Where to Fish for Coarse Fish in Scotland, Rivers and Canals

Where to Fish for Coarse Fish in Scotland Rivers And Canals

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Rivers with Coarse Fish

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The Tweed holds good stocks of course fish, the Scottish record dace was caught here at Coldstream.


Course fishing in the town water. Google Map Reference 55.651793, -2.248799

Ladykirk and Norham AA

Have two miles of double bank, permits from the Victoria Hotel, call 01289 382437, or the Mason Arms, call 01280 382326. Google Map Reference 55.722012, -2.169621


River Leven

Llarge shoals of dace as well as perch, roach, pike and eels. Fishing is free for course fish. Google Map Reference 55.942790, -4.573020

Dumfries and Galloway


Some quality chub fishing. For fishing at Newbie, call 01461 202608. Google Map Reference 54.981597, -3.272190


Good fishing in the lower reaches below Dalmarnock Bridge down to the tidal reaches. Roach, dace in large shoals, bream, perch, eels, chub, barbel. Fishing is free within the city limits. Google Map Reference 55.833217, -4.220497

River Ken near Dalry

The Darly AA have a 1.5 mile stretch of river offering brown trout and perch fishing, 4 fish limit but any method except live bait. Permits, call 01644 430539. Google Map Reference 55.079973, -4.131525

West Bank

Below Ken Bridge, brown trout, pike and perch, permits from Hopkins Grocers in new Galloway. Watch out for sudden rises in water levels when the Hydro scheme is generating. Google Map Reference 55.079973, -4.131525


Newmills Trout Fishery

One pond stocked with carp, tench, rudd and roach, For permits contact Newmills Trout and Deer Park, Cleghorn, Lanark, ML11 7SL, call 01555 870730. Google Map Reference 56.465368, -4.315728


River Dochart

Roach, pike, perch. News First, Killin, call 01567 820362. Google Map Reference 56.465092, -4.316032

River Lochay

News First, Killin, call 01567 820362. Google Map Reference 56.478045, -4.322777

Tay at Perth

Good fishing for large roach around Perth Harbour and in the tidal reaches of the river although there are course fish throughout the length of the Tay but salmon fishing interests seriously restrict access. Google Map Reference 56.382026, -3.424874

Perth & District Angling Association

Offer permits for course fishing on several stretches of the river, permits from Mallochs in Perth, Ballinluig Inn, Kettles in Dunkeld. Google Map Reference 56.382026, -3.424874

River Isla

Blairgowrie. Roach, perch, pike, call 01250873990. Google Map Reference 56.527690, -3.362325


River Forth

Dace, roach, pike, perch. Good fishing in the tidal reaches around Stirling. Permits from D. Crocketts, Stirling, 01786 465517. Google Map Reference 56.138034, -3.981009


Forth and Clyde Canal

After completion of a £78 million reinstatement project the Forth and Clyde canal is in excellent condition offering fishing along its 35 mile length from Glasgow to Grangemouth. There is good fishing for roach, rudd, gudgeon, carp, pike, perch, and excellent tench. The Firhill Basin in Glasgow is noted for serious carp with fish over the 20lb mark being taken. Fishing is administered by the Lowland Canal Angling Partnership. For permits call 01324 671217. Google Map Reference 55.947408, -4.135353

Union Canal

From Falkirk to Edinburgh. The same details as for the Forth and Clyde canal apply Google Map Reference 55.923636, -3.378411

Monklands Canal

Drumpellier Park, Coatbridge. Large elusive carp and bream. Check with the rangers office for permission. Google Map Reference 55.863981, -4.060179