For the adventurous trout fisherman, Shetland is a dream come true. A staggering 300 lochs and a supply of hard fighting brown trout will more than keep you busy. While most lochs contain only a natural wild population of fish, the Shetland Anglers’ Association operates a limited restocking programme.
The most popular method of fishing trout on the islands is by fly - spinning is also widely used, but some lochs are designated fly only. There are boats for hire on several of the most popular lochs and you will never be short of friendly advice and help.
Girlsta Loch - Shetland’s largest and deepest loch - is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is the only loch in Shetland where you can catch Arctic char. The island also has a reputation for exceptional sea trout fishing.
The deep waters off the Shetland Isles offer incredible sea fishing. Whether you are fishing for mackerel, ling or haddock, or want to take on the bigger challenge of halibut or porbeagle shark, Shetland’s waters are among the most promising and fruitful you'll find.
There are miles of rugged coastline and isolated islands that are ideal for shore fishing. You will often have the shoreline to yourself as most local sea anglers take to the boats. There are a number charter vessels operating from the island which offer fishing at wrecks and deep water reefs at competitive prices.