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Some 24 miles long and quite narrow, Loch Awe forms a considerable
catchment area for the many feeder burns flowing from the surrounding mountains. Water
quality is high and the fish population thrive in this rich, natural feeding area. The
many bays vary in size and depth and each has its own particular attraction
shallow, sandy, rocky, reedy.
Brown trout (caught and returned alive), Easter Monday, Loch Awe 2008 (trolling).
Caught by Wilie Colquhoun. Weight 16lb
Brown trout caught and
returned 16 March 2008. Duncan Goodenough (trolling line),
Weight 18lb 2oz
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.
Fishing on Loch Awe is not only for the
purist or well-seasoned angler. Whether you are experienced or a novice, young or old,
Loch Awe has a great deal to offer.
The brown trout season runs from 15
March to 6 October. Methods of fishing vary, and whilst fly is generally accepted as the
best method, many anglers use worm or maggot (either ledgered or on a float).
Spinning with lures (Mepp, Rapala, Toby) is also successful, but it is always advisable to
fish on the light side up to 6lb test. Flies should be of the wet variety
(1016), of standard or loch pattern and in harmony with the months applicable to
hatching flies. Irish patterns also do well, and for the angler wishing to lose
him/herself in the many bays nymphing can be very rewarding.
Rainbow Trout: Escapees
from the two fish farms on Loch Awe also provide sport and should be fished in the same
manner as brown trout. (15 March - 6 October). Would anglers please kill ALL rainbow trout caught from the loch, whatever the size. This is to lessen the impact that escapes of rainbow trout have on the the wild brown trout population.
A British Record Wild Brown
A natural and
historic species often caught by trout anglers, especially as the season progresses and
the water temperature rises. (15 March - 6 October)
Tend to be
seasonal; in warm weather often found in reedy bays and around old piers.
(15 March - 6 October)
22lb Wild Brownie
Spinning is also an
acceptable method, using plug type lures again set on the required wire trace. Another
more recent and successfully method is
fly fishing from a
boat, with a standard fly rod, slow sink or sink tip fly line, long leader, short wire
trace, and 24" long streamer type dressing (white or orange) Maribou on size
68 or 10 hooks tied in tandem.
Trolling for pike is
restricted to the trout season (15 March to 6 October) and only with pike plugs or
5"-minimum lures on a wire trace.
Pike: Loch Awe also
boasts some very large pike. Like the brown trout they are wild and extremely wide ranging
in their hunt for food. The current record for Loch Awe stands at 35.5 lb. Pike fishing is
open all year and can provide some excellent winter sport mainly in the larger
reedy bays either from the shore or by boat. The most popular method is
such as mackerel, herring, lamphrey or eel
section, sardine, sprat, smelt set on a wire trace and using two or three treble
hooks (size 6, 8 or 10 depending on the size of the bait). No live fish or other vertebrates to be used as bait.
A Loch Awe Pike
All fishing on Loch Awe is
covered by the Protection Order granted in 1992 which is enforced by the Loch Awe
Improvement Association (LAIA) and its wardens. The aim of the Protection Order is to
ensure that all fishing is done in a legal manner, to protect all species of fish against
illegal fishing, to improve existing fish stocks and to enforce all laws and by-laws
pertaining to fishing and the surrounding shorelines.
the end of 2000, the LAIA announced that it had organized the funding of a
brown trout hatchery for Loch Awe (to be managed by the contract
development officer, Nick Bevan, whose funding is also covered by the LAIA),
as well as a habitat improvement scheme in one of the major spawning
Fishing permits are available at several outlets throughout Central Scotland.
Local outlets are
Loch Awe Stores in
Loch Awe Boats
Awe Service Station
at Bridge of Awe and
the Tight Line
Permits cost £6.00 per day, £12.00 for three days, £20.00 per week, £60.00 for the season
(half-price for juveniles and concessions). There will be no charge for children under 12 who are accompanied by a permit-holding adult. Trout and Coarse season runs from 15 March to 6 October,
the Pike season is all year round.