a stunning loch
Mainland, Shetland

Loch of Spiggie

managed by Shetland Anglers Association

High alkalinity Shallow Moderate shoreline complexity Low elevation Large
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Owned by the RSPB and rented by the SAA. There are two areas where fishing is banned – the bay at the far south end and a small area in the north west corner.

This is the largest loch in the south mainland, and for more than a century, one of the most popular. Sadly this water has, over the past few years, suffered a decline in catches, but there are still fish to be caught. There is a large area of sandy shallows at the north end and a pair of chest waders are required to fish this area effectively. There is no Association boat here at present. Electric engines only are permitted on the loch – no petrol engines. Spiggie fish are silvery and fight well. Average weight is about 10 ounces but there are larger fish to 2 pounds.

  • Mainland, Shetland, Scotland
  • Brown trout
  • Lake



Permission & Tickets

Fishing permits can be purchased at either the Lerwick Tourist Office or the tackle shop, Rod and Line, which is in Harbour Street in Lerwick. The SAA organises a number of fishing competitions during the season running separate boat and bank leagues and the visiting angler will be made most welcome at these. Details will be supplied with your permit.

You can also buy a permit online from the Association's website.

Boats for hire – The Association has several boats for hire, and at present these are located at the following lochs – Loch of Benston, Loch of Asta, Loch of Northouse, Loch of Clousta, Loch of Tingwall, Sulma Water and Punds Water. These can change, but details of boat locations and hire can be got from the tackle shop.

Clubhouse – The SAA owns an unlicensed clubhouse, situated in Burns Lane in Lerwick, to which the visiting angler is most welcome. Hours of opening are from 8.30pm and 11.00pm on most Tuesdays and Fridays.

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