Wild Brown Trout fishing on Loch Migdale, Sutherland
A 250 acre tree-lined loch with wild brown trout averaging ¾ lb. The north shore is predominantly deciduous while the south has a pine plantation. The loch runs east-west. It is fed by one major burn and runs out to the Dornoch Firth. The loch is easily accessible and suitable for all the family. There are pleasant walks around the loch. There is also a golf course in Bonar Bridge.
You can find us approximately 3 km north of Bonar Bridge. Follow the road sign-posted 'Golf Course', go past the course and on your right the loch comes in to view. Continue until you come to the 'Loch Migdale' sign at the church when you turn right. The next right, signed East Gilgo, takes you to the loch. For more details and directions see the Finding Us page
Migdale is rich in natural food throughout the fishing season. The trout are well-conditioned from opening day generally stocked up on snails (try Black and Peacock, Bibio and Ke-he) and sticklebacks (Silver Invicta or Bloody Butcher). Mayfly are in evidence from late May through to July, a steady but long hatch. Green Drake for adults and Olive Bumble for spent mayfly are most effective. Caddis, sedge and stone-fly all make appearances throughout the season but are more prevalent towards the latter end. Green Peter, Invicta or your favourite winged wet provide sport. Terrestrials such as Daddy-long-legs and Heather-flies give action to wading anglers.
Wild brown trout with an average of ¾ lb. The small fish farm on the loch has improved the size of the native trout; on-grown smolts are also present and take fiercely. The heaviest fish of recent years was a 7lb 2 oz brown trout taken on a size 12 Black Pennell. Anglers must return all ripe fish, including cock-fish, late in the season. All brown trout under 10inches should be returned. There is a limit of 4 fish per rod. Salmon and sea-trout are present in the loch and may be caught late in the season; these are breeding stock and must be returned, in line with local conservation measures. Anglers should report captures of the above with their fish returns at the boat-house.
For more information on fishing in the loch see our Fishing on the Loch page. If you're looking for other activities and information on accommodation see the Accommodation and Activities page.