Fishing on Loch Leven

The fishing season on Loch Leven lasts from April through to early October.

Brown Trout Fishing

All fishing for wild brown trout on the loch is “fly only” and must be done from a boat as there is no bank fishing permitted.  The fishing is under the management of Loch Leven Fisheries which has a well-maintained fleet of 18 boats, most of which are still 18 foot clinker built boats dating back over 100 years – but there have been some recent additions of Coulam 16 boats made from glass-reinforced plastic.  All boats are equipped with outboard motors and life jackets.

All brown trout under 11 inches in size must be returned to the loch.  There is no limit to the number of brown trout that can be landed by anglers but we would ask that anglers respect the fact that Loch Leven is a wild brown trout fishery and that they keep what they would like ‘for the pot’ but otherwise practice catch & release.  The pink fleshed wild Loch Leven brown trout is delicious to eat and so anglers should have no concerns about taking some home with them to enjoy

Pike Fishing

In conjunction with the improving water quality, recent years have seen a significant recovery in the pike population to the extent that pike anglers are now fishing the loch again and catching specimens up to 26 lbs.

Best months for pike on Loch Leven are April, May & June.  From mid June onwards, growth in the prolific weed beds around the loch reach a point where the pike withdraw into them as they form an ideal hunting ground.  Concealed by these weed beds, the pike are hard to locate.

All pike fishing on Loch Leven is done from the same boats that trout anglers use and the scale of charges is identical whether you are fishing for trout or pike.

The following pike fishing methods are permitted on Loch Leven:

  • Flies
  • Lures
  • Dead bait – the dead bait has to be from marine fish only.  Freshwater dead bait is NOT permitted due to the risk of introducing disease.

The use of live bait of any sort is FORBIDDEN. The ecology of the loch is too sensitive for risks to be taken.


Facilities for anglers on Loch Leven were greatly enhanced in May 2001 with the opening of the Loch Leven Angling Centre.  Not only are there toilets and changing facilities available but the Boathouse Restaurant and its attached Coffee Shack beside the harbour at Kinross provides a large range of hot & cold food and drink as well as a licenced bar.

The Loch Leven Angling Centre is situated beside the harbour at the south west corner of the loch at the southern end of the town of Kinross.


23 Responses to Fishing on Loch Leven

  1. Eric Fox says:

    Hi Willie

    Just a bit of ‘feed-back’ following the return of Mike McKinnell & myself to Loch Leven yesterday.

    Firstly, thank you for all the information and advice before we set out. As you thought, there were a number of boats in the Scart / North Queich area and many were catching consistently. Neither Mike or myself have had much success in buzzer fishing and we soon became despondent and changed to ‘ drifting & pulling’ which again proved unproductive. We had a word with another angler who was anchored nearby; he confirmed all that you had told us (18′ leader, imitative slow retrieve etc) so we dropped anchor and returned to our floating lines & buzzers – Yes, it worked and we took 8 fish in a couple of hours before conditions changed including one of the most prolific occurrence of Caenis that I have ever experienced!

    At about 9.30pm we moved to the Cavelstone Strip and were amazed by the number of fish rising. Although Mike caught one to a Wickhams we could not interest them despite many changes of small wets, nympths, dries etc..

    Despite the frustration of the ‘late rise’ we enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning and spreading the good news to our friends.

    Many thanks again for all the efforts you and your colleagues have made to achieve such an improvement in the fishing at Loch Leven.

    Have just enjoyed a superb ‘Leven Brownie’ for my breakfast – much better than the pellet fed Rainbows!

    With kindest regards


  2. Dear Willie
    Erics report sounds good, I’ll have to report back on this wednesdays events, a colleague and I are fishing from around 2 till dusk so we should get variation on conditions.
    Really looking forward to a brownie Breakfast also !!!
    Steve Kilpatrick

  3. Willie
    Could you please be so kind as to let me have your email address so that I can post you a request?
    My email adress is:
    Many thanks

  4. Graeme Burns says:

    Dear Willie,We were out on an evening boat,number9 on the 4th July. Pretty windy and wet, so we ended at the Cavilstone Strip. Saw two fish move and took one on a Yellow Owl of 3lb 1oz.That was it and by 10pm the haar had set in.Visibilty was just over 100yds as we headed to the harbour with the islands and far shore hidden. We looked in vain for the harbour lights which were hidden by the trees.If we had not been familiar with the loch we could have had a problem. Even a portable light on the end of the pier would solve this. We’ll be back later in the season hope fully in better conditions.
    I like your blog and found it really useful and enjoyed reading all the tips.Trout for tea!
    Tight Lines,

    • Hi Graeme,

      Thanks for the feedback – very useful. We will look into the feasibility of perhaps putting one or 2 lights (flashing?) at the end of the Pier to guide evening boats back in. Realistically, if visibility is down to 100 yards, even they are not going to be visible to boats a fair bit out but they would actually help people navigate back to the harbour entrance on clearer nights as well. The bright lights we currently use have been in position for a while in the area of the engine shed but you are correct in saying that the growth in the trees & bushes between there and the loch will be impeding their visibility as well.

      Hope your brownie tasted good

      Tight lines


  5. Graeme Burrns says:

    Hi Willie! Thanks for the reply to my email re harbour lights.I can see the difficulties you have and like your suggestion.
    Changing the subject, it’s good to see the .loch recovering and to see the weed growth where there was none. My boat partner and myself don’t get to the loch as often as we’d like owing to other commitments so it’s a treat to be there.
    We hope to get back in August one evening, and until then I will keep up to date with the column in the “Courier” and your weekly blogs. They are great!
    Tight Lines,
    PS I always carry a compass in my seatbox or my GPS. Musn’t forget the Yellow Owls too!.

  6. Shaun Costello 07870626539 says:

    Hi I am thinking of moving to Kinross, I am a keen angler and particularly like coarse fishing, I like pike and perch fishing and am also looking forward to trying my hand with the fly. I will wish to join the local angling club and wonder if you have such a thing as a season ticket so if I finish work and want an hour or so I can just nip on the loch rather than having to pre book. I also have my own boat( its an inflatable pontoon boat with oars, most common in the states rather than here in the UK ) I am a catch and release only angler apart from “bait fish” I’ve not killed a fish since 82. Can you please point me in the right direction as per the local club and supply a price for a season ticket. The house I’m looking at is less than a 10 min walk from the loch.

    • alan robertson says:

      Just saw this,so Shaun,Loch Leven is a fly only fishery,and although there are plenty of course fish,(you’ll get perch on the fly now and then),course fishing is not encouraged here.The Loch is a trout fishery first and foremost,and,a famous one at that.

  7. Graeme Brns says:

    Was out on Wednesday 28th August. We contacted small trout in the 6 to 8oz size off St Serf,s and the Kelson Strip. We were surprised that nobody saw us off or back at dusk. Changed days!

    • Hi Graeme, I’m not sure what happened on Wednesday as we still normally look to have staff on duty for both the start and end of sessions. We will check that out – but thanks for bringing it to our attention

  8. Graeme Burns says:

    Thanks. Will be interested to hear.
    Tight Lines,
    Graeme Burns

  9. John cross says:

    Was hoping to visit and fish are boats available for hire on loch

    • Hi John, sorry for the delay in replying but I have only just read your message. Yes, boats are available for hire – details such as charges and how to book are shown on the various pages on this site.

  10. Sandy Donaghy says:

    Can you still fish at the cut..i used to late 60s

  11. Dean Watt says:

    Hi Guys,
    I was just wondering what the purpose of a “fly only” fishery is? Surely us lure anglers would be able to responsibly fish the waters also? Even if there were restrictions on amount of hooks or lure sizes I’m sure you could make plenty of money to improve the fishery with all us die hard pike anglers! Or is there something I’m missing here?

    • Hi Dean, Loch Leven has primarily been a wild brown trout fishery and the comment about fly only relaters to fishing for ‘brownies’. It is only more recently that the pike population has recovered to a level which is attracting pike anglers such as yourself both in terms of quality & quantity / size. As you will have seen in the blog, there are some nice specimens being caught this year. Our rules for pike fishing are much wider. you are not restricted to using just flies but are free to use lures / spin. We do not allow the use of live bait of any sort but dead bait can be used as long as it is from the sea rather than freshwater because we cannot risk introducing freshwater diseases. If dead bait is used, any surplus at the end of the session must be taken away by anglers and not dumped in the loch (as has happened before). I hope this clarifies the situation for you and other pike anglers. When I have an opportunity, I will look to text on the website / blog to include a section on pike fishing. Regards Jamie

  12. alan robertson says:

    Thanks for that..
    I have an unrelated question.In the old days,they say that the Loch was much higher and deeper than it is today,but that doesn’t make much sense to me,because since they built the dam,you would think it would be the other way around.

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