Fishing in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley

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  • A couple fish from a small rowing boat on the calm waters of Loch Lomond
    Fishing, Loch Lomond
  • Looking along the River Teith to the partially restored remains of Doune Castle, Stirling
    Looking along the River Teith to the partially restored remains of Doune Castle, Stirling
  • An angler selecting a fishing fly at a trout fishery, near Stirling
    An angler selecting a fishing fly at a trout fishery, near Stirling
  • Lake of Menteith, Stirling
    Lake of Menteith, Stirling
  • Looking over the River Forth to the National Wallace Monument, Stirling.jpg
    Looking over the River Forth to the National Wallace Monument, Stirling

From the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde to the stunning canals, rivers and lochs of central Scotland, the varied landscape of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley offers anglers some of the best fishing in Europe.

Salmon fishing

Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley has a huge number of lochs and rivers which provide first-class salmon and sea trout fishing. Competitively priced permits are available from Stirling Council to fish on the Rivers Teith and Forth which are amongst the best salmon rivers in central Scotland. Thanks to the reintroduction of salmon stocks, the River Carron, near Falkirk, is quickly building a reputation as a fine salmon. There are also excellent fishing opportunities on Loch Lomond itself.

Trout fishing

The rivers and lochs of central Scotland are renowned for quality trout fishing, with the River Leven, which flows from Loch Lomond to the Clyde estuary at Dumbarton, one of country’s most challenging trout rivers.

Look out for the string of brown trout lochs set in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Forest Park with parking and inexpensive bank fishing or head out on the water for a spot of traditional Scottish boat fishing for wild brown trout and stocked rainbow trout. This is readily available at Lochearnhead and at the Carron Valley Reservoir in the Campsie Hills.

Loch Venachar offers brown trout fishing, as well as pike, salmon and sea trout fishing, in around 1,000 acres of water, west of Callander.

Coarse fishing

Coarse angling has become very popular across the region in recent years due to the quality and size of pike, perch and roach on offer. The Union Canal near Falkirk is also a top coarse fishing location while other opportunities abound along the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Loch Lomond and Lake of Menteith are synonymous with producing big course fish and both boast pike fishing to rival anywhere in the world. There is a wheelie boat provision at Lake of Menteith Fishery which provides fishing and boating opportunities for wheelchair users.

Sea fishing

The shore of Helensburgh & West Dunbartonshire offers unsurpassed opportunities for a wide variety of sea angling with pollock, mackerel, dogfish, flounder and silver eel regularly taken. Some of the best spots can be found round the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde at Helensburgh, Cove and Kilcreggan on the Rosneath Peninsula, and at Arrochar at the head of Loch Long.

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