Cocksburn Reservoir (Pendreich)

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Cocksburn Reservoir is a small, now disused for water supply, reservoir at the back of Bridge of Allan. While its formal name is Cocksburn Reservoir most locals refer to it as Pendreich which is the name of the surrounding Foresty Commission woodland.


View Cocksburn Reservoir (Pendreich) in a larger map

Pendreich at sunset

Pendreich at sunset

It is stocked with Brown Trout and maintained by Stirling Castle Angling Club.
Permits are available from Angling Active and I think cost £15 for 2016. Permits might also be purchased at Roslyn Cottage, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan. Permits are Dawn to Dusk. If you are interested in fishing it more than a few times, then consider joining SCAC, contact me for information, or ask at Angling Active.

Pendreich: an Anglers view

Pendreich: an Anglers view

A permit allows you to fish from dawn to dusk and it’s a place you can pretty much have to yourself for most of the day weekdays anyway.

Be aware, though there may be no one on site, Baillifs do monitor the loch remotely and the Police will be called if poaching is suspected.
Fishing for permit holders is from the bank only. There is a small boat but only club members are allowed to use it and hold the keys.
Fishing from the Dam wall is probably easiest for most anglers, however it is possible to bank fish and wade on both North and South banks though weed does build up in some areas as the season progresses making bank fishing a little tricky at times. Float tubing is permitted only for members who have signed an insurance waiver with the club. Note the loch narrows towards a weedier area where a burn joins the loch. The top half of this weedy area is a designated wildlife sanctuary and fishing is not permitted. If in any doubt do not progess beyond where the loch narrows at the east end into the weedy area.

A wee Brownie from Pendreich on the Daddy Longlegs- released

A wee Brownie from Pendreich on the Daddy Longlegs- released

Nature reserve at Pendreich

A schematic showing the boundary beyond which no fishing is permitted as it is a designated nature reserve

Fishing is fly only and no Lures.

There is a Two fish take limit for anglers wanting fish for the pot, and all anglers are limited to 10 fish total even when fishing Catch and Release. For C&R observe the usual precautions, don’t return seriously injured fish, try limit handling, handle with wet hands and if the water is very warm as it can be in summer, try rest the fish well and return it to deeper water, When fishing on the dam wall a very long handled net is recommended to recover fish, and returning them. DO NOT throw the fish back into the water from the wall.

As its not my place to hand out peoples private information on a publicly accessible website, anyone wanting information about Stirling Castle Angling Club can contact me and I can pass on the relevant contact information. At this point in time I have no executive relationship with the club other than being a member of SCAC . Alternatively Stirling Angling Centre can provide contact details also. I noticed there was no information about the club on the permit.

Website:Excellent

http://www.stirlingcastleac.co.uk

Facilites:1 star

None as not a commercial fishery, but very quiet and a really nice place to spend a (hopefully not too windy) day away from it all.

Angling:4 star

A really nice wee spot and facilites and website aside- recommended. Species: Brown trout and Pike.

 

30 Comments

  1. john
    January 22, 2012 @ 20:59

    hi is their any reservoirs in the central belt that you can fish with a permit or not any help would be helpfull.cheers

    Reply

    • unfamous
      January 22, 2012 @ 22:14

      Reservoirs: Carron Valley is the obvious one, majorly large reservoir. North Third is a former reservoir now only used for fishing though I do believe while its not for drinking water it has a more strategic function in times of emergency. Neither of these is open in Winter as they are prone to freezing. Bangour is a former reservoir again, closed in winter and quite small.
      Over near Edinburgh is Glencorse which I think is still run by Scottish Water for fishing. Fished it years ago used to be full of stocked Brownies. Scottish Water used to have fishing on a lot of waters, look up their website . The biggest problem with reservoirs in winter is most are closed. Nearer Glasgow is Harelaw, Drumbowie (belongs to Bonnybridge AC near Denny is a former reservoir also.
      In terms of permits I know of none that are publicly accessible that are free, all need permits.
      HTH

      Reply

  2. john
    March 1, 2012 @ 13:49

    hi any information on where to get permits for pendreich.thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      March 1, 2012 @ 14:37

      The AGM is tonight so hopefully I will be able to answer the question for you tomorrow if thats OK.
      I will probably update the fishery page on this site with the info.

      Reply

  3. Tim Gellaitry
    May 8, 2012 @ 12:25

    Kenny,

    Could you please send me the contact number for Lex as I have misplaced it.

    Thanks,
    Tim

    Reply

  4. james riley
    January 20, 2013 @ 14:43

    Hi am trying to renew my membership for this year but have no cantact details could a member email me lex number thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      January 20, 2013 @ 15:10

      Renewals are taken at the AGM or within a month after. They will send you a letter with the AGM date and Time, usually in the Birds and the Bees at Cornton mid Feb/early March. The renewal fee isnt settled until the AGM so no point doing anything just yet.
      Would have been clever not to put an invalid email address in the comment- its impossible to email you to the address provided.

      Reply

  5. john paterson
    February 25, 2013 @ 22:54

    would like to join scac please advise thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      February 26, 2013 @ 10:34

      Will respond by email.
      regards
      K

      Reply

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  7. ian mcnicol
    June 30, 2013 @ 17:41

    hi there i would like to put my name on the membership waiting list for the 2014 season.,thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      July 1, 2013 @ 08:19

      Unfortunately the email you provided bounces as invalid so my mail to give you contact info for the club wasn’t delivered.

      Reply

  8. Craig
    October 19, 2013 @ 18:21

    Hi, can I have contact details for joining the club please.

    Thanks

    Reply

    • unfamous
      October 21, 2013 @ 17:15

      Reply sent to provided email address

      Reply

  9. Brian
    May 4, 2014 @ 19:14

    Email me contact details of joining club as I would like to fish all year

    Reply

  10. David Comrie
    May 15, 2014 @ 10:06

    Hi, Please send details re Club membership.

    Thanks. in advance.

    Reply

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  13. Craig
    November 11, 2014 @ 18:20

    Hi I’m looking to join the club. Can you please send me details about doing so?

    Much appreciated

    Reply

    • unfamous
      November 11, 2014 @ 21:05

      Email sent to address provided

      Reply

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  15. Mark Dunn
    May 9, 2015 @ 20:10

    Hi any information on joining the club or permits would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

    Reply

    • unfamous
      May 10, 2015 @ 13:59

      Please check your email, have sent information
      cheers
      Kenny

      Reply

  16. Gavin Adams
    December 13, 2015 @ 13:12

    cant wait to get back up next year

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  19. Craig
    February 20, 2017 @ 10:54

    hi can i have details about joining please

    Reply

    • unfamous
      February 25, 2017 @ 16:37

      The club now has a website http://www.stirlingcastleac.co.uk and you can enquire to the treasurer on any vacant places there. Apologies, someone else called Craig messaged me via Facebook the same day as you messaged here and I thought you were one and the same.

      Reply

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