Fishing in Argyll
Argyll is well known for being a fishing paradise, with its well stocked shores, lochs and rivers attracting many keen anglers, and there's no shortage of fishing opportunities around our parks.
- Well Stocked Shores
- Angling Opportunities
- Free Fishing Available
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. Popular fishing spots are off the shoreline at the village as well as the rocky shore by the pier at Carrick Castle.
River Goil (March-October)
The River Goil has both salmon and sea trout runs, permits for the river are available at the village post office. Daily permits £15. Monday to Friday permit £40. No Sunday fishing. 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, except for a 400 yard stretch above Lochgoilhead Bridge. The season runs 15 March to 31 October – however, there are seldom fish in the river before mid May. The river Goil is a spate river and hardly worth fishing when low. Post Office Telephone: 01301 703 201.
Lettermay Loch (March-October)
Curra Lochain & Lochain Nan Cnaimh Be warned – these are 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. If you are not familiar with the area we recommend you purchase a copy of the Argyll Forest Park Guide which includes a map available for £2 at the main reception.
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. Fly fishing only. Permits from 'Campbells Paint & Hardware', Argyll Street - 01369 704191. This area is very well known for its great trout, salmon and a range of course fish. Permits are required for loch fishing.
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 ...Some sea trout later in season. Fly fishing by boat and boat hire available. Permits from 'Campbells Paint & Hardware', Argyll Street - 01369 704191.
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 of a good size Bank fishing or the choice of 4 boats available to hire. Permits from 'Campbells Paint & Hardware', Argyll Street - 01369 704191.
River Leven (February-October)
Throughout the Summer and Autumn the whole 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.
LOCH AWE (March-October)
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. Whether novice or purist, young or old, Loch Awe has a great deal to offer both game and coarse fishermen. Permits from Loch Awe Boats, by Dalmally: 01866 833 256.
STRATHECK/ LOCH ECK (All Year)
Loch Eck is a 7 mile long fresh water loch with plenty of fishing opportunities including sea trout and salmon. Permits can be purchased from Purdies in Dunoon. Contact them directly 01369 703232.