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South Uist Estate

Fishery

South Uist with it's alkaline lochs, has some of the finest and most exceptional brown trout and sea trout fishing in the world. The brown trout are truly wild which is a rare resource in this age of stocked fisheries. There are some 800 lochs and lochans on the two islands of South Uist and Benbecula and virtually all of these contain wild brown trout. The hill lochs tend mainly to have large populations of small fish, albeit 'monster' fish are caught there from time to time, the best baskets of brown trout are caught in the machair lochs where the size of fish ranges from 1lbs up to 5lbs.

The sea trout fishing is mainly on the west coast lochs where there are three main systems consisting of some seven lochs. Unlike most other fisheries the sea trout lochs in Uist do not necessarily require high water conditions as the fish are able to come up with the spring tides which back right up into the lower lochs. The average fish is 2.5lbs but fish between 4 to 7lbs are not uncommon and a number of double figure sea trout are taken each year.

Bag Limits

There are no specific bag limit for sea trout and brown trout - anglers are being asked, and increasingly are agreeing, to practice voluntarily catch and release. The wild brown trout and sea trout are a unique asset and it is worth taking considerable trouble to protect and foster the fishing so it will continue to flourish for future generations.

The open seasons are as follows:-

Brown trout: 15th March - 30th Sept (inclusive)

Sea trout/salmon: 1st Feb - 31st Oct (inclusive)

2019 Machair loch permit prices (including boat):-

Brown trout: All season - £45

Salmon/Sea trout: 2nd July-31st July - £60 per day

Salmon/Sea trout: 1st Aug-29th Sept - £60-£80 per day

Salmon/Sea trout: 1st Oct-31st Oct - £60 per day

2019 Hill loch permit prices (including boat):-

Brown trout: 1st June-30th Sept - £25 per day

Salmon/Sea trout: 1st Aug-30th Sept - £55 per day

Salmon/Sea trout: 1st Oct-31st Oct - £25 per day

*ALL the above prices are based on two rods per boat. Additional anglers will be charged at half the boat rate*

Safety

All those using boats should wear a lifejacket. These are obtainable from the South Uist Estate (Storas Uibhist) office.

Tel: 01878 700 101

Be aware that the weather can change very rapidly into rough conditions and whilst the lochs are generally not large, they tend to be shallow and contain rocks and skerries - often just under the surface.

Max rods/permits
10
Ghillies
Yes
5 year average
36.8

Top facilities

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Availability

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Catches

Atlantic salmon
Last 7 days: 0 (Largest: 0lbs)

'17 '18 '19 '20 '21 Avg '22
Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
May 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jun 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 1
Jul 12 2 20 3 12 9.8 8
Aug 22 10 14 4 4 10.8 0
Sep 6 7 5 10 3 6.2 0
Oct 11 7 11 15 5 9.8 0
Nov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 52 26 50 32 24 36.8 9

Sea trout
Last 7 days: 0 (Largest: 0lbs)

'17 '18 '19 '20 '21 Avg '22
Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Feb 0 6 0 0 0 1.2 0
Mar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
May 1 2 0 0 1 0.8 0
Jun 1 2 4 4 22 6.6 0
Jul 7 65 96 18 31 43.4 42
Aug 31 224 58 79 162 110.8 6
Sep 38 177 49 135 84 96.6 0
Oct 24 75 47 32 73 50.2 0
Nov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 102 551 254 268 373 309.6 48

Wild trout
Last 7 days: 0 (Largest: 0lbs)

'17 '18 '19 '20 '21 Avg '22
Jan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Feb 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mar 0 6 0 0 0 1.2 11
Apr 20 58 18 0 18 22.8 31
May 616 1081 907 0 925 705.8 616
Jun 883 1086 521 5 1088 716.6 616
Jul 246 240 282 138 300 241.2 99
Aug 613 306 186 315 425 369 50
Sep 279 136 270 168 245 219.6 0
Oct 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 2657 2913 2184 626 3001 2276.2 1423

Facilities & information

Facilities

Hut

Boat fishing available

Fly only

Easy wading

Bank fishing

Equipment hire

Fish

Atlantic salmon

Wild trout

Sea trout

Recreations

Pub (a short drive)

Arrival information and directions

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