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Loch Tay (West) fishing administered by Killin AC.

 
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North Shore NN586345 - NN685396
South Shore NN587333 - NN680370

 
 

The Killin and Breadalbane Angling Club administers most of the bank fishing for trout and coarse fish at the west end of Loch Tay. There are some excellent pike (best in recent years 34lb) and good trout. In the last three years roach have been introduced illegally at the west end causing major concerns for the indigenous species. For example the artcic charr now seems to be in decline. Perch are also present, but rarely fished for. It is also thought that there are very large eels present.

On the North shore the fishings extend from the mouth of the Lawers Burn (below the Ben Lawers Hotel) westwards for about 11 kilometers to the Killin end (see exclusions below)

On the South shore their fishings extend from the mouth of the Lochay/Dochart for about 9 kilometers to the Allt Mhein burn by Manse Bay .(see exclusions below).

In addition to the fishings offered by the club Kinnell Estate provides a further 500m, Finlarig Estate offers a further 1 kilometer and Highland Lodges fishings about another 500m. In all some 22 Kilometers of shore fishing is available at the west end, while the east end is administerd by East Loch Tay Angling Club

Areas at the west end of Loch Tay where fishing is not allowed:
There are a few short stretcches which are excluded by reason of safety, privacy and common sense.

The harbour at Fir Bush (approx. 300m)
The harbour at the Boys Brigade Center at Ardeonaig (approx. 500m)
The private frontage at Fiddlers Bay by Fat Man (approx. 500m)
The private frontage at Camusurich (approx. 200m)
The private frontage close to Finlarig (approx. 300m)
'The private frontage(approx. 650m) at Edramucky and the Edramucky Burn from the headdyke to the Loch.

Access from the North Shore
Access on the north shore is not the easiest since the sides of the Loch are steep and there are few if any tracks which lead down to the shores. It therefore means a stiff walk from the A827. Locals have quickly learned that the best way to fish the north shore is probably by boat. Boats can be hired from Loch Tay Highland Lodges and the Ardeonaig Hotel. The Ben Lawers Hotel used to operate a boat, but it is no longer thought to be available. Perhaps the easiest access is via the Finlarig Estate waters, where a car park liies 100m from the beach at the end of Pier Road.

Access from the South Shore
The minor road which runs from Killin to Kenmore along the south shore approaches th Loch more closely and there are a few parking places which make physical access somewhat easier.

Permit outlets are listed on the Killin AC page.

Salmon Fishing
Salmon Fishing is almost exclusively done by boat, with permits issued by riparian owners. Any boat fishing for salmon must display a right number on the hull. For salmon fishing the loch is divided into three beats west/central/east. See the Loch Tay page for information on where to hire boats for salmon fishing.

Boat Fishing Advice
Fishing is usually by trolling or drifting. When trolling it is advisable to follow the drop off which runs around the loch about 30-50m out. Hot spots are many, but he best are the harbour wall at Fir Bush, Stringy Rocks, Black Rock, Copper Mines and Gull Island

Boat Safety
Loch Tay is an immense water which runs for 14 miles from the south west to the north east between high mountains. The weather can change dramatically in the space of half an hour and with mountains on either side a good wave can build up. If you are not familiar with small boats or the loch the best advice is to take a ghillie.

The area at in the bay close to Killin is shallow and frequently contains remnants of trees brought down the river by storms as does the small more northerly channel. These areas should be approached with caution. Even the most experienced ghillies have been known to get stuck or shear off cotter pins (take spares and a pliers!).

There are a few crannogs and rocks dotted around the shores. Most are well marked and can be avoided. There are two nasty ones which lie just below the surface, which can cause havoc. One lies a 150m west of Highland Lodges on the north shore while the other is in Dall Bay.

Boats should use the international system for passing .. keep the other boat on your left.

Except in very low or very high water it is possible to take a boat up the river to Killin where there are moorings outside the Killin Hotel if you fancy a bit of lunch there. Navigation up the river Lochay is tricky and should not be attempted by the inexperienced. The disused railway bridge over the Lochay can prevent passage in high water. Navigation up the Dochart is impossible.

Moorings and Slipway
The slipway in Killin is owned by Killin AC while the moorings are owned by the Killin Hotel. Permission must be sought from the owners prior to making use of their facilites.

 
 
 

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