Fishing is a favourite past time on Bute.

From the tranquillity of Loch Fad with spectacular views of the surrounding topography of the Highland Boundary Fault to exciting sea fishing around the Firth of Clyde there is something for every keen angler.

Bute has around half a dozen Lochs available to the fishing enthusiast. Loch Fad and Loch Quien have some very good Rainbow, Brown Trout and Pike sport. Loch Fad covers 175 acres and is classified by Scottish Natural Heritage as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its huge diversity of bird life and vegetation. With a maximum depth of 36 feet at the narrows, the ends of the loch have shallower areas ideal for fly-fishing. The fishery is suitable for both the serious and novice angler with a large area of the loch, and the 30 boats with 4hp outboards restricted to fly only. Bait and spinning is permitted from the bank at the north end of the loch. The loch is stocked several times each week with quality reared fish. Loch Fad facilities include a picnic area, angler’s shelter, toilets, partial disabled access, tuition, ghillie and rod hire and staff on hand to offer expert advice. Find more information on lochfad web site

The Isle of Bute Angling Association has the fishing rights to Loch Ascog, the 2 Dhu Lochs and the Greenan Loch. Loch Ascog and the Dhu Lochs have good quality pike, perch and roach fishing available. The Greenan Loch has common carp, mirror carp, crucian carp, bream, tench and roach available to the angler who relishes a challenge. Full details about these lochs are available on the association website at http://


Sea fishing is great around Bute. Mackerel are plentiful in the summer, whilst ballan wrasse can be caught all around the island, although the south end is particularly good. Pollack can also be caught here along with dogfish, codling and conger eels for the more experienced anglers.