The county of Caithness the most northerly on the mainland like
many other counties in Scotland has over 100 lochs with
fish. Open moor runs down to the sea with many lochs draining
through small streams and rivers.
Trout is of good quality ranging from a 1/2 to 2lb.
Some even reach between 3 - 6 lb. Local tackle shops
can give details of most lochs in the county.
Permits from local tackle shops, hotels and estate offices.
An SSSI with a huge range of birds and designated as
one of six lochs making up a Ramsar site.
Loch Beg is located near the start of the Thurso
river with the river running in one end and out the other. A
small loch it still provides some excellent fishing. Contact
Strathmore Lodge for details.
Salmon and Trout Fishing is available on a daily or
Details from Strathmore Lodge Tel 01847 841227 - Web Site
coming shortly (2 February 2003)
Forming a water supply for Thurso and fed with several springs
several different habitats. Limestone
runs under Caithness and as here it outcrops in several places.
The resultant waters are very fertile and trout can feed on
a varied diet of nymphs, stonefly and stickleback.
Although mainly Trout some Ferox and Artic Char can be caught.
Permits can be obtained at Greenland Farm nearby and Harpers.
Some very large trout have been caught on Heilan. With clear water and weed the feeding is excellent.
The earlier part of the season is often most successful.
Fishing from boat or from the bank is the norm.
Famous as a trout loch it is a large body of water with limestone
bottom. The water is
very clean and clear. A
strain of trout similar to Loch Leven trout are 3/4lb with
occasional specimens up to 3lb. Healthy fish produce a strong fight for the angler.
Permits from Harpers.
Excellent fishing with good average weights.
St. Johns Loch
The St. John's Loch Improvement Association manages the Loch which
has its own small harbour and hatchery.
A voluntary group the association maintains and improves
the stock each year. Mayfly
are abundant in mid summer and large trout are to be seen feeding.
Average size is 3/4lb of very good shape and colour.
Boats are mainly used but some wading is possible on the
Part of St John's Loch
Thurso Fisheries Lochs
A series of moorland lochs in the Altnabreac area with forestry
around from plantings over the last 20 years.
Permits are from the Ulbster Arms Hotel, Halkirk.
Boats are available on some of the lochs.
Trout vary in size from 1/2lb up to 5lb for specimens on
certain lochs. Cherigal
Loch can have some excellent fishing..
Eun loch has large trout and the setting with the Scaraben
hills is pleasant to fish.
Permits from Dounreay Fly Fishing Association and Harpers Fishing
A shallow loch near to Loch Watten the bank is soft and surrounded
with drainage ditches and holes.
Wading must be carried out carefully.
Fish up to 3/4 lb. with nice markings.
The loch is an SSSI and one of six lochs designated as a Ramsar.
See Loch of
Mey for details
Permits for both at Latheronwheel Estate and other fishing
Stemster is near to Latheron and has clear water. A few boats available. Fish
1/2 to 1lb. There is
no fishing after 12th August when shooting starts.
Ruard is situated in slightly remote moorland about an hours walk
west of the Stemster turn off.
Fish are 1/2 to 1lb. Make
sure of your directions and take good clothing and ensure someone
knows where you are going on this
A peat and stone loch with good boat and bank fishing.
Fish up to 2lb are caught but more commonly 3/4lb.
Forestry track to the boathouse.
Mayfly hatch in early June .
Some Small Lochs
Dunnet Head Lochs
Permits from Dunnet Head Tea Room, Brough, Dunnet. The group of small lochs extends along the headland
including Long loch and Many Loch Chain.
The sea is almost always in view from fishing points on
Sarclet, Hempriggs and Yarrows
Permits from Thrumster Filling Station, Thrumster.
Near to Wick with trout of various sizes.
Yarrows is well known to beginners locally and it has a
smaller attached water - Marl Loch with larger trout.
Permits from Harpers, Thurso.
Known as a difficult water but with some large specimens.
Requiring calm, warm water.
Loch of Wester
Permits from Auckhorn Farm and Hugo Ross Tackle, Wick.
A good sea trout and salmon loch joined to Wester river and the
sea. Brown trout also
found but not superior