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Coarse Fishing in Scotland

South West Scotland has the greatest number of indigenous coarse fish species. In other areas, coarse fish have been introduced either by natural means or man. It is unusual to find coarse fish apart from pike in the northern half of the country.

Grayling are regarded as a coarse fish and they can be found in rivers as far north as the River Tummel in Perthshire. Pike are widespread and inhabit many of the lowland lochs and rivers and some higher altitude waters as far north as Inverness. Perch also have a large range.

The spread of other coarse fish species across Scotland has been accelerated by transport of roach into areas where pike existed and in recent times large numbers have built up in Loch Tay and Loch Lomond.

Other species found in various fisheries include rudd, tench, bream, dace, gudgeon, ruff and chub. There is no legal close season for coarse fishing in Scotland and like trout fishing a permit is required to fish for them.

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