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
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:
- 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.