A Fan of Fishing? Argyll will have you Hooked
Argyll is home to some of the best pike angling destinations in the country and can also offer some fantastic fishing for the smaller species. Anglers will enjoy a coastline which can offer a diverse range of coastal fishing opportunities from shore or boat.
Options range from a day’s walking in the hills, loch fishing for wily brown trout or atmospheric night fishing for migratory sea trout, to stalking the grayling with small flies in crystal clear streams or a day in the boat on a big river fishing for the powerful Atlantic salmon. A day out can also be enjoyed on one of Scotland’s many stocked trout fisheries from boat or bank with brown and rainbow trout providing some excellent sport. These venues are also ideal locations to introduce young or new anglers to the sport.
In addition to game angling, Scotland also offers a wide range of coarse and sea-fishing opportunities. Across our eight sites, Argyll Holiday’s offers fishing sites for every level and ability.
Fishing Near Drimsynie Estate
Loch Goil (All Year)
Free fishing all year off the shore or from a boat. June to late October there are usually shoals of Mackerel in the loch. Cod and Pollack are in the loch all year. If you prefer to fish on the water itself – Our Friends of Argyll partner Loch Goil Cruisers offer free fishing equipment to any guest who takes one of their fleet out.
Popular fishing spots are off the shoreline at the village as well as the rocky shore by the pier at Carrick Castle.
River Goil (April-October)
The River Goil has both salmon and sea trout runs, Fly or worm, single hook. Maximum of four permits issued per day. Permits allow fishing on the three miles between Hell’s Glen Bridge and the river mouth, both banks. Permits available from the Post Office: 01301 703 201.
Lettermay Loch (March-October)
This is for hill walkers who fish. Access is via the forestry road at Lettermay, and then either the Cowal Way Path or a fire break, depending on which loch you are heading to. Both paths can be churned up and muddy. It is quite a trudge to reach these lochs - but the reward is complete isolation in a magnificent setting. Guests at Drimsynie have free fishing on both lochs. Fly fishing does well. Bait and spinning allowed.
Fishing Near Hunters Quay
The sheltered piers of Dunoon are easily accessed and give plenty of opportunity for sea fishing for mackerel to conger eels!
Dunoon Reservoir (All Year)
This 5-acre reservoir is situated in woodland near Dunoon. It is stocked with Rainbow Trout of a good average size. The site is fly fishing only and permits can be attained from Campbells Paint & Hardware – simply call on 01369 704191.
Loch Loskin (April-September)
This 6-acre lochan is located on the A885 Sandbank Road just outside of Dunoon. It is stocked with high quality Brown Trout. Fly fishing by boat and boat hire are available- and permits ca be secured from Campbells Paint & Hardware.
Loch Tarsan (April-September)
Loch Tarsan is situated by the side of the B838 a short drive from Dunoon. It is stocked with Brown Trout. There is the option of bank fishing or boats available to hire. Permits can be attained from Campbells Paint & Hardware.
Fishing Near Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond has been rated as one of the hardest lochs for pike fishing. The variety of fish reaches from sea trout to chub. Loch Lomond is also home to a protected fish species: the powan (a white fish). If caught, the fish should be returned quickly to the water.
River Leven (February-October)
Throughout the Summer and Autumn, the river provides excellent fishing. Night fishing for Sea Trout is popular from late June, with good catches recorded by anglers every year. The lower reaches of the Leven are tidal, and many anglers like to be on this stretch of the river from one hour after high tide during darkness, to cover fresh fish moving in and out with the tide. For permits contact Loch Leven Fisheries: 01577 863467.
Fishing Near Loch Awe
Loch Awe has always been famous for its wild brown trout, having broken the British rod-caught record four times over the last decade. It is, however, its reputation for good mixed bags of 8oz - 3lb trout that still attracts the majority of anglers.
Loch Awe (March-October)
Loch Awe has always been famous for its wild brown trout. Whether novice or purist, young or old, Loch Awe has a great deal to offer both game and coarse fishermen. Permits can be purchased from Loch Awe Boats, by Dalmally – simply call 01866 833256.
Fishing Near Stratheck
Loch Eck is seven miles long and is notable for its natural beauty. The loch offers some excellent salmon and sea trout fishing from boat or bank. Sea trout and sea trout start running into the loch from early June.
Loch & River Eck (March-October)
Loch Eck is a 7-mile-long fresh water loch with plenty of fishing opportunities including sea trout and salmon, both on the river and in the loch itself. Permits can be purchased from Purdies in Dunoon – simply call on 01369 703232.
Fishing is not just a great way to burn calories; it also calls upon small muscle groups we don't normally use and helps us build fine motor skills. Going fishing is not only a fabulous way to stay active and healthy but it is also a perfect activity to help calm your mind, relax, and let go of the stress in your life. So why not visit one of our parks and give it a go?