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Tayside is known as a fantastic area for all types of fishing. Whether you wish to fish large or small rivers for trout or salmon, cast a line in the North Sea or sit quietly by your float awaiting a carp, better places are difficult to find. The fishing waters in Perthshire & Angus are detailed in the region’s guide book “Angling in Tayside” available from the tourist shops.


 Loch Fishing

Lowland lochs featuring quality rainbow and brown trout fishing include Rescobie, Lintrathen, Monikie, Butterstone and of course Scotland’s most famous venue, Loch Leven complete with its historic castle and long fly fishing history. In the hills you will find lochs of a different character but still excellent fishing. Kinardochy, Rannoch, Laidon, Earn, Tay and Lee are but a few examples. There are lochs large and small and most of them are alive with brown trout. A few have charr and the fearsome ferrox trout which often grow to double figures in the bigger waters such as Rannoch and Ericht. Most of the larger lochs are fished by boats while the small lochs high in the hills are usually fished from the bank.  See the listing for Loch Fishing in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee

River Fishing

Visitors are truly spoilt for choice. Scotland’s largest river and the producer of the UK record salmon, a 64lb leviathan, the River Tay starts at Kenmore and enters the sea near Dundee. Throughout its length the Tay and its tributaries provide fishing for sea trout, brown trout, grayling and salmon. Its main tributaries the Lyon, Tummel and Isla/Ericht systems are superb rivers in their own right and fishing is easily available. The River Tummel is especially known for spring salmon fishing and for its top quality trout fishing.

A lowland river, the Earn has quality grayling and trout fishing and decent runs of autumn salmon in September and October. In the north of the region are two more great rivers. The river South Esk is esteemed for sea trout fishing and it also has good salmon fishing while the North Esk is said to be one of Europe’s most prolific salmon rivers. Add to that impressive cast a multitude of smaller trout rivers and burns and it is easy to understand why Tayside is called the region of the rivers. See the listing for River Fishing in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee


Rainbow trout fishing is popular and a number of excellent fisheries are scattered throughout Tayside. Just to mention a few of the fisheries available, Ochill Loch near Gleneagles, Braincroft, Cowden Loch and Drummond fisheries around Crieff. Piper Dam and Kingennie are close to Dundee, Loch Heath is in beautiful Glen Clova and Easter Balado, Crook of Devon and Sandyknowes are around Perth. No matter where you are you are always close to fishing! See the listing for Fisheries in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee

Coarse Fishing

There is a good variety of coarse fishing in Tayside. Several clubs now have their own waters stocked with suitable species. Clatto Reservoir near Dundee has roach, perch, bream, pike, rudd tench and eels and Kingennie Fishery has specimen carp fishing. Dunmore Loch in Pitlochry contains carp, perch, roach, crucian carp and tench. Many of the rivers and lochs contain pike, perch and the west end of Loch Tay has enormous shoals of quality roach. See the listing for Coarse Fishing in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee

Sea Angling

There is a variety of sea angling venues on the Angus coast The most famous (or infamous) mark is the Bell Rock that lies some twelve miles out to sea. Popular cliff angling marks between Arbroath and Montrose include Mariners Grave, Needle’s Eye, Whiting Ness, Steeple Rock, Usan and Boddin. Cold weather brings the cod inshore and is preferred by regular cod anglers who on occasions enjoy excellent catches. Target species include cod, saithe, pollack, whiting, haddock, wrasse and various flat fish. Other less predictable species that haunt the coastline and the Tay estuary include bass and mullet. Flounders, eels and sea trout are commonly caught in the Tay estuary. A number of sea angling charter boats operate from Arbroath offering a variety of trips lasting from a few hours to a whole day. See the listing for Sea Angling & Charter Boats in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee