A to Z Guide of Where to Fish for Pike and Perch in Scotland
Aberdeenshire | Argyll | Ayrshire |Borders | Clyde | Dumfries and Galloway | Fife | Isle of Bute | Inverness-shire | Loch Lomond | North Ayrshire | Nairnshire | Ross and Cromarty | Stirlingshire | Perthshire | Wigtownshire
Near Dunecht outside Aberdeen has a good population of pike. The loch, an RSPB bird sanctuary, is described as highly eutrophic (due the the quantity of goose crap) so its best not to drink the water! Google Map Reference 57.156704, -2.354432
St Michaels Loch
4 miles from Collistone on the A975 Ellon to Collistone road is a deep little loch just half a mile long and about a quarter wide where John Branch - Evans caught a fish of 44lbs 9ozs using a Woolworths fishing kit that cost him 7 shillings and six pence (37.5p, remember those kits folks?) in the early 60s when he was a lad of 16. Go to www.pikezander.co.uk for the full story. According to the O/s map there is a loch by the road called Meikle Loch and I am guessing that's it. Sadly it appears that the RSPB has take over control of the loch and it is no longer available for fishing (Thanks to Lee Ellis for that update)
Isle of Bute AA have fishing on Loch Ascog for pike (record 33lbs) lots of perch and roach. Memebers only but they can take a guest. Camping out is allowed under strict rules. They have a boat for hire too. C & R only. Contact through thier web site.
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There are some awesome Pike in Loch Awe, the record is 35.5lbs. Here you might catch a record Pike or a record trout or char, just about everything grows big here! The loch offers good winter fishing in the weedy bays. Dead baits are good, mackeral, eel, sprats, sardines set on a wire trace with 2 or 3 trebles. Fly fishing is very popular using a standard 10 foot rod with a slow sink or sink tip line and streamer flies tied with white or yellow maribou size 6 - 8. Spinning a plug can be productive but trolling is restricted to the trout season using lures of 5" or more. Favoured marks are around Kilchum Castle, Ford and Dalavich. Contact Loch Awe Boats on 01886 833256.
Google Map Reference 56.294738, -5.230774
Fishing for brown trout, arctic char, pike and perch on this 6 mile long loch. From what I can see there the is no charge for fishing on the loch. Always best to ask around locally just incase.
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St Mary's Loch (and Loch of Lowes)
Fishing for wild brown trout, pike, perch and eels on this Borders gem of a loch. Bank or boat fishing, they have 14ft and 16ft boats for hire at very reasonable rates. Largest trout was in 2009 weighing in at 8lbs 6ozs. Any legal method allowed, they say to use a wire trace if spinning because the chances of a pike are high.
As for pike the potential is great. Lots of good pike dead bait is allowed, fly works too, and trawling a rapala seems to work very well.
Permits are very reasonably priced kids under 12 go free and youths 12 to 16 pay £2, well done.
By preference they would like you to buy your permit from the new keeper, but if you can't do so pernits are sold at the Glen Cafe, Tibbie Sheils Inn, The Gordon Arms, Turnbulls in Galashiels, and Fishers in Penicuik. Call the keeper on 07980350031
Google Map Reference 56.089071, -4.590862
8 miles of fishing for brown trout fishing, they also have withing this stretch 2 salmon beats, Sligo from Newton Bridge to Battle Bridge RH bank and Crown Lease from Bothwell Bridge to Dalmarnock Bridge DD (alny leagal method. no prawn). The river holds good stcks og grayling and some good pike. There are also numbers of coarse fish, barbel, perch, dace and raoch. For salmon permits contact the Treasurer on 01698 889472. Brown trout, grayling, coase fish and pike permits from:
Glasgow Angling Centre
Hooked in Scotland
Tel: 0141 778 6600
The Village Store.
Blantyre Newsagents, 248 Glasgow Road Telephone 01698 823249
60 Coatshill Avenue
Collins Newsagents, 179 Stonefield Road.
Google Map Reference 55.796467, -4.055296
Near Dumfries on the side of the A75 holds bream, perch and pike, permits from the Lochview Motel call 01556 690281. Day permits and boat hire, bring your own boat (there is a fee to launch). The A75 runs alongside the south side of the loch so access is easy.
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Castle Douglas. Pike, perch. No permit required. Google Map Reference 54.930471, -3.931284
Mixed coarse fishing. Permits from Lochmaben, Post office. Google Map Reference 55.120317, -3.433183
Creebridge. perch, pike, rudd, roach, tench, call the Forest Park Office in Creebridge on 0300 067 6800.
Google Map Reference 55.123674, -4.424270
Located near Newton Stewart on the B7027 this loch holds good pike to 20lb plus.
Permits from Galloway Forestry Park call 03000676800.
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A Forestry Commision water offering fishing for trout and coarse fish (roach, bream, perch, pike). Annual and day tickets from the Post Office in Staiton and Newton Stewart AA or from the the Galloway Forest Park office in Creebridge. (take a pasport sized photo with you if buying an annual ticket).
Google Map Reference 55.243178, -4.482654
Lots of smaillish pike plus perch and roach in this loch near Newton Stewart.
Permits from the Galloway Forest Park Office call 03000676800.
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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
New Galloway AA has fishing on the river Ken, Loch Stroan and Loch Ken. River Ken; Brown trout and occasional salmon C&R applies all season) also some pike, roach and perch. Loch Ken: Brown trout, pike perch, roach, bream. Loch Stoan; Brown trout, pike and perch. Spinning and bait allowed but no maggots.
Day tickets available from New Galloway Community Shop the Post Office in New Galloway or Glenafton Store in Mossdale.
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-4.140645 Checked 02/07/18
8 miles east from Dumfries, three lochs with Pike one of which, Castle Loch, has the Scottish record for tench. All round coarse fishing here. Google Map Reference 55.120317, -3.433183
Not far of the A75 on the Old military Road near Dumfries. Bream, roach and good pike. No permit required.
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5 miles from New Galloway is a pretty loch, attached the Black Waters of Dee,with extensive weed beds and lily pads holding Perch, Pike and Brown trout. Permits from Galloway Forest Park call 03000676800
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Located near Annan this former quarry is stocked well with roach, rudd, perch, pike, bream, tench, carp call 01461 700344 for permits, 40 pegs.
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(Also know as White Loch of Myrton) 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
Pike, no permits required. Google Map Reference 55.134431, -3.448057
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
Whitefield Loch a 60 acre loch with pike and perch with some good roach. New platforms and good disabled access. Call 01581 300697
Google Map Ref 54.857512, -4.750709 (parking here close to the loch with made path and fishing platforms.
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
Pike and stories of some very big Perch and roach, carp and bream, permits from the Ecology Centre by the loch. Google Map Reference 56.072872, -3.192062
Pike and Perch (roach), no permits required. Google Map Reference 56.119001, -3.287453
Fishing November, December, January and February. Pike to 35lbs taken recently, call 01700 504871. Google Map Reference 55.811127, -5.069636
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 on membership call the Isle of Bute Club Secretary on 07734263591.
Google Map Reference 55.817360, -5.045172
Big Dhu and Wee Dhu Lochs
Pike and perch, float tubing allowed. For more details on membership call the Isle of Bute Club Secretary on 07734263591.
Google Map Ref Big 55.809164, -5.089798 Wee 55.816398, -5.079327
Wild brown trout and some exceptional pike as well as char. Permits from Alvie Estate Office call 01540 651255 or from the Dalraddy Caravan Park 01479 810330.
Google Map Reference 57.163274, -3.876334
Brown trout, pike (30lb+) and ferox (up to double figures) on this large loch. Bank and boat fishing available. Fish the shallow sandy margins for trout (av three quartes of a pound) Trawl in the deep water for ferox but some ferox even fall to the fly here.
The pike are big.
Permits from the Honesty Box at the pier on the loch or call 01397 / 712116 / 07879437471
Loch Ceo Glais
Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 57.327503, -4.346502
Loch nan Geadas, permits 0845743 7437. Google Map Reference 57.353649, -4.289913
South Loch Ness on the A862 west of Inverness. Google Map Reference 57.379057, -4.335427
At 1100 acres and up to 200 feet deep Loch Gary is a challenging bit of water to fish but it contains some whoppers. One upon a time it held the record for the largest fly caught brown trout. The loch has brown trout, ferox, pike, char and some salmon so you can have interesting times on any day if you know where to go. Large trout over 45cm are to be returned however facilities on the boats are provided to minimise stress to the fish, great idea in this selfie mad world where fish are often man handled too much before being released.
There are variety of boats available from 16ft with a cuddy to canoes! Safety on a big water is essential so equipment is provided along with powerful outboards. In the Highlands stormy weather can arrive in minutes, it's always good to know you have boats designed to cope. For bookings contact Mark on 07770 541496. Guiding services are available.
Google Map Reference 57.078474, -4.862546
Is just like a massive pool on the river Spey consisting of great swaths of extensive wetlands and weedy shallows which makes access to much of the bank difficult to impossible (or unsafe). The nature of the loch makes it a serious pike fishery with fish over 30lb every year. There also brown trout, char and salmon.
For permits and boat hire (2 boats , outboards for hire extra) call Loch Insh Outdoor Centre on 01540 651272. Google Map Reference 57.120617, -3.929378
Someone of my acquaintance from the area was fly fishing for trout on Morlich a couple of years ago when, as he described it, a log came alive and snapped up a trout he was playing, end of story with a 4lb leader. He was a very experienced angler not prone to exaggeration, loath to put a weight to the fish but he described the fish as truly massive. Permits 01479 861220. Google Map Reference 57.163254, -3.711113
A picturesque and productive Pike fishery just a few miles out of Aviemore on the south side of the river which holds Pike and brown trout, permits from Rothiemurchus Estate, 01479 861220. Google Map Reference 57.201956, -3.788361
Between Loch Lochy and Loch Ness on the A82. Google Map Reference 57.070061, -4.794479
Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 56.974155, -4.896636
Pike, free fishing but contact Tomdoun Sporting Lodge Hotel for access, 01809 511218. Google Map Reference 57.100124, -5.030922
Pike, no permit required but call 018809 501287 for local rules. Google Map Reference 57.066981, -4.772849
On A84 Newtonmore to Spean Bridge, Pike along the road side bank, for permits call 01540 661645 (allows fishing for Pike on the Spey and Lochan Uvie). Google Map Reference 57.070061, -4.794479
A82 east of Fort William. Google Map Reference 56.892405, -4.920166
Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 56.803959, -4.732174
There are good Pike in Loch Ness but it is such a vast loch you really need to ask around locally for information, there are concerns about salmon stocks and restrictions do apply. Google Map Reference 57.336600, -4.413727
Loch nam Bat
Milton nr Drumnadrochit. Pike, no permit required.
Big Pike, small Pike, some that could bite off yer 'ead off! But why? Loch Lomond does have an interesting biology because it has two distinct characters, highland and lowland loch. The northern half of the loch is a typical deep highland loch while the southern end is shallow and more akin to a typical lowland loch. There are salmon, sea trout, brown trout and coarse fish, a veritable smorgasbord of food for predatory Pike. All this means that Loch Lomond is probably one of the best Pike fishing venues any where.
The loch is big, really big so you should search around for information about where to fish rather than waste your time plodding about. Someone once told me there are 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, there is an awful lot of water cover. Balmaha is recommended as well the area around Luss, Cronin Bay, Ardlui in the north end of the Loch and Balloch and Arden in the south. Endrick Mouth, where the monster Pike skull was found, is also a hot spot ( the famed Endrick pike found dead in 1934 at the mouth of the Endrick, estimates range between 50 to 70lbs).
Both the river Leven and the Endrick hold good pike. Live bait is not allowed as in the past people have used ruffe which have have escaped and multiplied becoming a serious problem because they eat the eggs of other native species of fish.
Membership applications to the Secretary, Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association, PO box 3559, Glasgow, G71 7SJ or call 0141 781 1545.
For permits go to http://www.lochlomondangling.com/permits they have sellers all over Central Scotland.
6.5 hectares in Eglinton Country Park, containing bream, roach, rudd, perch and pike, occasion carp and tench. Wooden walkways suitable dos people with disabilities. There is a camp site in the park and access to toilets, washing facilities and a cafe. Year and half year tickets available (not expensive) and reductions for juniors. Permits from the visitors centre, call 01294 551776.
Google Map Reference 55.641214, -4.671843
Dorres, Perch, 01667 404377. Google Map Reference 57.547268, -3.857699
Near Butterstone. The fishing is free at present with 20 plus pound fish on record and rumours of a monster lurking around the Island monastery, I'm told a diver went looking for it and came face to face, he got out of the water double quick, face white as a sheet. Lucky he was in a wet suit, avoids pollution! A local game keeper had a three legged dog, the fourth leg is in a Clunie Pike. Scary stuff, wading might not be advisable without cast iron pants! On my visit I saw several Pike rolling on the surface and I recon this would be a good fly venue. Google Map Reference 56.581453, -3.443658
Near Kinloch Rannoch is reputed to hold some very large Pike. Fishing is boat only, don't be tempted to loiter on the bank as the loch rises quickly without warning when the hydro board release water from loch Rannoch. The loch is a trout venue so I am unsure what the deal is with pike as the loch is fly only. Enquiries call 01882 632354.
Google Map Reference 56.699058, -4.127254
Again a very large deep loch with untapped potential. For information about permits contact Loch Earn Fishings on 01764 8681257, permits from the St Fillans Post Office in Lochearnhead. Google Map Reference 56.384923, -4.222347
A small hydro electric loch near Rannoch Station (Rannoch Moor) Perch and some nice little trout and occasional salmon, permit call 07570080579. Google Map Reference 56.679169, -4.531129
Big pike and good perch on this large loch in the hills above Trinafour. Permits from the Countrystore in Kinloch Rannoch.
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Pitlochry. Pike and Perch. Permits 01796 472919. Google Map Reference 56.706366, -3.750839
Pike. Call the Dunalastair Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, 01882 632323. Google Map Reference 56.517683, -3.848185
Pike and Perch. The east end of the loch near Bridge of Gaur is noted for Pike especially in the water that was once the course of the Gaur before the loch water level was raised by the hydro electric scheme, permits from the Countrystore in Kinloch Rannoch.
Google Map Reference 56.685807, -4.427126
Yet an other great Pike venue but like Loch Lomond it is so big you really need local advice. Permits to fish are available from Kenmore Post office and the caravan site. Google Map Reference 56.515170, -4.150792
Pike and Perch. Big Pike water in stunning scenery, permits £3 per day, call 10796 472613. Google Map Reference 56.709579, -3.947889
Holds a first class population of Pike up to specimen size, The biggest so far scaled in at 42lbs taken in 2002 and it is believed there is a record size fish out there just waiting to be had. Fly fishing for Pike has become very popular and fish to 20lb plus have been taken on single handed rods. Spinning and dead bait fishing are very effective methods for the loch. Permits cost £5 Mon to Fri and £6 Sat and Sunday. There are also boats with outboards for hire. Contact Trossachs Leisure on 01887 330011. Google Map Reference 56.219481, -4.301854
Loch Crann, Loch Gowan, Pike, Achnasheen, A832 junction with A890, no permit required. Google Map Reference 57.576408, -5.143587
Dingwall, 16 miles north of Inverness on the A9 then A835. Pike and Perch, permits 01349 865505. Google Map Reference 57.579791, -4.502999
Loch Achnalt, Loch a Chuilinn, Loch Luichart, Loch Garve, Pike 25 miles north west of Inverness on the A832. Pike and Perch, no permits required. Google Map Reference 57.712044, -4.831188
Loch Badan Scalaig
Gairloch, west coast on the A832. Pike, permits 01445 712458. Google Map Reference 57.728809, -5.693999
Loch Achaidh na h-inich
Plockton, Past Kyle of Lochalsh on the A 87. Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 57.315961, -5.633701
Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park
Pike and Perch (Scottish record for Perch taken here) one mile from Aberfoyle. Permits from the newsagents in Kinlochard, £2.50. Google Map Reference 56.184597, -4.473560
Pike and Perch, 6 miles west of Aberfoyle on the B829, permits from Forest Enterprises, Aberfoyle, 01877 382383. Google Map Reference 56.212960, -4.548319
Newton Stewart Pike, permits £5 per day £25 per week from local shops. Google Map Reference 54.945602, -4.701888
Newton Stewart Pike, permits £5 per day £25 per week from local shops. Google Map Reference 54.948100, -4.699313
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