Lake of Menteith
This well established and popular lake is one of Scotlands top Rainbow Trout fishery’s and is regularly used for International events so is very popular with competitive anglers.
Comprising of some 700 acres of shallow water which is stocked with up to 1000 rainbows a week though this has maybe dropped since Catch and Release has been encouraged more, you stand a great chance of some fine sport here. Prices quoted are per boat with up to a 10 fish boat limit and catch and release thereafter.( other take limits are allowed at different tarriffs)
This handy Lake of Menteith map shows the layout of the place and the names of the bays.
There is no bank fishing.
You need to turn up at your designated time to get your boat. There is a single angler rate also available which is roughly in line with charges at other local fisheries so its pretty good value.
The Lake is natural and has a long and interesting history. The Inchmaholme Priory that occupies Inchmaholme Island was home to Mary Queen of Scots for a while. The story also goes that it was named after the Earl of Menteith as a reward for turning over William Wallace to the English, after which he suffered a grim end in London. I am not entirely sure of the authenticity or provenance of that story.
Overview of Lake of Menteith
The fishery is accessed from the Arnprior to Port of Mentieth road and is just off the road to the car park. Parking is plentiful though it can get busy when there are competitions on and the day/evening sessions rotate. A new lodge was completed in 2013 and provides cafe facilities, a small selection of flies and tackle and facilities for safety gear and boat maintenance.
Parking and Access:
Very good, always busy though so best arrive in plenty of time at weekends.
Contact: 01877 385664 Post code for Sat Nav: FK8 3RA
Boats and boats for the disabled. Boat fishing only, no shore fishing or wading. Set fishing times though different sessions available depending on the season so perhaps not as restrictive as it first seems. As its purely boat fishing its understandable. Pike angling sessions are available on the fly. Boats are supplied with Drogues and nets ( your own not allowed). Bass bags too are banned- use a clean poly bag ( ask for one in the lodge).
Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Blue Trout,
Big Pike, Perch and Roach are also found in the Lake.
Rules: Fly only and no flies over 1.25 inches.
Catch and Release Policy:
Catch and Release is allowed and in fact encouraged.
I am giving the website 5 stars as, as far as trout fishery websites go, it is modern ( needs a few rough edges sorting, but is regularly updated with fishing and competition reports, and yes, it has a webcam!
I really like “The Lake” as its known locally. It’s big but not too big and it has lots of interesting nooks and crannies. It can be a very tricky fishery and the fish are among the strongest I have encountered. I have been broken, had hooks break and bend more often here than at any other location. It can be quite mad sometimes! Like all big waters it can be daunting to know where to go at times but the fishery supplies maps and there is a brilliant guide to the venue at the gofishing website.
Oh- and there is a well propagated myth that Lake of Menteith is Scotlands only “Lake”, this is not totally true! I think it Scotland only natural body of water termed “Lake” but there are other man made bodies of water with the title Lake.