Fishing in the Outer Hebrides

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  • An angler and ghillie walk back along the road to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle after an afternoon's fishing, North Harris
    An angler and ghillie walk back along the road to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle after an afternoon's fishing, North Harris
  • Fishing on board one of Hamish Taylor's Scenic Cruises, Outer Hebrides
    Fishing on board one of Hamish Taylor's Scenic Cruises, Outer Hebrides
  • Anglers fishing for wild brown trout on Lower Loch Bornish one of the Machair Lochs, South Uist, Outer Hebrides
    Anglers fishing for wild brown trout on Lower Loch Bornish one of the Machair Lochs, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

Whether fishing for Arctic char, brown trout, sea trout or salmon the Outer Hebrides offers some of the most varied and exciting angling anywhere in Europe. From a large group of friend casting from a boat to a solitary angler surrounded by unspoilt landscapes, the Outer Hebrides is sure to suit your needs.

Salmon Fishing

Those looking for an island fishing adventure should try fly fishing in the beautiful rivers and loch’s of one of the most prolific small salmon systems in Europe, Grimersta on the Isle of Lewis. Salmon, grilse and sea trout enter the river system from late May and can be caught until the season ends on 15 October.

Trout Fishing

The Outer Hebrides is famed for having some of the best trout fishing in Europe. With over 6000 lochs scattered around the wilderness landscape and many of them stocked with hard fighting wild brown trout the hardest decision will be choosing where to start. The brown trout season opens on the 15 March and closes on 6 October. If you find yourself on the island out of season then there are two fisheries stocked with rainbow trout.

Sea Fishing

Laid out in a long line in the Atlantic Ocean way off the west coast of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides is perfectly set up for sea and shore fishing. There is a vast array of species available throughout the year, such as cod from boat and beaches, along with haddock, whiting, thornbacks and 'flatties' such as sole.

For those seeking larger prey, try skate fishing where anglers on charter boats can go for common skate of over 200lbs. please contact Stornoway Sea Angling Club for tagging arrangements as common skate must be returned alive. Tope fishing is another exciting quarry, along with both conger eel and halibut.

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