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Sunday, 26th February 2017

Fishing


What could be better than a day's fishing in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world? 

There are many lochs and streams at the roadside with countless waters in the surrounding hill country. You may frequently find you have a loch completely to yourself in superb Highland country the habitat of golden eagle, osprey, red deer, pine marten, otter and countless hill and forest birds.

The Outdoor Capital (Lochaber) has over 800 miles of coastline to tempt visiting sea fishing anglers. It is easily accessible in some areas and wild and inhospitable in others.  It is also home to the only VisitScotland 5 Star graded fly fishing school and wild fishing activity provider. Fishing Scotland

Salmon Fishing

Wild Atlantic salmon fishing in Lochaber is as good as it is thanks to sensible and considerate rules and regulations, which always put the well-being of the salmon first.  The number of rods permitted to fish any one stretch (beat) of a private river is regulated.  In most instances a private beat would be for three or four rods, and is reserved in advance Monday through Saturday. Permits for Single or two rods fishing one or two odd days can be difficult to place at times but is possible with pre enquiry at association or club rivers and streams and the local fishing school. The vast majority of Wild Atlantic Salmon fishing is fly fishing only with catch and release close to universal. Bait, prawn, worming and spin fishing is mostly prohibited.  Please note: There is no Wild Atlantic Salmon fishing anywhere in Scotland on Sundays.

Fly Fishing

Trout Fishing

Fly Fishing for indigenous wild brown trout in Lochaber is a wonderful way to experience and enjoy the wild grandeur of Highland mountain and glen with secluded lochs and streams in abundance many of which are right there at the roadside. A wee lochan with no living soul in sight and you’ll wonder if it has ever been fished before.

There are more than three thousand lochs in Scotland of over 10 acres and one of them is waiting for you. There are no fishing licences in Scotland, you pay only for the wild brown trout fishing you do though in most instances a permit is required. Day permits are from £10.00 and are dependant on the management program of the particular water and quality of fishing. Permits are purchased locally from Tourist Information Centres, tackle shops, Estate Offices, game keepers and the local Fishing School. The wild brown trout open fishing season in Scotland is from March 15th through October 6th.

The fisher is generally permitted to keep two or three wild brown trout daily however you are encouraged to return the trout to their natural habitat if they are not going to be eaten. All brown trout over half a kilo (one pound) should be returned as they are the most valuable of the brood stock. Fly fishing is generally the order of the day and certainly so on the best quality waters. Spin fishing is permitted on some of larger lochs. Bait fishing is not permitted in fresh water lochs and rivers. There are a few Put and Take fisheries in the area with hybrid rainbow and such which provide an easy way to catch a couple of fish and enjoy the scenery.  

Sea Fishing

Ardnamurchan ChartersThe coastline stretches from Cuil Bay in the south, around the top of Loch Linnhe, before tracing the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and stretching northwards to the northern shores of Loch Nevis.  Geographically the region has everything for sea fishing from sandy bays to towering cliffs, which in turn offers varied habitats for many species of fish.  Because of this Lochaber can offer some great shore-angling as well as some excellent boat-fishing, with charter angling boats operating out of Fort William, Ballachulish, Loch Sunart and Mallaig.

There are a large selection of species on offer in the waters around Lochaber - from the humble dogfish to the awesome common skate, which can reach weights of over 150lbs. A few of the other common catches are Thornback Rays, Spur dogs, Conger Eels, Pollack and Whiting.

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