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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.

From Friday 29th May Castleloch Fishery will reopen with strict social distancing policies in place to comply with the Scottish Governments regulations during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Please ensure you book in advance, before travelling, as angler numbers are strictly limited.

When within the fishery please adhere to social distancing and keep a minimum distance of 2m away from anyone who does not live with you.

Please use hand sanitiser regularly, as well as before and after touching gates, fences and handrails.

Do not share rods/bait etc with other anglers, out with your own household.

Please also note that toilet facilities remain closed for the time being.

For any queries, please contact either Bruce Gillie: (07773) 658 136 or Martin Mitchell: (07519) 780 362

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.