Pike are not found in many lochs in Lochaber, suggesting they may not be native. However Lochs Lochy and Arkaig have had pike populations for decades and these offer excellent pike fishing in spectacular scenery.
Pike as a quarry are equal in size and strength to the Scottish anglers favourite, the Atlantic Salmon.
Scotland sits almost bang in the middle of the pikes distribution range which gives us the correct climate and conditions to grow consistently large pike.
The large lochs of Scotland produce their fair share of pike exceeding 30 pounds in weight, with the largest recorded pike in the British Isles coming from Loch Lomond, weighing in at 47lb 11oz.
The fish in these waters can be widely spread and can take some tracking down, but once found take baits freely. Some outstanding catches have been made in the past, with fish regularly over 20 pounds / 10 kilos
/ 1 metre being taken.
Loch Arkaig provides the most rugged backdrop to some of the most under exploited fishing Scotland has to offer. Among the beautiful and dramatic scenery these lochs produce some of the most spectacular acrobatic fighting fish that are more than willing to take top water baits. These lochs vary in depth considerably, and are best fished from a boat. As with all boat fishing, please think safety first and ensure you go suitably equipped and all members of your party wear life jackets.
Finally please ensure you go equipped to deal with a large predator, appropriate unhooking tools are as important as the rods and reels you use. Practice catch and release and ensure others can enjoy the sport you have in the future.