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Top Trout Fishing Spots in South & East Sutherland



Loch Shin
A huge loch, 17 miles (27km) in length, running NW-SE.  Trout are typically ½ to ¾lb, but there are also much larger ferox trout caught regularly. Fly fishing is the norm, but spinning and bait fishing are also allowed. Boat and bank fishing are permitted. Petrol outboards are recommended.

Lairg A.C. boat hire from Robert McQueen, Tel: 01549 402980
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Lochs Craggie, Dola, Tigh-na-Creige & Beannach
Access to all of these lochs is controlled by Lairg Angling Club. Craggie is recognised as the cream of these lochs, famous for both its mayfly hatch and the quality of its trout - averaging around the 1lb mark, with many better fish in the 2-3lbs range caught each season. Trout in the other lochs average ¾lb, with occasional fish caught up to 2lbs. Fly only, electric motors permitted.

Boat hire from Dunroamin Caravan Park, Lairg (Tel: 01549 402447)
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Loch Migdale
Loch Migdale is a large tree-lined loch lying above the village of Bonar Bridge at the western end of the Dornoch Firth. The loch runs broadly east-west for a total length of 1.8 miles (2.9 km), providing long drifts along the north & south shores. Abundant trout, typically ½ to ¾lb in size.

Boat hire from TroutQuest, Tel: 01349 830606.
E-mail: fish@troutquest.com
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Lochs Cracail Mor, Buidhe, Laggan & Laro
These lochs are clustered on the hills above Bonar Bridge and are controlled by KoSAA. Loch Buidhe has roadside access, and both boat and bank fishing are permitted. Trout average ½lb. Cracail Mor requires a 1.5 miles 'walk in', but holds good quality trout averaging ¾lb, and up to 2lbs.

Boat hire and permits from Ardgay Stores & Café, Tel: 01863 766801
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Lochs Lannsaidh & Laiogh
These two remote hill lochs lie to the north-west of Dornoch, and are managed by Dornoch AC. Access is via a gravel vehicle track. In addition to the small native brown trout, the club also stocks Laiogh with a few larger browns, and Lannsaidh with rainbow trout, typically in the 1-2lb range.

Permits from the Eagle Hotel, Dornoch. Tel: 01862 810008.
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