Loch Venachar: a Fishermans Loch
Loch Venachar is around 6km long and 1km wide with about 1000 acres of water and is sited just to the west of Callander. Bank and boat fishing is permitted on the loch, with the best results from a boat. The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has described water quality at Venachar as 'pristine'.
We have the rights to all fishing on the loch and day/season permits are available. Fishing is available from our boats or from designated parts of the loch shore. Please download the Boating and Fishing Regulations to your right.
Our boats are all fitted with Yamaha 4hp four stoke engines and equipped with landing nets. Most trout anglers enjoy the superb conditions for fly fishing but other methods are permitted too. Boat fishing allows both Pike and Trout anglers to reach all parts of this beautiful water.
The loch provides many ideal and interesting bays to fish. At its western end long uninterrupted drifts can be achieved, casting into a depth of 6 to 8 feet - great conditions for Brown Trout. There are 14 recognised fly fishing drifts. Please download the fishing map to your left for more information.
There is an abundance of invertebrate life providing good feeding for fish. The trout fishing in particular, is excellent and you couldnt be in more unspoilt, scenic surroundings, with Ben Ledi overlooking the north shore and Ben Venue to the west.
In recent years the number of Sea-Trout and Salmon being caught has significantly increased.
Pike fishing on Loch Venachar is also famous for its large hard fighting fish.The last year has seen a big increase in the popularity of the Loch for Pike angling. Many fish in the 20-30lb range have been landed recently and some even larger.
Please remember to treat Loch Venachar, the habitat, wildlife and other people using the area with respect at all times. This means no litter (leave the place as you find it), cutting down of trees, out of control fires or people, etc. All incidents will be reported. Anybody attempting to kill, damage or remove pike from the loch will be reported to the police and banned permanently. Also, please ensure that you have all the essential equipment necessary to protect the health and well-being of the fish. A full list of minimum requirements can be found at P.A.A.S’s site www.esoxecosse.com and also at P.A.C. GB’s site www.pacgb.co.uk
Fishing maps of the loch are available at the Boathouse along with diagrams of the 14 principal trout drifts. Advice on current hotspots and flies, best areas for pike lure fishing and current best dead baits, together with reports of loch conditions is provided in the Fishing Blog.
Please call John (0752 824 7685) or speak to him in the Boathouse to make your advance booking or for advice on fishing and boating at Loch Venachar.
For loch conditions and the fishing blog please go to the fishing and boating Facebook page
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Please note that we are closed for renovations until 3rd January 2014.
However, we'll still be answering telephone and email enquiries. See you in January!