Loch Awe is 25 miles long and up to 1 mile wide and has depths of more than 300ft in places.
Set in spectacular scenery the loch attracts many visiting anglers throughout the year for both the wild trout and coarse fishing, and in recent years has become something of a mecca for anglers pursuing the loch’s famous large predatory ferox trout and pike.
Loch Awe currently holds the British record Brown trout of 31lb 12oz which was caught in 2001, whilst this season already there have been several double figure fish recorded with one coming close to the record at 30lb 10oz.
Brown Trout Fishing
The trout fishing season on Loch Awe runs from March 15th to October 15th. The best fly fishing for wild brown trout is to be had during the first few months of the season before fish move into deeper water and at the back end of the season when the fish move back into shallower water.
Traditional drift fishing over shallower water during these times can still produce nice baskets of hard fighting brown trout averaging 3/4lb with fish of 1-2lb not uncommon. Spinning can also be very effective in the right areas.
Trolling for Ferox trout is a very successful and popular fishing method used on Loch Awe. Ferox trout are large predatory Brown trout which spend most of their time in the depths feeding on the loch’s abundant population of Arctic char and Roach.
Again best times for this type of fishing is early and late season though large double figure fish are caught throughout the season.
It is widely believed that Loch Awe is easily capable of producing more 30lb+ fish.
Coarse fish present in Loch Awe include Pike, Perch, Roach and eels, and some very good perch can be caught whilst spinning or bait fishing in the summer.
However, it is the Pike fishing that attracts anglers from all over the world, with 30lb+ fish caught every season, and 20lb+ fish caught on a regular basis.
Fishing for these Pike during the summer months using lures, dead baits and fly can offer tremendous sport, though some anglers fish for them throughout the season often picking up very good fish on dead baits during the colder months of the year.
Unlike the other coarse fish, there is no close season for Pike in Loch Awe.
Though most anglers come to Loch Awe for the trout and pike fishing, there is also the potential opportunity to catch other less targeted species such as Arctic Char in the deeper water.
There is also a chance of catching a salmon or sea trout, usually whilst trolling for ferox trout or pike.