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Castle Loch Fishery

Scotland’s Premier specimen coarse fishery, located in a serene nature reserve.

Enjoy a variety of wildlife and birds whilst fishing on the loch.

PLEASE NOTE until the Scottish Government ease travel restrictions Castleloch Fishery will only be open to anglers from the Dumfries council area. This is to comply with regulations during the current COVID-19 pandemic, please adhere to this.

Please do not travel to Castleloch Fishery from outside the Dumfries area whilst these restrictions are in place.

The loch consists of natural water and therefore is not a commercial fishery, rewards are not always instant, however it is always a pleasure to fish. The Castle Loch is the first Scottish coarse fishery to offer the services of a Wheelyboat.

They are the only fishery in Scotland to have ever held three national records and boasts some of Britain’s best wild natural Tench, Bream and Carp fishing.

Castle Loch Fishery
Castle Loch currently holds the Scottish Record Bream, the Scottish Record Tench and the Scottish Record Carp title . They boast some of the UKs best bream, carp, tench and pike fishing.

The lochs’ wildlife and scenery is outstanding and a superb venue for bird watching. There is also a path on which you can walk  the full way round the fishery.

We have a team of Association of professional Anglers coaches and we offer a full guiding service to anglers contact for more information. Castle Loch and Barony Angling Academy has taken the lead with coaching clients with special needs.



Castle Loch, Lochmaben, South West Scotland


Bruce Gillie: (07773) 658 136

Martin Mitchell: (07519) 780 362


  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible boat


The Fishing Venue

Castle Loch is approximately two hundred acres and is based in South West Scotland in very pleasant surroundings.

7lb’s is the average size of fish in the Castle Loch and you have a good chance of a double figure specimen.

Tench in excess of 10lbs (a new Scottish record) have been caught, so it’s not just bream that make Castle Loch special and 7lbs specimens are quite common. Also reaching specimen proportions are roach, perch and pike at 30lb.

There are specimen carp at 45lb a Scottish record. Mostly the carp are over 20lbs. It is not easy water for catching carp but definitely worth the long day when you do catch one.

Fishing Permits

Permits must be bought before fishing otherwise you’ll be asked to leave. Fishing is by a day permit system and permits are available online, the post office in Lochmaben or from Halleaths Caravan Park. Season permits are also available from the fishery managers. All the permits on this fishery run from midnight to midnight.