Another favourite among local anglers, with good bags of trout landed by all methods - bait, spinner and fly. Nevertheless, this can be a really frustrating loch when it goes off, sometimes for several weeks. The trout average 12oz and are of excellent quality even early in the season. Trout of 1 - 2lb are regularly caught, mostly in the middle of the loch where there are submerged weed beds.
If fishing from the boat, take it to the main part of the loch, taking care passing the point just up from the mooring as it continues under the water for several meters. The North Bay is a favourite drift, fish into the shore taking care to keep the boat out just far enough to miss the many rocks just sub surface. If you are too far out from the shore you’ll know because you won’t be catching any fish! If the wind is easterly, drift from the boat moorings to the bay where the river flows out to Loch Foid, this bay can be very productive. If you are feeling energetic take the boat up to the west end of the loch where you’ll see a group of rocks just of a point. This is a good area but don’t try and get the boat between the rocks and the shore, it won’t go!
As you approach the loch at the east end try a few casts here, if you happen to be the first angler to the loch. The water is very shallow and the fish spook easily, however, trout up to 1lb have been caught here. It seems that this loch fishes in any wind as long as the water doesn’t get too turbid (at this point go somewhere else). Even a fresh North-easterly can produce good sport. Golden Olive Dabbler, Claret Dabbler, Clan Chief, Bibio, Leggy Claret Bumble all catch their share of fish. For the bait fishers among you fishing the worm on the bottom seems the most productive.
Getting to the Loch from Stornoway