Trout fishing is available throughout the Dee valley from a variety of stocked fisheries located near the main river stem. These provide fishing virtually all year round.
Trout fisheries allow families and groups to visit and everyone can have a go at catching the stocked fish. These often include brown, rainbow, blue and golden trout. Some of the fisheries even have tagged fish that entitle you to a cash prize if you are fortunate enough to catch one.
Such fisheries can also be a real godsend when the river is in spate and too high to fish safely, or alternatively, during the late summer when the water levels may very occasionally drop well below normal summer lows making it difficult to catch a wild salmon, unless of course, you are out in the hours of darkness.
Ideally situated on the main A93 road between Banchory and Ballater sits the 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.
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 destination 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. 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.
Raemoir Trout Fishery
Mill of Strachan Fishery
Glen Tanar Estate Trout Fishery
Logie Trout Fishery
Midmar Fishery website