The return of hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon each year to spawn in the country’s rivers attracts anglers from all over the globe, who come to enjoy world-class fishing in some of the most scenic areas of the country. Thanks to their size, speed and striking beauty, the rivers Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed are amongst the most prolific and beautiful salmon rivers in the world. Fishing for salmon is generally by fly only.
Scotland offers some of the best trout and grayling fishing in Europe. The variety of species range from migratory sea trout, to the wild brown trout of the country’s lochs, rivers and streams and the stocked rainbow trout found in our many fisheries.
You will find a wide variety of fishable trout rivers throughout the country from the large famous fishing rivers of the Annan and Tweed in the south and the Don and the Tummel in the east. Excellent fishing can also be found on the smaller spate rivers of the Highlands and islands, to the large reservoirs in the central belt and the smaller lochs dotted around the country. In fact you will discover almost every loch in the country has fine trout fishing.
Coarse angling includes fishing for pike, carp, perch, roach and any other freshwater fish other than salmon and trout.
Scottish pike are internationally renowned for their size and quality - fish over 20 pounds are regularly caught. Pike are widely distributed throughout the mainland, and Loch Lomond, Loch Awe and Loch Ken all produce big pike and top catches. Find out more about pike angling at the Pike Anglers Alliance for Scotland website.
Carp fishing is becoming increasingly popular, especially in the central areas and in Dumfries & Galloway. Other coarse species include bream, chub, eel, gudgeon, rudd and tench. The rivers and lochs around Dumfries & Galloway offer some of the best coarse fishing in Scotland and three records for the largest chub, bream and tench have been set in the waters around Lochmaben.
Scotland’s 11,800 km of shore line provides fantastic boat and shore fishing throughout the year. Try catching cod and pollock, both provide exciting fishing from the shore, and look out for bass which is now found regularly around the country.
If you are looking for larger catch, charter a boat to take you in search of whiting, ling, conger, spurdog, coalfish, haddock, porbeagle shark and the infamous giant skate.