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Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing on Lewis Scotland

O. S. Map 8

The Western Isles are something of a fishing paradise, with countless lochs and small rivers. All contain brown trout and many have excellent runs of salmon and sea trout. The runs of migratory fish will not normally be expected before June, after which they will continue till the end of the season in October. The main fishing on the islands is on the lochs but there is also some fabulous river fishing. 

The main river systems on Lewis are the famous Grimersta system, the Creed, Blackwater, Fhorsta, Laxay, Blackwater and Gress. Much of the salmon and sea trout fishing on Lewis is private but there is some excellent fishing available to the visiting angler.


The Gress River O.S. Map 8

Situated 8 miles to the north east of Stornoway, the Gress river is seven miles long from its source in Loch Ghrias to its estuary at Gress sands. Once renowned as a salmon and sea trout river, the runs of fish declined dramatically in the nineteen seventies. The river is now managed by the Gress Angling Club who are working towards the rehabilitation of the river and there are signs of some improvement in runs of migratory fish. The salmon and sea trout season is from June 1st to October 15th. Sea trout are the main quarry with around 100 fish per season but 2005 saw a significant improvement in the salmon and grilse fishing with thirty six fish caught. Visitor tickets are available, at £5 per day at the local shop and filling station, 'Gordon's', School Road, in the village of Back.


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River Creed O.S Map 8

The River Creed is a renowned salmon and sea trout fishery which enters the Minch just to the south of Stornoway. Managed, since 2001 by the Stornowaay Angling Association, the river comprises four miles of double bank fishing from Loch Chlachain to the Matheson Pool and includes 20 named pools, bank and boat fishing on Lochs Chlachain and Ois. The association is working hard to improve the fishing and the last few years have seen a steady improvement in runs of fish, with 241 salmon and 352 sea trout taken on 2005. The season runs from June 1st to October 15th, with July, August and September the best months. Day and evening tickets are available at all times for both the river and the lochs and can be obtained from several outlets in and around Stornoway. Boats can be booked by telephoning Angus Campbell's Filling Station on 01851 702127. Boats can only be booked for one day at a time and cost 10.

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Ravenspoint Fishings

Situated at Eishken, fifteen miles from Stornoway on the road to Tarbert, the Ravenspoint fishery is  a new community venture. All revenue from the permits goes into to helping to run non profit making activities organised by volunteers of the Co Chomunn, such as the old folks 'drop-in' centre . Permission to issue permits for salmon and sea trout fishing have been generously donated by Eishken Estate.

Set in some off the most remote and beautiful scenery in the Outer Hebrides, the fishing consists of six lochs set in the heart of the Eishken Estate. Five of the lochs offer salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing. The only loch which does not offer salmon and sea trout fishing is Loch an Eilein. The season runs from May 2nd to August 20th and the fishing is available to visitors at a cost of 20 per day.

There are no boats available bu the following lochs may be fished from the bank:

Loch Sgiobacleit: 4 rods
Loch Airigh Thormoid: 4 rods
Loch Eishken: 2 rods
Loch na Beirighe: 2 rods
Loch an Eilein : 2 rods
Loch Mar Stiomrabhaigh: 4 rods

Anglers may wish to take advantage of the low cost hostel accommodation in the area. The Co Chomunn na Pairc operates the 14 bedroom Ravenspoint Hostel, Kershader (Cearsiadair)  which offers 3 rooms, 2 with 4 and 1 with 6 bunk beds. There is a large kitchen and communal dining room with 2 showers and 2 bathrooms. Cost is 10 per person per night with reductions for groups.

This hostel is owned and operated by volunteers of the local Community Cooperative, the Co Chomunn na Pairc. It is a modernised former school on the south shore of Loch Erisort set in a beautiful and peaceful spot, it is also ideal also for wild life watching (sea eagle and otters), walking (the Cromore walk) sea fishing and other water sports. The building also contains a cafe-restaurant, food shop and knitwear centre.

Ravenspoint Centre
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Carloway River O.S. Map 8

Carloway Angling Club offers a variety of fishing on the Carloway river and associated lochs. The three main lochs hold salmon in season with fifteen smaller lochs offering good brown trout fishing, all at a cost of 5 per day or 10 per week.  The five year average catch is 10 salmon and grilse, plus an unrecorded number of brown trout. One salmon of 13lb plus has been taken in each of the past three years and 3 trout over 7lbs have been taken in the past five years from Loch Laxabhat and from the bank.

Permits are available at Carloway Post Office.

Barvas Estate  O.S. Map 8

The Barvas Estate, lying to the north west of Stornoway, offers salmon fishing on one loch and five miles of river for a maximum of twelve rods. Fly fishing is available at 10 per day, with a spinning ticket available at 20 per day. Boats may be hired for 10 in addition to the permit price. A catch of 242 salmon and grilse was recorded in 2005.

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North Lewis - Fishing Map

To view a larger scale map of a particular area of Lewis click on a selected area of the maps below.


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The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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