Where to Fish for Coarse Fish in Scotland, Lochs

Where to Fish for Coarse Fish, Lochs

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Aboyne Loch

Roach, bream, ide, carp, pike, perch, eels. Permits from the Caravan Park Office, call 013398 86244. Google Map Reference 57.088033, -2.765624

Loch Soy

A former millpond in Portsoy near Banff stocked with carp, roach, bream and rudd. Call 01261 818404. Google Map Reference 57.679842, -2.690852

Pitfour Lake

Coarse fishery stocked with common, mirror, ghost carp, tench, roach, rudd, skimmers, perch and gudgeon. Permits call 01779 474406 Google Map Reference 57.528870, -2.036689


Lairds Loch and Clatto Park

Perch, roach, bream. Members only. Apply to The Sacretary, 11, Ullapool Cresent, Dundee, DD2 4TT. Google Map Reference 56.507786, -3.206068


Loch Awe

Pike to 35lbs, best marks around Kilchum Castle, Ford and Dalavich, perch 1lb plus and roach. Contact Loch Awe Boats on 01886 833256. Google Map Reference 56.367826, -5.087952


Bookers Pit

Naer Irvine. Roach, rudd, perch, pike. Google Map Reference 55.591034, -4.647220

Kilbirnie Loch

Roach to 2lb. Permit price the same as a trout fishing permit. Google Map Reference55.754491, -4.660535

Loch Fergus

Roach, pike, perch. No permit required. Google Map Reference 55.431102, -4.542371


Loch of the Lowes

Run by St Marys Loch AC, boat (no outboards for hire byo up to 5HP) and bank fishing. Permits from the Keeper, call 01361 883466 or 01750 42243. Google Map Reference 55.465544, -3.207854

Lochside Fishery

On the road to Yetholm from Kelso on the B6352 offers pike and perch fishing from 2 boats. Call 07831 251146. Google Map Reference 55.550179, -2.305295

St Marys Loch

Pike and perch, run by St Marys Loch AC, boat (no outboards for hire byo up to 5HP) and bank fishing. Permits from the Keeper, call 01361 883466 or 01750 42243. Reductions for under 16's and OAPs. Google Map Reference 55.493901, -3.185452


Kilmardinny Loch

Dumfries and Galloway

Auchenreoch Loch

Near Dumfries on the side of the A75 holds bream, perch and pike, permits from the Loch View Motel. Google Map Reference 55.025036, -3.846977

Barbarroch Loch

Newton Stewart. Rudd, bream, perch, roach, call 016071 402011. Google Map Reference 54.890944, -3.808682

Barend Loch

Near Dalbeattie holds carp with fish to 14lbs taken recently. Call 01387 450281. Google Map Reference 54.883426, -3.740400

Black Water of Dee

Castle Douglas. Pike perch, roach. Castle Loch, Lochmaben, mixed coarse fishing. Permits from Lochmaben Post office, call 01644 450281. Google Map Reference 55.123687, -4.424228

Carlingwark Loch

Castle Douglas. Pike, perch. No permit required. Google Map Reference 54.930471, -3.931284

Cowans Loch

Dumfries. Roach, rudd, carp, tench, call 01387 760284. Google Map Reference 54.986917, -3.765134

Craiglaw Fisheries

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Consists of 5 lochs which have undergone improvement work including; Craiglaw Loch very good tench to 7lb 2ozs, carp, crucians, roach, rudd, bream and eels. A mirror of 26lbs 9ozs was taken a few years. 28 pegs with good access for disabled; Gledarroch Loch, tench, carp, crucians, roach, rudd, pike, perch, in gin clear water; Cluscarden Farm Pond, a small fishery with 7 pegs holding roach averaging .75lbs, tench to 3lbs and rudd, carp crucians and a few bream; Barndarroch Loch is undergoing a recovery, perch, rudd, roach, bream and hydrids; Whitefield Loch a 60 acre loch with pike and perch which is gradually being stocked with other species. Permits from Palakone Guest House, call 01671 402323. Google Map Reference 54.916925, -4.639091

Dabton Loch

Is a small loch in Drumlanrig Estate which is stocked with tench, for permits call 01848 600415. Google Map Reference 55.253145, -3.766806

Drumlockart Loch

At the Drumlockart Caravan Park offers free fishing for carp, roach and perch to residents, they have boats for hire too. Call 01776 870232. Google Map Reference 54.924241, -5.127094

Forest Lochs

Creebridge. perch, pike, rudd, roach, tench, call 01671 402420. Google Map Reference 55.123674, -4.424270

Eglington Park

Bream, roach, rudd, perch. Permits from the visitors centre, call 10294 551776. Google Map Reference 55.645433, -4.660374

Kelhead Quarry

Annan, Roach, rudd, perch, pike, bream, tench, carp call 01461 700344. Google Map Reference 55.132748, -3.190586

Lochs Heron and Ronald

(27 and over 100 acres respectively) near Kirkcowan on the 3 Lochs Estate, hold very good stocks of pike, perch, bream, rudd, roach and carp. The pike fishing is of a high quality with fish averaging 10 to 15lbs, the best to date being a fish of 39lbs. For further information call 01678 830304. Google Map Reference 54.946574, -4.703565

Loch Ken

Top notch coarse fish venue roach, perch, bream and pike, the Glenlaggan stretch of bank is very much favoured with 40 pegs available for competitions. Permits from local pubs and shops. Boats (with outboard) can be hired from Loch Ken Marina, call 01556 670402. Google Map Reference 55.022344, -4.073437

Lochrutton Loch

Near Dumfries. Bream, roach. No permit required. Google Map Reference 55.037966, -3.726712

Loch Stroan

5 miles from New Galloway is a pretty loch with extensive weed beds and lily pads holding Perch, Pike and Brown trout. Permits from Forest Enterprise call 01671 402420. Google Map Reference 55.037966, -3.726712

Monreith Loch

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Pike, to 20lbs+, roach and rudd. Disabled access along banks and on platforms. Permits call 01988 700248 or contact Palakona Guest house who run Craigshaw Fisheries. Google Map Reference 54.916925, -4.639091

Morton Loch

Like Dabton is on Drumlanrig Estate and is stocked with tench,for permits and information call 01848 600415. Google Map Reference 56.427561, -2.873431

Newton Loch

Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway. 20lb plus carp. Further information call 01557 840234. Google Map Reference 54.875996, -4.186875

Spectacle Lochs

In the Penninghame Forest are run by the Forestry Commission. The lochs are; Spectacle Loch, two lochs infact holding lots of small pike, good perch some roach, rudd, and tench: Garwachie Loch, with tench, roach, rudd, pike, perch: Eldrig Loch which has some good pike up to the high teens. Permits from Glenrazie Lodge, call 01671 402404. Google Map Reference 55.123687, -4.424260

Torwood House Hotel

Near Glenluce have two ponds containing roach, rudd, bream carp and tench (best tench 6lb 14ozs), the also have pike fishing on Loch Demalger. Permits from the hotel reception, call 01581 300468. Google Map Reference 55.561888, -3.443324

Woodhall Loch

An 80 acre loch with many bays holding good stocks of pike, perch and roach. Permits from Mossdale PO, call 01644450281. Google Map Reference 54.982423, -4.076157

East Lothian

Danskine Loch

Gifford. Carp, roach, perch. No access between October and March because of shooting. Call 0131 477 1804. Google Map Reference 55.900212, -2.695823



Kinghorn Loch

Pike, some large perch, and stories of specimen roach, carp and rumours of bream being present in this fine little clear water loch on the B923 just outside Kinghorn, permits from the Ecology Centre by the loch. Google Map Reference 56.073039, -3.192142

Lochgelly Loch

Pike, perch, roach, no permits required. Google Map Reference 56.118363, -3.283795


Hogganfield Park

Glasgow. Serious carp, roach, pike, perch, bream. Free but permit required, call 0141 287 5167. Google Map Reference 55.879925, -4.171499

Kilmardinny Loch

Bearsden. Perch and roach. Google Map Reference 55.927300, -4.323389

Loch Libo, Uplawmoor

Barrhead. 20lb plus carp. Permits, call 0141 776 7922. Google Map Reference 55.768972, -4.496852

Isle of Bute

Loch Ascog

Loch Ascog an Isle of Bute AA water Ascog is pike venue with fish up to 33lbs taken but there are good perch too (up to 3lb) there is an abundance of roach up to 4lbs! Camping is allowed but no fires. You can float tube too if you fancy having your tootsies dangling among 33lb pike! Good fly fishing for pike too and the pike aren't too fussy. For more details go to: http://isleofbuteanglingassociation.webs.com/ Google Map Reference 55.817360, -5.045172


Broadwood Loch

Cumbernauld. David Hamilton recently took a 20lb 10oz mirror carp out of here. Also bream and roach. No permit required. Google Map Reference 55.938130, -4.044581

Forester Burn Reservoir

Shotts, Lanarkshire. Roach, pike, perch, eels. No permit required. Google Map Reference 55.821047, -3.798200

Lanark Loch

Hyndford Road, Lanark some very large carp plus bream, roach, rudd and perch. Permits from the Recreation Officer, call 01555 894867. Google Map Reference 55.668457, -3.750681

Strathclyde Park

Motherwell. Roach, bream, perch, gudgeon, carp, tench. Permits from the rangers office include a nearby stretch of the River Clyde, call 01698 402060. Google Map Reference 55.785285, -4.014890

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

Has an interesting biology because it have two distinct environments. The northern half of the loch is a typical glacial formed, deep narrow highland loch while the southern end is shallow and more akin to a typical lowland loch. The southern environment suites coarse fish. There are roach, dace, rudd, pike and perch. There are also powan which you should return immediately if you catch them as they are very much an endangered species.

Loch Lomond is probably one of the best pike fishing venues anywhere. The loch is big, really big and you should search around for information about where to fish rather than waste your time plodding about. Someone once told me there were 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!

Balmaha is recommended as well as the area around Luss. Endrick Mouth where the monster pike skull was found is also a hot spot. There is excellent fishing in late spring when the coarse fish run up the Endrick to spawn.

Live bait is not allowed as in the past people have used ruffe which have have escaped or been dumped in he loch at the end of a fishing session and multiplied becoming a serious problem because they eat the eggs of native species of fish. Google Map Reference 56.088808, -4.588627


Duddingston Loch

In the Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh. There are serious carp in Duddingston Loch (Scottish record standard) as well as perch and roach. Free to fish but permission must be obtained from the park ranger office, this is a bird sanctuary. Google Map Reference 55.939843, -3.150901


Loch Earn

There is so much on offer here, for information about permits contact Loch Earn Fishings on 01764 8681257, permits from the St Fillans Post Office in Lochearnhead. Google Map Reference 56.384506, -4.227303

Dunmore Loch

Pitlochry. Tench, carp, perch, roach, pike, eels, crucian carp. Permits Mitchells of Pitlochry. Google Map Reference 56.711392, -3.765684


Castle Semple Loch

Kilwinnoch. Part of the Clyde Muirsheil Regional Park and run by the St Winnoch Anglng Club, there is fishing in Castle Semple and Barr Loch. 20lb + pike, roach, perch, eels. Permits from Country Sports, Paisley. Call 0141 889 5535. Google Map Reference 55.797793, -4.607454