Coarse Fishing in Scotland

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you will probably already be familiar with the term 'coarse angling', but visitors from further afield might find it a little confusing. Coarse angling means fishing for pike, carp, perch, roach and indeed any freshwater fish, apart from those in the salmon and trout family. The word 'coarse' refers to the eating qualities of the fish rather than the manners of the anglers!

About this site

We have set out here to give you information on the main species to fish for, where the fisheries are, and how to go about organising your fishing.

These pages have been produced in association with the Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling and some of its constituent clubs, principally the Scottish Carp Group and the Pike Anglers Alliance for Scotland. More on these organisations can be found on our clubs/links page.

Species in Scotland

Pike are the most popular and widely distributed coarse species in Scotland. They are present throughout the whole of mainland Scotland except the most northerly parts of Caithness and Sutherland, and good specimens are present in most waters.

Carp fishing is becoming increasingly popular in Scotland with a number of fisheries established in recent years. Most are based in the Central belt and Dumfries & Galloway in the South West

Other species include Bream, Chub, Dace, Eel, Gudgeon, Perch, Roach, Rudd & Tench

Getting started

Existing Scottish coarse anglers can go straight to the lists of available fisheries and matches. Those new to Scotland may like to refer to our advice pages. Those new to the sport itself, should check our New to coarse fishing page. For further help, please ring our help desk on 01573 470612.

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Produced in association with the Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling



Pike fishing

32lb pike from the Lake of Menteith



Carp fishing

Carp from Galloway