Where are the best Pike Fishing Lochs near Edinburgh?
Firstly, this is one of the best pike fishing lochs in Scotland.
This 286 hectares loch, nestles in the hills above the market town of Peebles. This loch has a healthy population of pike, trout, and perch. Moreover, guests can fish from the bank or boat at this venue. The loch boasts some outstanding scenery. It’s very private, and the perfect place to escape.
In fact, the biggest pike caught in recent times was about 22lb. Although there are no monsters, there are plenty of pike in the “teens”.
There is a beautifully appointed fishing lodge on the South shore of the loch, with kitchen, toilets, log fire and a dining area.
There are many stories to tell about this loch. A few years ago, we were filming a TV show for Belgium TV. The show was about a father and daughter, enjoying a fishing vacation in Scotland. With cameras rolling and the pressure on, the first fish that came to the net was 15 Pounds in weight and a perfect specimen.
In a 2 hour session, we had 9 fish and when the cameras left fished for an hour and landed and released another 12. You can view this pike fishing footage on our videos page.
Careful catch and release
Naturally, we practice good catch and release methods with these fish. In fact, we use single hooks and avoid trebles, to protect the pike.The the excellent Varivas Semi Circle hook is the best hook for bait fishing. It usually results in a clean hook up in the corner of the mouth. In order to minimise damage to fish, we release fish in the water with no handling.
Secondly, when lure fishing we use a 110lb mono leader with clip rather than a wire trace. Wire traces can be damaging when a pike rolls during a scrap. However, the wire can cut into the flesh. In the summer the pike in this loch are switched on to anything on the surface. Fishing surface lures here is spectacular.
Meanwhile, if you are used to lure fishing for Bass in the states, this loch will be ideal. Trevor Topkin, a young competition bass fisherman, had a memorable day here. you can watch a video of Trevor Topken catching pike in Scotland here.
To conclude, guided fishing trips are available here throughout the year. The days are complimented by professional photography and hot lunches. The well-appointed log cabin, is the perfect spot to relax, eat lunch and warm up by the log fire.
Lastly, our team of guides included many pike specialists, who have extensive experience fishing here. Your guide will pick you up, and drop off in Edinburgh.
Also, if you want to add in some touring, Roslin Chapel and Glenkinchie distillery are nearby.
In addition to the resident pike, there is a healthy population of trout in this water. 15 years ago this was one of Scotland’s foremost trout lochs.
Check out this Guided pike fishing near Edinburgh page.