Aberdeen area has some of the best fishing and angling in the world. While the River Dee is a great spot for salmon, the River Don is famous for its brown trout. There are many more spectacular rivers, lochs, fisheries and 156 miles of coast to explore too.
The River Dee is internationally famous for its salmon fishing, and especially so for its multi-sea winter spring salmon, with anglers coming from all over the world to fish. It has historically been thought of as the top spring Atlantic Salmon river in the world
The river Deveron due to its more illustrious North East neighbours the Dee and Spey is a well kept secret where anglers return year after year. Salmon can be encountered right from opening day on February 11th anywhere on the river but the higher beats are usually a favourite. During April and May the brown trout fishing is superb with many specimens of 5 to 6 lb being caught each year.
The Don is a unique river. It has a reputable standing with the angling fraternity, not only for salmon and sea trout, but also as one of the finest wild brown trout rivers in Scotland, if not Europe.
There is a good variety of venues to choose from, with some of the best rainbow trout fishing in Scotland and you can also find yourself netting golden trout, blues, brook trout and brown trout. Some of the fisheries are stocked with large trout up to 20lbs.
Loch of Skene to the east of Aberdeen is a shallow weedy loch that has rich supplies of perch and pike. The pike grow quite large and double figure fish are not uncommon. Best fishing is in late spring when the pike inhabit the shallows.
Scotland’s east coast is famous for its commercial fishing fleets that once operated out of every coastal village in Aberdeenshire. The fleets have gone but the fishing is still there and very popular. Charter sea angling boats are centered around Stonehaven and concentrate on catching cod around the headlands and precipitous cliffs but the ground is varied and good catches of haddock and whiting can also be made in season. Beaches provide good fishing for flatfish and the estuary of the River Don is a popular venue.
If you’re hooked on fishing or would like to try wading in rivers and leaning over bridges and boats, Scotland is a place to go. When planning longer holiday, or just a weekend away, don’t forget about booking your accommodation at one of our Aberdeen hotels. All Thistle Aberdeen Airport, The Caledonian Aberdeen and Thistle Aberdeen Altens are located in the centre of Aberdeenshire, with easy access to its lochs, rivers and sea shore.