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Big Fish Caught in Colourful Water at Beecraigs
Monday, 08 January 2007

Beecraigs Loch has fished very well during December and a lot of big fish have been caught.    Weather wise it has been very mild for the time of year and relatively ice free.   Once again we have had monsoons of rain and the Loch rose considerably, and at times it was very coloured. 

Tactics have been once again to fish flies deep and with a slow retrieve.   Successful patterns have been the dancer, black and green fritz, cats whiskers, and of course the booby in its many colours which has taken the lions share of the fish. 

Tam and Peter McAlpine from Dunfermline had 6 good rainbows for 20lb 15oz on the dancer, Tam had a good one of 10lb 15oz.    Local anglers Jock Johnstone and Andy Maxwell from Armadale came in with 9 rainbows for 30lb 3oz all on the booby.    Paul Howarth and William McLachlan from Grangemouth took a 10 fish limit for 34lb 1oz, which included 2 good ones at 9lb 2oz and 5lb 12oz all on the booby.    Ballingry anglers, G. Michie and A. Ritchie also had their limit of 10 for the same weight of 34lb 1oz.   Mr Ritchie had a nice fish of 11lb 8oz.   Davie Paterson from Larbert had 5 for 21lb 5oz on the booby, with the best at 8lb 2oz and 7lb 5oz.   Phil Bryant from Reading showed that perseverance with the nymph even in winter can often pay off.   Phil hooked and landed a fin perfect rainbow of 11lb 5oz on a size 12 hares ear nymph. 

Other notable fish caught have been by Wishaw anglers, Alex MacDonald and his nephew, also Alex MacDonald who each caught a double on the same day weighing in at 10lb 8oz and 10lb 12 oz respectively.   

The last weekend of December closed with a bang as several more "Lunker Bows" were taken.   Rosyth angler Shane Hargreaves achieved his lifetime ambition of catching a double, which he hooked and finally landed after a good 30 minutes, a beauty of a triploid rainbow of 14lb 8oz.    Shane caught the fish on a black and green booby  which he purchased from Beecraigs Lodge in the morning.    On the same day, Ian Hunt from Glasgow also caught a personal best fish of 10lb 11oz caught on a large pheasant tail. 

January has started off superbly and some excellent catches are being made.    The weather is still very mild and at times somewhat spring like. 

Permits and enquiries can be made at the Park Centre on 01506 844516, with the cost being £17.50 for a 5 fish limit.    Session times being 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 January 2007 )
Places To Fish In West Lothian
Friday, 01 December 2006

Allandale Tarn Fishery is situated 2 miles south of Livingston.

Directions from the A71, coming from the east - On entering Polbeth take the 2nd turn on the right at the "Five Sisters Inn". Coming from the west - On entering Polbeth take the 1st on the left at the "Five Sisters Inn". The road narrows at the bottom after the last house and crosses a small burn. The fishery is signposted the 2nd on the right.

Allandale Tarn is one of Scotland's best placed fisheries, being only 2 minutes from the A71 and easily accessible from both the M8 and M9. The Tarn, which has been extensively landscaped, shelters in the shade of the "Five Sisters" landmark.

The fishery, which is a Troutmasters Water, comprises of the Tarn, a top quality, fly only water of approximately 3 acres and the Iona Bait Pool, which is 1 acre in size. The clear water and large numbers of natural flies makes Allandale a superb venue for nymph or dry fly fishing.

The Tarn is stocked daily with top quality triploid rainbows as well as varieties such as Blues, Golden and Tiger. The trout are stocked in a size range of 1lb 8oz to 18lb. The Iona Bait Pool is also stocked daily with the same quality of trout.

The facilities include Rod hire, tackle sales and snacks are available in the fishing lodge. We have an excellent, safe car park and easy access for disabled anglers.
There are also ladies and gents toilets available on site.

Tarn Fly Fishing
Day (9am - 4.30pm):£16.00 (5 fish)
Any 4 hours:£11.00 (3 fish)
Evening sessions (5pm - dusk):£14.00 (4 fish)
Junior and senior (Mon. - Fri):£11.00 (3 fish)
Parent and child (under 13):£18.00 (3 fish)

For further information and permits Telephone:- 01506-873073 

Ballencrieff Fishery is situated between the M8 and the M9 at Ballencrieff Toll near Bathgate. The Fishery is fly-fishing only on two reservoirs, one of four acres and the other two acres. The fishery is stocked regularly with rainbow trout and brown trout ranging from 2lbs to 20 lbs.

The reservoirs are fed from two burns off the hills and have excellent water quality and clarity. The fishery can cater for up to 48 anglers and the water has deep pockets, sandy shallows, islands, great natural feed and steep and shallow banks all of which allow for great fishing. The facilities include a cafe and tackle shop with hot and cold snacks and drinks and a range of tackle for sale. Fishing equipment is available for hire and there is an extensive car parking. 

Opening hours are 9am to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket Prices :
8 hours 3 fish, then catch & release £25
6 hours 2 fish, then catch & release £21
4 hours 2 fish, then catch & release £18
8 hours Catch & release only £20
6 hours Catch & release only £16
4 hours Catch & release only £12

For more detailed information and bookings :
Telephone:- 01506 630808
Webs:- www.ballencrieff-fishery.co.uk

Bangour Reservoir is situated a couple of miles north east of Livingston. Come off the motorway at junction 3 and look for the A899 towards Dechmont and the fishery is signposted from there.

The fishing is fly and bait.

There is a variety of species to catch including browns, blues, goldens, brooks, triploids, steelheads, tigers and rainbows - with both browns and rainbows in the double figure range. There is also carp which was introduced approximately 17 years ago, which are estimated to be 20lb plus.

The facilities include tackle shop, rod hire, refreshments and snacks,
fly-tying expert on site, car park, toilet, picnic area and a new fishermens bothy.

Prices are :
8 hours £16.00 5 fish limit.
6 hours £13.50 4 fish limit.
4 hours £11.00 3 fish limit.

The fishery is open all year and 24 hour fishing is available (flood lights are installed).

For more detailed information and bookings, Telephone : 04101 86689 or 07801 824617.
 Beecraigs Loch is situated in Beecraigs Country Park nr Linlithgow.

It is a long established, sheltered, 20 acre, chalk spring loch which is open all
year round. The fishing is for rainbow and brown trout and is boat and fly-fishing only.

Facilities include private car parking, fully equipped fishing lodge and tackle shop,
with toilets and refreshments and there is a floating jetty enabling easy access to the well maintained boats. There are only 8 boats so advanced booking is essential.

The loch is stocked daily with graded Rainbow Trout and the occasional brown trout. There are concessions available to OAP's and free junior angling.

Permits And Session Times For 2006

Day - 9 am till 4 pm, £42 for 2 rods & 12 fish limit

Evening - 4:30 till 10:30 pm, £42 for 2 rods & 12 fish limit

Night 11 pm till 6 am, £42 for 2 rods & 12 fish limit

4 hour sessions 4:30 till 8:30 pm, £26 & 6 fish limit

Winter fishing 9:30 am till 3:30 pm, £34 & 10 fish limit
The Park Centre, Beecraigs Country Park, Near Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6PL

Tel : 01506 844516 - Fax : 01506 846256  
E-mail : Web : www.beecraigs.com   

Linlithgow Loch is situated in the center of Linlithgow.

The fishing is bank and boat for rainbows and browns.

The season is from March 15th till Oct 6th.
For further information and permits contact:-

The Forth Federation of Anglers

Telephone : 01506-844170 or the lodge Telephone : 01506-671753
  Morton Fishery is situated 3 miles south east of Livingston.

The fishing is boat and bank for rainbows, browns and the season is from March 8th till Oct 25th. Refreshments and tuition are also available.

Prices are :
£14.50 day session 3 fish
£10 Half day 2 fish
Boat hire £4 per session

For further information and permits

Telephone : 01506-882293
  Parkley Fishery is situated 2 miles east of Livingston.
The fishing is bank for rainbows and browns.

For further information and permits Telephone:- 01506-842027
  Selmuir Fisheries at Livingston.

Bank fishing for rainbows, browns and brookies.
They are open all year round and the facilities include refreshments, flies for sale and tuition.

Prices are:
£14.50 8 hours 6 fish
£12.50 4 hours 4 fish

There is No catch and release

For further information and permits contact :
Telephone: 01506-884550


Last Updated ( Friday, 01 December 2006 )
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