a stunning loch

Loch of Watsness

water managed by Shetland Anglers Association

High alkalinity Shallow Moderate shoreline complexity Low elevation Very small


In the past this loch was said to be fishless but the Association introduced brown trout in the mid to late 1990’s and some decent fish have been caught since. A shallow loch which should be waded with care.

  • Mainland, 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 Sung

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This small, shallow water is a short walk from the road and holds brown trout of an 8oz average.

Sma Lochs

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A ten minute walk west of Lunga water takes you to these small lochs which hold good quality fish of 8 to 12 oz.

Stanevatstoe Loch

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A weedy, roadside loch which holds mostly small trout.

Lunga Water

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Burga Water

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Mousavord Loch

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Loch of Flatpunds

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A dark, rocky loch with small, dark trout which average about 8 ounces.

Djuba Water

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A deep, dark water with deep water close to shore with good quality fish which average about 12oz.

Mousa Water

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This is a small, dour water which is little fished but there are a few decent fish here.

Daney’s Loch

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There are some large, good quality fish here but numbers are low and they are not easy to catch.