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  • A family on a fishing trip sail out into the Sound of Shuna from Loch Linnhe Marina
    A family on a fishing trip sail out into the Sound of Shuna from Loch Linnhe Marina
  • A fisherman walking along the banks of the River Orchy
    A fisherman walking along the banks of the River Orchy
  • Anglers fishing from the pier at Inverary on Loch Fyne, Argyll
    Anglers fishing from the pier at Inverary on Loch Fyne, Argyll
  • Two fisherman in a small boat on Loch Awe with Kilchurn Castle visible behind
    Two fisherman in a small boat on Loch Awe with Kilchurn Castle visible behind

The coastline around Argyll & The Isles is one of the most productive in the world and offers the course and sea angler, as well as the game fisherman, excellent fishing from both shore and boat, with stunning scenery to match.

Salmon fishing

The salmon rivers of Argyll are mostly spate rivers which are at their best after rain. The River Awe is perhaps Argyll’s premier salmon fishing river with around 400 fish caught a year while the picturesque River Orchy produces around 300 fish. The rivers Laggan, Sorn and Uisg an t-Suidhe on Islay all have good sized fish. The Isle of Mull also has a number of good spate streams, but the best of the salmon fishing can be found on the River Laggan.

Trout fishing

The remote Kilmelford hill lochs south of Oban are amongst some of the best trout lochs in Argyll while offering idyllic scenery. The mighty Loch Awe is famous for its huge ferox trout and currently holds the British record brown trout of 31lb 12oz. Rainbow trout 'escapees' are also caught in numbers, especially near the two fish farms. 

For the brown trout enthusiast, look no further than the lochs of Islay for outstanding and varied fishing. Take a boat out on the famous lochs of Gorm and Finlaggan or the deep loch of Ardnahoe which all contain a good stock of brown trout. Across on the Isle of Mull Loch Frisa and Loch Ba are popular for their hard-fighting trout. Permits are required for all loch fishing.

Coarse fishing

Loch Awe is famous across the country for its coarse fishing and in particular its monster pike. Pike over 35lbs have been caught and there are loads of big double figured fish to be had. Popular marks for pike fishing include Kilchurn Castle, Ford and Dalavich. Perch weighing over a 1lb are regularly caught during the summer months.

Sea angling

The waters around Argyll & The Isles are amongst some of the most productive in the world. With a coastline larger than that of  France this picturesque area offers superb angling opportunities for ling, conger, spurdog, coalfish, whiting and haddock and anglers have been known to catch common skate of over 200lbs.

Famed throughout the world for the quality of its seafood, Loch Fyne offers visiting anglers an incredible choice of fish. Head out on a small boat or cast your line from the shore and try for mackerel, hard-fighting pollack, or even mullet, if you’re skilful enough to trick them.

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