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NetFrog
24-05-2012, 18:38
After an excellent weekend wild camping and fishing over at Loch Lochy where I ate loads of trout :D I am trying to find out what other lochs in Scotland are available for free fishing, there seems to be a lot of debate on what "Free fishing" is but regardless of that there certainly seem to be places where you can strike out with a rod no problem at all. However finding a list of such places is nigh on impossible.

So far I have:

Loch Lochy in the Great Glen - Confirmed FREE (http://www.fortwilliamfishing.com/index_files/Page711.htm)
Loch Doon in S.W. Scotland - Confirmed FREE (http://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/activities/fishing/ayrshire-arran-clyde/loch-doon)
Loch Skeen in S. Scotland - Confirmed FREE (http://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/activities/fishing/dumfries-galloway/loch-skeen)
Loch Ba on Rannoch Moor - Confirmed FREE (http://wheretofish.spinfish.co.uk/wtfwildbrowntrout/wtfwildbtlochsperth.html)
Loch Treig W. Scotland - Confirmed FREE (http://wheretofish.spinfish.co.uk/wtfwildbrowntrout/wtfwildbtlochsinverness.html#L och_Treig)
Mill Loch and Kirk Loch at Lochmaben Confirmed FREE (http://www.lochmaben.org.uk/activities/sport/fishing.html)
Lochrutton Loch at Lochfoot Confirmed FREE (http://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/activities/fishing/dumfries-galloway/lochrutton)
Loch Arthur near Beeswing - Confirmed FREE (http://www.fishing.reeleminofdumfries .com/)
Lochindorb - confirmed FREE (http://www.forresweb.net/activities/fishing.htm).
Loch Etive, glencoe

A search on "no permit required" on the welcome to Scotland site brings the following results for free fishing in Scotland

http://www.welcometoscotland.com/search?q=no+permit+required&nm_search_go.x=0&nm_search_go.y=0

Anyone have any others they can contribute?

Cheers

gsfgaz
24-05-2012, 20:04
Loch Etive , glencoe ... there is'nt a lot free in Scotland bud we have to pay through the nose ...

NetFrog
24-05-2012, 21:53
Loch Etive , glencoe ... there is'nt a lot free in Scotland bud we have to pay through the nose ...

Loch Etive seems to be free as it is tidal, added it to me list :-)

Planning on trying my hand at beachcasting this year, at least there is no shortage of the free stuff for that!

Ichneumon
24-05-2012, 22:07
Nice work Mr. Frog. I have often wondered about this, so very useful. How certain are you?

NetFrog
24-05-2012, 22:15
Nice work Mr. Frog. I have often wondered about this, so very useful. How certain are you?

Not so certain about them all that I would bet my life on it! ;-) I would definitely recommend researching any you were interested in before setting off with all your kit but I plan to try them all this year assuming none of them come a cropper for permits. As Loch Garry, Lochy and Treig are so close to each other they are all worth a punt. I caught some decent brownies in Loch Lochy from the shore, the biggest one got away of course when it snapped my line... Must have been HUGE :P

Some of the lochs round there have blue green algae blooms so you don't want to drink the water on any overnight trips there, in fact after looking into the algae blooms I think I have been put off all loch water for life :x

NetFrog
24-05-2012, 23:01
OK updated my OP with some confirmations and links!

Ichneumon
24-05-2012, 23:42
goodjob Respect! Mr. Frog.

DavidJT
25-05-2012, 21:54
"Free" except for an annual national fishing license on non-tidal waters.
The sea is free pretty much everywhere.

Deck
25-05-2012, 22:00
CHeers for sharing Mr Frog! Not sure about Lochindorb though, I'm sure I read somewhere that there are new owners and that fishing from the bank is no longer free. Anyone able to shed any light on this?

Ichneumon
25-05-2012, 22:11
National fishing licence? In a civilised country like Scotand? Did this plague spread north the The border? :)

NetFrog
25-05-2012, 22:21
I'll give them a call tomorrow and find out. That is the problem, any of these places could change their policies or gain new owners at any time. It's nice to have a list but I would go about looking at any on the list in more depth before heading straight over to fish. The worst that would happen is a Baliff or land owner says boo to you but the whole point is to be able to relax!

BTW Deck - I'm in Moray too. Good to see someone local! :-)


CHeers for sharing Mr Frog! Not sure about Lochindorb though, I'm sure I read somewhere that there are new owners and that fishing from the bank is no longer free. Anyone able to shed any light on this?

Deck
26-05-2012, 12:53
I have just phoned the game keeper for the Logie Estate and it is free to fish. They only ask that you keep away from the wooded area and that you watch out for nesting birds. Think I might have to take a trip up there later! Sorry for any confusion I caused and hope this clears things up.

21st century pict
26-05-2012, 12:56
Hi Deck
Just read your post on Lochindord, new owner’s mmmmm.
Well formally Lochindorb was free fishing from the bank only, and on the loch you had to hire their boats.
The Elgin tackle shop is the place to ask, next time I’m in there I’ll let you and Netfrog know for sure one way or the other...

Deck
27-05-2012, 01:02
Hi Deck
Just read your post on Lochindord, new owner’s mmmmm.
Well formally Lochindorb was free fishing from the bank only, and on the loch you had to hire their boats.
The Elgin tackle shop is the place to ask, next time I’m in there I’ll let you and Netfrog know for sure one way or the other...

Cheers Pict
I phoned the game keeper at Lochindorb earlier today and fishing from the bank is stil free. Took a trip there today and caught some lovely brownies to about half a pound. Was a smashing day for it and there were plenty of people fishing there. The game keepers were driving about for most of the day and they showed no interest in those fishing, nor in those camping. Would be nice to see people clear up their disposable BBQs but then that's a different rant altogether!

Bbioy_Rusty
04-02-2013, 20:06
Nice touch putting the Loch's up that are available to be fished freely. As far as rod licence I am under the impression thatís not required for Scotland unless thereís been recent changes. On another note when walking the Great glen way I popped into the angling shop in Inverness, inquiring where I stand and was told that if thereís no signs saying permit only or private then fish it! And if its not the case that its free all you do when question is obviously state you were unaware due to their being no signs apologise and swiftly move on lol.

bignige
24-02-2013, 19:57
hi guys im looking to do some fishing in scotland in august for trout and pike can anybody recommend some good lochs where we can camp and fish on the bankside many thanks nigel

21st century pict
04-03-2013, 20:33
Loch Lochy on the Great Glen.. August.. take plenty o avon SSS and a head net Bro.
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/1795/greatglenlochlochy.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/greatglenlochlochy.jpg/)

boatman
04-03-2013, 20:50
Note that there is free fishing in England even on famous rivers like the River Kennet in Berkshire, within certain boundaries in the former boroughs of Newbury and Reading for example. There are some sited further outside towns elsewhere but I don't have the details.
Here is information on the River Thames

http://www.visitthames.co.uk/things-to-do/fishing/free-fishing

please check but this site is optimistic


http://www.dofreefishing.com/

bopdude
04-03-2013, 21:13
MMmmmmm, very interesting, when you say free fishing ( apart from a license ) that is very good news, what sort of baits are allowed ..all ? fly ? very interested to know please if anyone can shed light on the subject, thanks.

treetop57
04-03-2013, 22:21
hi guys im looking to do some fishing in scotland in august for trout and pike can anybody recommend some good lochs where we can camp and fish on the bankside many thanks nigel
try loch urr in dumfrieshire near moniave for pike free

Dave
04-03-2013, 22:33
I caught some decent brownies in Loch Lochy from the shore........



I did the great glen in the canoe a few years ago, and never caught a thing on Loch Lochy. Was using a no5 spoon. What rod/bait/lure were you using?

21st century pict
05-03-2013, 15:14
You can’t beat worms, but spinners or the fly should work just fine, I was after trout, I tried using a flower and sardine oil mix with some day glow beads for bate, but I didn’t catch anything on that but perhaps by then I’d run out o luck. Can’t recommend any pike gear, never tried fishing for them, apparently very poor eating, but I wouldn’t say no to a good fight all the same, most o the guys I see seem to fish for the pike at night. I think Prawns and semtex are a no no.

BJJJ
05-03-2013, 15:22
You can’t beat worms, but spinners or the fly should work just fine, I was after trout, I tried using a flower and sardine oil mix with some day glow beads for bate, but I didn’t catch anything on that but perhaps by then I’d run out o luck. Can’t recommend any pike gear, never tried fishing for them, apparently very poor eating, but I wouldn’t say no to a good fight all the same, most o the guys I see seem to fish for the pike at night. I think Prawns and semtex are a no no.

Prawns I can understand.

Bumbler
05-03-2013, 15:41
You can’t beat worms, but spinners or the fly should work just fine, I was after trout, I tried using a flower and sardine oil mix with some day glow beads for bate, but I didn’t catch anything on that but perhaps by then I’d run out o luck. Can’t recommend any pike gear, never tried fishing for them, apparently very poor eating, but I wouldn’t say no to a good fight all the same, most o the guys I see seem to fish for the pike at night. I think Prawns and semtex are a no no.

If you have not tried a #0 Blue Fox Vibrax in Silver on the trout, you are missing out my friend. Of course you'll need a UL rod capable of casting 3 gram weights to do it. I use a Shimano Beastmaster 165UL rod for that. Have never been trout fishing and not gotten anything with that.

bignige
05-03-2013, 20:24
cheers for the info

ZEbbEDY
05-03-2013, 20:43
nice list man

Doc
05-03-2013, 21:34
Aye, well done the frog.

There are other places listed as free in a book I've got (Bruce Sandison, I think) but it's 20 years old, so info may be out of date. I'll have a look for it.

The problem I find is wee lochs in remote areas that are seldom fished. Because no-one fishes them, permit information is hard to find. Asking locally, folks often suggest the estate owner is unlikely to object, but this is not the same as formal permission.

As understand it trout fishing without permission in a Protection Order area is illegal. Elsewhere it is not a criminal offence, although it is a civil wrong without the owners permission.

One of the great things about Scotland is the trout fishing is so cheap: a fiver a day is typical, or maybe £30 for a season ticket. It's also good that there is still some free fishing.

We have free shooting too (wildfowling on Crown foreshore), a right to roam and paddle responsibly, and no requirement for a rod licence. Truly a civilised country.