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  • An angler fishing on Rescobie Loch, Angus
    Rescobie Loch, Angus
  • Loch Heath, a popular fishing loch in Glen Clova
    Loch Heath, a popular fishing loch in Glen Clova
  • Angling on the loch at Monikie Country Park
    Angling on the loch at Monikie Country Park

Dundee & Angus offers challenging and satisfying angling on rivers and lochs, and on the sea and shore. Two major assets are the Rivers North and South Esk, which run from their rising in the hills through the county to the sea, and provide opportunities for anglers of most abilities, from spring to autumn.

River fishing

In the right conditions there is great sport to be had on the North Esk, which is formed by the Water of Mark and the Lee. The North Esk rises at Loch Lee and enters the sea 3 miles north of Montrose on Scotland's east coast. Although smaller than its neighbours the Dee and the Tay, it is a first class salmon and sea trout river, with many anglers returning year after year to fish it.

From its source in the Grampian Mountains, the South Esk runs some 49 miles through Glen Doll and Clova onwards, winding its way through the beautiful scenery of the Vale of Strathmore, through Brechin, to Montrose Basin and the sea. You can fish the South Esk for sea trout in the summer. In the right weather, the river's salmon runs are good in the spring and excellent in the autumn.

Shore fishing

Experience shore fishing in Angus from stunning beaches, amongst spectacular cliff scenery or by charter boat. Angus is a microcosm of Scotland's east coast shore fishing environment - rugged rocky shelved coastline, with sandy beaches and coves.

From June until mid August, catch flounder, dab and some plaice on the estuaries and beaches. From August until November fish from Arbroath northward for cod, pollack and coalfish, and flounder.

But the best time for catching cod, large flounder or school bass is November through until mid-February along the whole of the east coast. It is said that for the biggest catches, look for a strong easterly or northerly wind direction.


Trout fisheries are prominent in Angus offering excellent facilities often with professional instruction providing an ideal introduction to angling.

The Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort, just a 20 minute drive north of Dundee, offers trout fishing with bait and fly-fishing on four well-stocked pools all year round and attracts around 10,000 anglers annually. Catches vary according to the season and pool, from fighting trout of 1lb to fish of over 20lbs with pools have fishing piers and some also have guard rails. If you’re feeling lucky there is an on-going fishing competition with prizes.

To the west of Dundee, the Piperdam Resort has prime fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout on 40 acres of loch and offers the perfect environment for expert and amateur alike. There is also a children’s fishing pool for the kid’s to get involved too.