Where to Fish for Pike A to Z

A to Z Guide of Where to Fish for Pike and Perch in Scotland

Aberdeenshire | Argyll | Borders | Dumfries and Galloway | Fife | Isle of ButeInverness-shire | Loch Lomond | Nairnshire | Ross and Cromarty | Stirlingshire | Perthshire | Wigtownshire


Loch Skene

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)

Argyll and Bute


Loch Awe

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


Pike in the heart of Edinburgh, Duddingston Loch

St Mary's Loch

Run by St Marys Loch AC, boat (no outboards for hire byo up to 5HP) and bank fishing. Permits from the H Brown the Keeper, call 01361 883466 or 01750 42243. Google Map Reference 56.089071, -4.590862

Loch Lomond


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.

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. Boats can hired at a number of locations particularly in Balloch and Balmaha. Google Map Reference 6.089071, -4.590862

Dumfries and Galloway

Auchenrech Loch

Pike fishing available from the bank and from boats, call 01556 690277.

Loch Ken

Pike, where the biggest Pike in history, 72Lbs, was caught in 1884. Permits from local pubs and shops. Boats (with outboard) can be hired from Loch Ken Marina call 01556670402.

Loch Rutten

Near Dumfries, pike, no permits required. Google Map Reference 55.023953, -3.849209


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

Castle Loch

Mixed coarse fishing. Permits from Lochmaben, Post office. Google Map Reference 55.120317, -3.433183

Mill Loch

Pike, no permits required. Google Map Reference 55.134431, -3.448057

Kinmount Lake

Good Pike, call 01576 300244.

Kirk Loch

Pike, no permits required. Google Map Reference 55.124910, -3.447044


Kinghorn Loch

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

Lochgelly Loch

Pike and Perch (roach), no permits required. Google Map Reference 56.119001, -3.287453

Isle of Bute

Loch Fad

Fishing November, December, January and February. Pike to 35lbs taken recently, call 01700 504871. Google Map Reference 55.811127, -5.069636


Loch Alvie

Pike, there are some first class Pike in Alvie well into the twenties, dead baits, plugs and spinners and the fly work well. Permits from Alvie Estate call 01540 651255 or from the shop at Dalraddy caravan site. Google Map Reference 57.163051, -3.874158

Loch Arkaig

No live bait fish allowed, permits from the Rod and Gun Shop. Google Map Reference 56.970867, -5.149378

Loch Ceo Glais

Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 57.327503, -4.346502

Loch Duntelchaig

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

Loch Garry

Pike. For bookings contact Mark on 07770 541496. Google Map Reference 57.074089, -4.926232

Loch Insh

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 into the upper twenties on record. For permits and boat hire call 01540 651272. Google Map Reference 57.120617, -3.929378

Loch Morlich

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

Loch Pityoulish

Loch Pityoulish

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

Loch Lochy

Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 56.974155, -4.896636

Loch Loyne

Pike, free fishing but contact Tomdoun Sporting Lodge Hotel for access, 01809 511218. Google Map Reference 57.100124, -5.030922

Lock Oich

Pike, no permit required but call 018809 501287 for local rules. Google Map Reference 57.066981, -4.772849

Loch Laggan

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

Spean Bridge

A82 east of Fort William. Google Map Reference 56.892405, -4.920166

Loch Treig

Pike, no permit required. Google Map Reference 56.803959, -4.732174

Loch Ness

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.


Geddes Fishery

Dorres, Perch, 01667 404377. Google Map Reference 57.547268, -3.857699


Loch Clunie

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

Dunalastair Loch

Grant's 24 pounder from Butterstone

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 but permits are issued from the Dunalastair Hotel in Kinloch Rannoch, call 01882 632323. Google Map Reference 56.699058, -4.127254

Loch Earn

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

Loch Eigheoch

A small hydro electric loch near Rannoch Station (Rannoch Moor) Perch and some nice little trout and occasional salmon, no permit required. Google Map Reference 56.679169, -4.531129

Loch Errochty

No information at present. Google Map Reference 56.759403, -4.145966

Loch Faskally

Pitlochry. Pike and Perch. Permits 01796 472919. Google Map Reference 56.706366, -3.750839

Loch Freuchie

Pike. Call the Dunalastair Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, 01882 632323. Google Map Reference 56.517683, -3.848185

Loch Rannoch

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 Dunalastair Hotel, Kinloch Rannoch, £4 per day, call 01882 632323. Google Map Reference 56.685807, -4.427126

Loch Tay

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

Loch Tummel

Pike and Perch. Big Pike water in stunning scenery, permits £3 per day, call 10796 472613. Google Map Reference 56.709579, -3.947889

Loch Vennacher

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

Ross and Cromarty

Loch Chroisg

Loch Crann, Loch Gowan, Pike, Achnasheen, A832 junction with A890, no permit required. Google Map Reference 57.576408, -5.143587

Loch Ussie

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 Glascarnoch

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

Loch Ard

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

Loch Chon

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


Loch Ronald

Newton Stewart Pike, permits £5 per day £25 per week from local shops. Google Map Reference 54.945602, -4.701888

Loch Heron

Newton Stewart Pike, permits £5 per day £25 per week from local shops. Google Map Reference 54.948100, -4.699313

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