Fishing

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Abundant in rivers, burns, fresh and salt water lochs and almost surrounded by the Atlantic, you will never be far away from a great fishing experience – salmon and trout in the rivers, brown trout and course fishing in the lochans and a wide range of sea fishing from shore and boat.

A number of local businesses provide fishing equipment, boat hire and boat trips or can even take you out for the day for that extra special experience.

While fishing from the sea is free, a number of our lochs and rivers are managed by the local landowners and therefore you may need a permit so it’s always best to check.  The main points of contact for each area are below:

Ardgour

The River Gour offers a diverse range of fishing options, from the estuary fishing at the river mouth, to deeper pools upriver and a shallow loch.  The use of a rowing boat on the loch is included and the river is yours to fish from mouth to source!

In season, daily permits can be purchased from Ardgour Stores (01855 841 227)
 or can be booked online from Ardgour Estate - ewen@ardgourestate.co.uk

Sunart

The Strontian Angling Association is responsible for the fishing rights on the rivers Strontian, Polloch & Carnoch. All of these rivers have a number of accessible pools. Fishing is also available on Loch Doilet, a medium sized loch situated in the lower end of Glen Hurich in an attractive quiet mountain setting, fishing here is by boat only.

The fishing season runs from the 1st June to the 30th September. Salmon, Sea-Trout and Brown Trout are to be found and catch and release is currently in operation.

Permits for all fishing, boat hire, advance bookings and information are available from Mr Peter Madden, 01967 402265 or Mr A MacIntyre, 01967 402424. Permits are available from Strontian Post Office and Strontian Village Shop.

Morvern

Ardtornish Estate: fly fishing only is permitted on the two rivers and 16 lochs on the Estate.  Boats are available for hire on the three biggest lochs.  Telephone the estate office on 01967 421 288 for availability and booking. http://www.ardtornish.co.uk/

Drimnin Estate: sea fishing along the Estate shoreline or by chartered boat and trout fishing (by permit only) on the hill lochans.  Rod and tackle hire is available (Free of charge for cottage and house guests). Please contact the Estate office for further details. http://www.drimninestate.co.uk/contacts.

Acharacle and Moidart

The River Shiel  is let on a weekly basis only by arrangement from late May until September - contact Lochshiel Estate 01608 663904. 

Loch Shiel  boat and rod licences can be obtained from Loch Shiel Hotel. Please note there is no bank for fishing on Loch Shiel and a catch and release policy is in place.

Loch Shiel Hotel can also provide private boat hire (residents and non-residents) on Loch Shiel and experienced guides  - email andrew@lochshielhotel.com

Ardnamurchan

Ardnamurchan Estate: fishing is available between 15 March and 1 October through purchase of permits for Loch Mudle, Lochan a Mhadaidh Riadhaich, Lochan Nam Fiann and the Achateny burn.  Permits can be purchased from: Ardnamurchan Estate Office, Kilchoan Hotel, Kilchoan Community Centre, Ferry Stores and Ardnamurchan Natural History Visitor Centre.

 

Sea Fishing

Shoreline, small boat hire or sea going charter provide a full range of sea fishing, covering around 20 species and including mackerel, cod, pollock and wrasse.  Shoreline fishing from the rocks along Loch Sunart is free as is fishing from Kilchoan pier. Fishing is not permitted from the fish farm jetties.

Boat hire and charter is available from Ardnamurchan Charters, Laga Bay.  Ardnamurchan Charters mainly specialise in charter trips aboard the 32' sea going Laurenca II. Radar, sonar and fish finding gadgetry are backed up by experienced skipper. Trips vary from two hours along Loch Sunart, to day trips to Mull and Staffa, to a week including areas such as St Kilda.

Details from Andy Jackson (01972) 500208