a stunning loch

Mussel Loch

managed by Shetland Anglers Association

High alkalinity Shallow Low shoreline complexity Low elevation Very small


Just a few minute’s walk from the ferry terminal this loch holds mainly small brown trout. Weed becomes a nuisance in the second half of the season.

  • Yell, Shetland
  • Lake
  • Brown trout



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.

Waters nearby

Other waters within 5 miles

Loch of Littlester

Yell, Shetland

A clear water loch which can produce some good brown trout with an average about 12 ounces. Fish can be caught all ro...

Loch of Kettlester

Yell, Shetland

A mostly shallow loch with good stocks of smallish brown trout but there are a few better fish of 12 ounces.

Neishon Water

Mainland, Shetland

Deep water close to the shore and there is no need to wade. The loch has been stocked by the SAA and trout up to one ...

Sand Water

Mainland, Shetland

Some good fish of more than two pounds can be caught here. South shore is rocky and difficult to wade but the north s...