Fishing in Caithness

The Thurso River – Fly Fishing

Thurso River is renowned for its Salmon Fishing. If you are interested in fishing a beat on Thurso River, contact Thurso Fisheries on: 01847 893134. Pricing, beats, other useful of the Thurso River for the year 2011. Visit their home page for more info. Also read: Thurso River Walk

Loch Calder

Calder is the main water supply loch for the Thurso area.
Calder is one of the few lochs where bait fishing is allowed.

  • Season – Mar – Oct
  • Permits – Harpers Fly Fishing Services, 57 High St., Thurso. KW14 5LE. Telephone: (01847) 893179
  • Limits – Minimum 10″

Loch Heilen

This loch is managed by the Loch Heilen Improvement Association. The loch was stocked in 1995 when 14,500 fingerlings were introduced, they were reared from eggs of fish that were from the loch (to preserve the strain). Access is easy with a car park at the loch-side. 100 yards from the car park is the boat berthing area.

Dunnet Head Lochs

This is controlled by the Dunnet Head Fishing Club who stock the lochs regularly. Fry are introduced to ensure that they are “wild” fish. Fishing is from the bank only and you should be careful in your approach as stealth brings it’s own rewards!

  • Season – 1st May – 6th October
  • Limits – Min 10″
  • Permits – Dunnet Head Tea-room on the B855 road at Brough.

Lesley Crawford

Check here – Caithness and Sutherland Angling Services (Lesley Crawford)

St. John’s Loch

Access to the loch is very good with a road running down to a parking area, boats and small harbour. St John’s LochFishing is either by boat or from the bank. Permits are required for both. This is a shallow loch with a marl bottom and you may find that weed can be a problem.

The story goes that this loch has curative powers. To reap the benefit of these powers you should walk around it, bathe in it, throw a piece of silver into it and be gone by sunrise.

However, anyone taking away a bit of silver from the loch would then acquire the disease of the cured person! The loch is managed by the St. John’s Angling Association. They stock the loch from their own hatchery.

Visitor permits for boat, float tube and bank angling are available locally at Dunnet Bay Camp Site, who also carry a selection of locally tied flies, or by direct application to the Secretary/Boat Steward either by telephone or e-mail.

  • Season – April to October
  • Limits – Minimum 10″
  • Permits – Northern Sands Hotel, Dunnet

Contact info:

Telephone: +44-1847-896956, +44-1847-894359
Fax: +44-1847-891760
Email: stjo… and rich…

Loch Watten

Visit Loch Watten

Sea Angling

Sea angling is good from most of the shores in this area.

  • Scrabster, below the lighthouse
  • The beaches at Thurso, Dunnet, Murkle
  • The rocks from all over

However, you should check out things such as access, tides and weather conditions for all coastal access!
Sea Angling from boats are available from Scrabster Harbour, where World records have been broken for Halibut, Por-beagle Shark and Skate!

 St. John's Loch - Fishing is either by boat or from the bank

Fig: St. John’s Loch – Fishing is either by
boat or from the bank

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