Coarse fishing in Deeside

Aboyne Loch

Ideally situated on the main A93 road between Banchory and Ballater sits the very scenic and popular Aboyne Loch. The loch is open all year round for local and visiting coarse fishermen.

This is a productive fishery which allows bait, spinning and fly fishing and has an excellent mixture of fish inhabiting the loch. The resident species include bream, carp, ide, perch, pike, roach and tench which will provide a variety of sport for all levels of angling skills.

It is reported that the pike weighing up to and over 30lbs are taken each year. They were originally introduced during Victorian times to provide an opportunity for novices to develop their skills and confidence in catching fish. This remains true to this day and newcomers to the sport can use it to develop their skills.

Luke Myatt with a Pike taken on a Mepps spinner at Aboyne Loch.

An Orfe from Aboyne Loch

Blair Forsyth with a Pike caught at at Aboyne Loch on a Herring dead bait.

Fishing Aboyne Loch

The on-site static caravan park provides good facilities and bait can be purchased from the shop. You may even be able to pitch a tent or acquire a caravan for the night depending on availability. The fishery also has some boats and it's a safe place to come and fish. Royal Deeside is a world-famous tourist centre and as such there are numerous local places for the non-fishing visitor to explore.

Aboyne Loch can be a good alternative if the Dee becomes unfishable as it allows people to try their hand at fly fishing for either carp or pike regardless of the prevailing river conditions - unless of course the water freezes which it does occasionally during the winter months. For more information or to arrange permits call 01339 886244.