Isle of Bute Angling Association

   Loch Ascog                                  

Loch Ascog is 106 acres and has plenty of good bankside to fish from. Float tubing is permitted on request prior to commencing fishing. Anglers using float tubes should give way to persons already set fishing on the bank, a sensible distance of a 150-200 yds from bank anglers. Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly in bins that are provided at each end of the Loch.

With regards to the fishing, the Pike can be caught on a wide variety of methods. Bait fishing is the most popular and freshwater and sea baits work equally well. Lures also do very well and anglers use a wide variety ranging from plugs and spinners to jerkbaits. Fly fishing for pike is also a very good method on the loch and nearly any Pike fly you use will no doubt turn up fish.

Pike are hard fighting and have been recorded up to 33lb

Perch are abundant and very colourful with fish over 3lb being taken

Roach are abundant with some very large bags being taken in competitions along with fish up to 4lb being recorded.

Eels are few and hard to catch.

Some small brown Trout are sometimes seen in the shallows but seldom ever caught.

Loch Ascog can be snaggy and care must be taken with end tackle (weak bottoms on leads, along with float ledger are recommended).

With shallow weedy areas, sandy shores, rocky outcrops and depths up to 70ft & more, all of these great features make  Loch Ascog our Associations premier water. It is a challenge to fish and will bring a fantastic fishing experience to all levels of skilled specimen anglers.

 

 

ANGLERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE BARBLESS OR CRUSHED BARB HOOKS.

    Loch Greenan               

Loch Greenan is the associations most challenging water. At 27 acres it is mainly shallow with the deepest part around 15 -18 feet. It contains Common Carp,large Mirror Carp, Crucian Carp, Bream, Tench and Roach with Stickle backs around the edges.This super water is a must for the seriously dedicated angler who relishes a challenge.

The Greenan Loch is a beautiful water.It is weedy with grass weed and extensive lilly beds.Each year the association spend a night or two clearing one or two pegs with a very effective weed rake. In these cleared area’s some lovely Roach/hybrid can be caught.On a summers night large Carp can be seen rolling and basking in the weed.So why not come and try to tempt one of those shy Carp, should you be successful you will be sure to make the local headlines.

Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Please show respect for the farming land that surrounds the loch and keep any gates closed. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly.

ANGLERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE BARBLESS OR CRUSHED BARB HOOKS

Loch Greenan is the Associations most challenging water. At 27 acres it is mainly shallow with the deepest part around 15 -18 feet. It contains Common Carp,large Mirror Carp, Crucian Carp, Bream, Tench and Roach with Sticklebacks around the edges.This super water is a must for the seriously dedicated angler who relishes a challenge.

Loch Greenan is a beautiful water. It is weedy with grass weed and extensive lily beds. Each year the Association spend a night or two clearing one or two pegs with a very effective weed rake. In these cleared area’s some lovely Roach/Bream hybrids can be caught. On a summers night large Carp can be seen rolling and basking in the weed. So why not come and try to tempt one of those shy Carp, should you be successful you will be sure to make the local headlines.

Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Please show respect for the farming land that surrounds the loch and keep any gates closed. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly. Check here for some tips on how to go about catching a Carp

 

 

Loch Greenan is the associations most challenging water. At 27 acres it is mainly shallow with the deepest part around 15 -18 feet. It contains Common Carp,large Mirror Carp, Crucian Carp, Bream, Tench and Roach with Stickle backs around the edges.This super water is a must for the seriously dedicated angler who relishes a challenge.

The Greenan Loch is a beautiful water.It is weedy with grass weed and extensive lilly beds.Each year the association spend a night or two clearing one or two pegs with a very effective weed rake. In these cleared area’s some lovely Roach/hybrid can be caught.On a summers night large Carp can be seen rolling and basking in the weed.So why not come and try to tempt one of those shy Carp, should you be successful you will be sure to make the local headlines.

Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Please show respect for the farming land that surrounds the loch and keep any gates closed. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly.

ANGLERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE BARBLESS OR CRUSHED BARB HOOKS

 

 

  The Big Dhu Loch

           

One of the association hill lochs the Big Dhu at 27 acres, contains Pike and Perch and is a bit of a trek and not for the faint-hearted. There are large areas suitable for bank fishing and float tubing is permitted on request prior to commencing fishing. Lures and fly are also great methods on this loch. Freshwater and sea baits work equally well on here.

Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly.

One of the Associations hill lochs, the Big Dhu at 27 acres, contains Pike and Perch and is a bit of a trek and not for the faint-hearted. There are large areas suitable for bank fishing and float tubing is permitted on request prior to commencing fishing. Lures and fly are also great methods on this loch. Freshwater and sea baits work equally well on here.


Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly.

ANGLERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE BARBLESS OR CRUSHED BARB HOOKS

  The Wee Dhu Loch                    WEE LOCH

The Wee Dhu Loch, at 3 acres, contains pike, perch and roach. Again this loch is a good trek and not for the faint-hearted. It is a fantastic wee loch to take the kids and fish for roach and perch. Maggot and worm are the best baits and for the pike bait, fly and lures all work well.

Camping is also permitted as long as you have purchased a permit that covers the duration of your stay. Fires are NOT permitted and all rubbish must be removed and disposed of sensibly.

ANGLERS ARE REQUESTED TO USE BARBLESS OR CRUSHED BARB HOOKS.

 

                                                         SEA FISHING

We also have some fantastic fishing around the coast of Bute. Mackerel are plentiful in the summer if you fancy a bit of fun. Why not try lightening up for them and we assure you that you'll have more fun than you can imagine. They're also a great species to target on the fly.

Ballan Wrasse are plentiful and can be caught all around the island, but is best at the south end of Bute. Lugworms do well but the top bait has got to be small Shore Crabs. Fish of around 2-3lb are abundant but 3-4lbers are also there too. Possibly bigger who knows??? When you do connect with a Wrasse then you'd better hold on tight because they do give their all! 

Pollack can also be taken around the coast and members have had them to 5 1/2lb in recent years. Baits to use are lugworm,ragworm or fresh strips of mackerel under a float. Jelly worms,spinners and shads also take a fair amount of fish. Also it is worth trying to lure one on the fly as they really hammer flies and fight really hard. Flies worth trying include Clouser Minnows and Surf Candies.

Perhaps the most challenging species of fish to catch in the waters around Bute is Mullet. These are a truly mysterious fish but when you hook one you'd better hold on tight! The waters around Bute abound with shoals of them with the beaches at Ettrick, Scalpsie, St. Ninians and the Port Bay being particularly good areas to find them.

Other species which can be targetted through the year are Dogfish, Codling and Conger Eels.