a stunning loch
Mainland, Shetland

Smerla Water

managed by Shetland Anglers Association

OS Map: 467 - Explorer

HU 38302 60778


138 m above sea level

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Park beside the Loch of Gonfirth on the B971 a couple of miles west of the village of Voe and a ten minute walk up the valley to the south will bring you to the loch. Much of the loch has a rocky shore with deep water close in but the south has some shallower areas which can be waded.
Hill loch trout which are mostly 8 ounces or less.

  • 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.

Boats for hire – The Association has a number of boats for hire and at the 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.