BALLOCH

Loch Lomond One of Scotland’s angling meccas, Lomond offers a great deal. For the game fisher, there are trout, sea trout and salmon. In specimen terms, it is, perhaps, most highly rated by the coarse fishermen. Its pike potential has long been celebrated and many pike fishermen still regard Tom Morgan’s 47 lb 11 oz pike taken from Lomond in 1945 as the British record even though the Record Fish Committee have struck it from the list. There is evidence that much bigger pike than this exist in Lomond. The water also abounds in roach, many of these being of specimen size, too. Fish of 2 lb are caught regularly while some of 3 lb have also been reported. The central and lower ends of the loch are rated best for coarse fishers with Balloch and Bal-maha useful base centres. Always considered more than likely are those places where rivers flow into the loch. Lomond has one other distinction, an indigenous species known as the powan, a small white fish. The record powan was a fish of 1 lb 7 oz taken in 1972.

The fishing in Loch Lomond is controlled by the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association. Their day and weekly tickets cover the loch, the whole of the River Leven (BB where accessible) and a section of the Clyde between the junction with the River Leven and Ardmore Point (RB). This Association also controls the fishing on the following rivers flowing into Lomond – the Endrick, Falloch and Fruin . Only holders of the association’s season permit may fish these watersCTSST

SOS: Feb 11-Aug 26 (Net); Feb 11-Oct 31 (R&L) DT and WT: A(boat hirers on loch)TS (at Glasgow, Clydebank, Dumbarton and in vicinity of loch)H (Hotels handling permits include: Ardlui Hotel, Ardlui; Tarbet Hotel, Arrochar; Tullichewan Hotel, Balloch; Rowardennan Hotel, near Balmaha; and Inversnaid Hotel, lnversnaid)orAAA(Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association).

Rescobie Loch Recently the subject of major re-development, this water has developed a reputation as a trout fishery of excellent quality with browns reported to 5lb and rainbowsto4lb. Rated best late summer and early autumn. Though coarse fish exist in this water, fishing for them is strictly prohibited.

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