb fish taken on the fly and I had substantial fish hit a lure, the whole event seen with my polaroids allowing me to see the fish hit then loiter around eying up the lure. On inspecting the lure there were clear tooth marks. Oh what might have been! Fishing is from boats only, strictly no bank fishing. To find out more contact Simon Cranefield at: http://www.lochkatrinefisheries.co.uk/index.html Laverockbrae, Balmore, Glasgow, G64 4AQ, call 01360 620967, mobile 07930 309159. Email; enquiry@oldsmiddycottage.co.uk

 Wigtownshire

Loch Ronald, Newton Stewart pike, permits £5 per day £25 per week from local shops.

Loch Heron, Newton Stewart pike, permits £5 per day £25 per week from local shops.

Useful web sites;

www.goscot.co.uk

www.incallander.co.uk

www.ipike.co.uk

www.sfca.co.uk