Covering 27.5 square miles, Loch Lomond is the UK's largest expanse of fresh water. It is a great place for fishing, not only for the great variety of fish, but also because it is a beautiful location.
If you are planning a fishing holiday in Scotland, read on for our Loch Lomond fishing tips...
Loch Lomond angling
Nothing beats fishing on the Scottish lochs, and Loch Lomond fishing is particularly rewarding. The spring salmon fishing can be good but varies from year to year, while the summer salmon fishing can be great on the loch. Other fish you may be lucky enough to catch include perch, sea trout, hybrid bream, roach, eel, Arctic char and brown trout. Loch Lomond is also home to the powan, a protected species which should be returned to the water immediately if you catch it.
Loch Lomond fishing permits
Loch Lomond fishing permits for salmon and sea trout fishing and for coarse fishing are issued by the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association. You can purchase the permits at several local shops, including Luss Village Shop and Luss General Store in the popular village of Luss on the western shore of the loch. On the eastern shore, Loch Lomond fishing permits are on sale at McFarlane and sons in Balmaha.
Before you begin fishing on Loch Lomond, it's worth spending a little time reminding yourself of the angling laws in Scotland and of course, the etiquette for fishing responsibly, including permissions, catch limits and sensitivity to other wildlife.
Loch Lomond fishing tips
If you want to go out onto the water, there is boat hire on both shores of Loch Lomond and, if you are new to fishing, it would pay to take a Ghillie out with you too. A Ghillie is a fishing guide who can give you specific Loch Lomond fishing tips.
Evan, one of the team at Ardgartan Argyll and a keen angler, lets us into his secret spots... "My favourite part of loch Lomond to fish is the south end round the islands and also round by the mouths of the River Fruin or the River Endrick."
Loch Lomond fishing – where to stay
Our cabins at Ardgartan Argyll are just a short drive from Loch Lomond. And what's more, they are on the shores of their very own loch, Loch Long, which also has some great fishing. Back to Evan for the details... "Loch Long is a sea loch and there are lots of species to fish, including cod, haddock, pollock, common dab, conger Eel, dog fish, red gurnard, scorpion fish, sea trout, coal fish and mackerel. My favourite spot for Loch Long fishing is along the east shore and off the pier by the village of Arrochar." Loch Long fishing is free but it is illegal to land migratory fish such as salmon or sea trout.
Book a cosy cabin at Ardgartan Argyll to retreat to after your Loch Lomond angling, or take a look at Strathyre, which is a 50-minute drive to the village of Balmaha on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond.