Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is the perfect destination to go fishing. With 22 lochs and over 39 miles of beautiful coastlines, there are plenty of places to go fishing in Loch Lomond. Whether you choose to sit along the loch’s edge or rent a boat, you’re never short of finding the perfect fishing spot. We’ve listed our top tips on fishing in the local area and some great locations for catching trout, salmon and coarse fish in Loch Lomond.
The most important tip we can give you is, always remember your fishing permit. If you don’t have it with you then you won’t be able to fish in Loch Lomond. Luckily, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park have a list of fishing permit retailers located throughout the National Park. Within your permit, you will find the rules for angling throughout Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Please follow these rules at all times. We want to protect the richness of our local area and the habitats of our rivers and lochs.
We’ve listed some conservation tips below that will keep you right during your fishing trip in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
- Respect local catch limits.
- Many lochs and rivers within Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park have mandatory catch and release policies for salmon.
- Use barbless hooks for catch and release fishing.
- Minimise your handling of fish when returning back into the water.
- Please don’t release fish into different water from where they were originally caught.
- Respect the local wildlife surrounding the lochs and rivers during your fishing trip.
- Follow the advice marked on signage within the area you are fishing.
Fishing Spots In Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park offers several lochs and rivers in tranquil settings throughout the park, all of which offer a different fishing experience. We’ve listed our top 5 beautiful fishing spots throughout Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park that are guaranteed to give you a great fishing experience.
Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish loch and is the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain. It has the largest variety of fish in the National Park including trout, salmon, and pike. Loch Lomond is also home to powan, a white fish, which is a protected species. If caught, please return to the water as quickly as possible. The loch boasts spectacular views from all angles, so no matter which spot you perch your chair or dock your boat, you’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery.
Loch Ard is a freshwater loch located 5km to the west of Aberfoyle and is a source of the River Forth which flows from its eastern end. Loch Ard is a great loch for catching large pike, and hosts the record of perch being caught in Scotland. The record perch was 2.21kg. Whether you choose to fish from the boat or by the shore, you’re guaranteed a fresh catch. This loch mainly features brown trout, pike and perch. So if these fish are on your list, Loch Ard is the perfect destination for your fishing trip in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
3.Lake of Menteith
Located beside the village of The Port of Menteith, near Aberfoyle, lies Scotland’s only lake, the Lake of Menteith. The 700 acre Lake of Menteith is the main venue for hosting the National Fishing Championships in Scotland. Stocked with top quality rainbow, pike and brown trout, this lake is highly popular amongst Scottish fisherman. With a low lying setting and shelter from the surrounding landscapes and islands, there is shelter available from most directions meaning you won’t be as heavily impacted by the wind. Take in the scenic views, relax and watch your fishing rod tighten as you catch your supper.
4.Loch Venachar and Loch Achray
Loch Achray is situated in the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, next to Ben A’an and Ben Venue. This loch is renowned for its brown trout and is well-visited during peak fishing seasons. Its neighbouring loch, Loch Venachar is situated between Brig o’ Turk and Callander. For the best fishing results on this loch, we’d recommend hiring a boat in order to reach deeper and more populated areas of the loch. Expect to reel in brown trout, salmon or sea trout on your fishing trip.
Breadalbane is in the north of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and has great fishing lochs including Loch Earn and Loch Voil. If you’re looking to catch rainbow and brown trout, we’d recommend heading to Loch Earn. Fishing is permitted from the banks of the loch and by boat. The biggest fish caught was over 26 lbs (weighing over a stone!). Now that’s worth a photograph.
Loch Voil is another fantastic loch for fishing. Loch Voil and its western neighbour, the smaller Loch Doine, lie amid beautiful scenery and in a glen steeped in history. Its waters are full of salmon, brown trout and sea trout. Fishing in Loch Voil and Loch Doine is permitted by the shore. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a day of fishing amongst stunning landscapes.
Fishing is a great way to rediscover the beauty that lies in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and head to Loch Lomond for a fine fishing experience. Whether it’s a day trip, long weekend or midweek escape, there’s some great fishing spots dotted around our local area. If you’d like to prolong your stay and visit more than one fishing spot, we’ve got a range of luxury self-catering holiday homes on the banks of Loch Lomond which would make the perfect base for your fishing trip.
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