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In Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park there are many excellent opportunities for fishing. With 22 lochs and 39 miles of coastline around 3 sea lochs, this makes the National Park an ideal place for  a variety of different types of fishing from fly fishing to sea angling and as a bonus experience the wonderful scenery and amazing variety of wildlife around you.

Permits and equipment are available from a number of different outlets throughout the National Park.

You can find information on permits and suppliers here.

Angling law

Salmon and sea trout

  • When fishing for salmon and sea trout you must always have legal right or written permission
  • Kelts and coloured fish (salmon that have/or are about to spawn) must be returned
  • Salmon and sea trout may only be fished for with one handheld rod or four boat trolled rods

Brown trout and coarse fish

  • When fishing for brown trout and coarse fish you should have permission from the landowner or the relevant permit
  • You can fish with one handheld rod for trout or four attended rods for coarse fish
  • It is illegal to use live vertebrates, such as small fish for bait
  • A special license from Scottish Natural Heritage is required to fish for European eel or powan


  • Always wear an appropriate life jacket when in a boat or wading
  • Use eye protection to guard against stray hooks
  • Avoid standing and moving around in boats
  • Do not consume alcohol before or during angling
  • Take protective clothing and check the weather forecast
  • Look out for overhead power lines and take shelter during thunderstorms. Fishing rods conduct electricity which can be fatal


  • Respect local catch limits
  • Use barbless hooks and try to keep handling to a minimum for catch and release
  • Respect wildlife and adhere to advisory signage

Good hygiene

It is important that you avoid spreading diseases, parasites and introducing non native species between water bodies by:

  • Not moving fish or other aquatic organisms between waters
  • Disinfect and dry out tackle and clothing between trips

Respect for others

  • Show respect to other anglers and recreational users
  • Allow canoes and kayaks to pass without obstruction
  • Never leave litter or discard line or hooks
  • Always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
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