Loch Tay

Loch Tay from Killin

Loch Tay looking east from Killin

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Loch Tay offers salmon, brown trout, ferox trout, arctic charr and rainbow trout fishing.

It lies between the villages of Killin and Kenmore in the central highlands of Scotland.It is 14 miles long and over a mile wide.
The rivers Lochay and Dochart run into the head of the loch in the west, while the River Tay itself flows out of the loch in the east.

The west end is particularly favoured for pike fishing as there are more shallows and weeds.

Roach (which are recent introduction) are now increasing in numbers and studies are underway to look at their possible impact.

Perch are also present and seem to be recovering after many poor years.

Ferox troutare rarely fished for, but they are there. Specimens up to 19lbs  have been taken in the last few years.
There were once large numbers of arctic charr, but these may now have become extinct.

There is a rainbow trout farm at the east end. Occaisionally there are escapes and large numbers of trout can be caught.  Rainbows over 20lb have been caught.

At the west end trout and coarse fishing is run by Killin Angling Club while at the east end it is run by East Loch Tay Angling Club.

Much of the bank can be fished, but anglers should refer to permits for exact details as some areas are not covered by the clubs and some houses have gardens backing onto the loch which must be avoided.

Perhaps the best way to cover the water, which is large by any standards is by boat. Loch salmon fishing is usually done from a boat. Trolling is the most common method.
Popular lures include 4.75″ Rapalas (black and gold, orange or blue
and sliver) as well as tobies.

This is a typical “ribbon” lake being long and narrow with steep sides. There is a shelf which runs virtually all the way round the
30m out the shelf plunges steeply into deep water.
Trolling boats try to follow this line.

When passing another boat, international rules should be used (keep the other boat to your left).

Be careful of crannogs (submerged man made islands). There are over 20 and if you do not know where they are they can do serious damage to a prop.

Pikey water at The Killin End

Pikey water at The Killin End

Killin AC (West end and central)
ELTAC (Kenmore)
Loch Tay Boating Centre (Kenmore)
Remony Estate (Acharn near Kenmore)
Highland Lodges (Near Killin)

Grant TigwellLoch Tay Fishing Trips
Provides everything for a days fishing on Loch Tay, this includes boat, fishing tackle and ghillie. All you need to bring is warm clothing, a packed lunch and desire to catch fish.

Loch Tay

Its a big water, so if boating take local advice.

1 comment to Loch Tay

  • Can you please furnish me the information as regards what is the season for fishing loch Tay as regards salmon and brown trout or trout and also fishing for the pike. I will be in Scotland last part of September thru November and I am thinking of fishing the loch for a few days and hire a boat. Can give me the total cost of fishing with a boat please and where to hire from and any permits req’d

    Regards Graham Harrity

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