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Argyll & Bute - Fishing, Angling - Scottish Highlands

A fractured and feature-filled land and seascape of mountains, glens, rivers and lochs, offer countless angling opportunities that would take a lifetime to explore. This interesting area is full of trout, salmon, coarse fishing and sea angling possibilities.  

Loch Fishing

There is only one word that can describe the mighty Loch Awe – awesome! It produces huge pike, perch, rainbow and Scotland’s record brown trout. Superb trout fly fishing around its islands and bays and always the chance of hooking the fish of a lifetime. But the hills are peppered with lochs large and small, some with boats and some without but all of them teeming with wild brown trout. Close to Oban are some 27 lochs including Loch an Losgainn Mor, Loch an Losgainn Beg - the Feinn Lochs. Dark coloured loch flies like the Black Pennel and gold bodied flies work wonders in the peaty waters. See the listing for Loch Fishing in Argyll & Bute

River Fishing

Loch Tulla collects water from east and west before sending it cascading down the salmon pools of the River Orchy. After swallowing the River Lochy the Orchy completes its course in Loch Awe. There are several salmon beats on the Orchy and several more on the Awe, an impressive and rapid river that powers its way down to the sea via the Pass of Brander and Inverawe.

Mention must be made of some of the many other rivers from Campbeltown in the south to Connel in the north, the Etive a delightful small river that drains Rannoch Moor, the Fyne, Aray, Shira, Add, Barr, Lussa and Carradale all of them small and intimate and during a fining water in late summer they can produce exciting sport with sea trout and salmon. See the listing for River Fishing in Argyll & Bute


Inverawe Fisheries is one of the largest in the area, it contains three ponds with some very large trout and has regular teaching sessions for those new to fly fishing. See the listing for Fisheries in Argyll & Bute

Coarse Fishing

Loch Awe is renowned as Scotland’s big pike destination. During the warm months these impressive fish can be caught on spinning tackle, during the winter dead bait is sure to bring some large pike perhaps over 20 or 30lbs to the bank. The loch also contains shoals of good sized perch. See the listing for Coarse Fishing in Argyll & Bute 

Sea Angling

The area is very varied, there are wrecks, open water, and rough ground. Sea angling boat trips can produce excellent results with specimen fish being caught. For example a Scottish record hake was caught in Loch Etive and in 1997 a European record skate was boated in the sound of Mull. Shore fishing is also popular throughout Argyll and Bute. A number of fully equipped sea angling charter boats are available from Oban and elsewhere. Wrecks around the area produce a selection of pollack, saithe, dogfish and some impressive congers. Mackerel arrive in the summer and provide grand sport on light spinning tackle or fly rods. Mackerel is also good as bait for some of the larger predatory species, as is squid. See the listing for Sea Angling in Argyll & Bute


Fishing in Argyll and Bute