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Aberfoyle Angling Protection Association and Fishing on Loch Ard by John Lewis.

This article was published in the Strathard News in May 2024 and our thanks to John and the Strathard News team for permission to reproduce it here. It is included as it offers an historical perspective on an important and long established local club.

The fishing on Loch Ard is controlled and administered since 1894 by the Aberfoyle Angling Protection Association (known as the A.A.P.A.). It  was founded with the following objectives:

  • The encouragement of the sport of angling for brown trout, sea trout and salmon on Loch Ard and its tributary  waters in the Aberfoyle area.
  • The management of the fisheries in Loch Ard and waters in the best interest of the sport.
  • The leasing of angling rights from riparian owners on the said lochs and waters.
  • The cooperation with all other bodies whose objectives include the promotion of the sport of angling in Scotland.

The 600 Acres of Loch Ard waters have varying depths down to 100 meters in beautiful surroundings.  The loch waters  have been fished for centuries and offer good fishing conditions for fly fishing of  brown trout and varied coarse fishing for pike and perch.

The trout fly-fishing season runs from 15thMarch to 6thOctober annually and is only to be from boats.  The Loch has  been .until recently, been  stocked with good size 12 to 14 month old brown trout. Recently introduced regulations have impeded this practice of bringing in fertile brown trout and the A.A.P.A. are assessing the options available including the natural spawning in the burns feeding the loch.

Coarse  fishing  including pike  is welcomed and is controlled by the A.A.P.A.  on behalf of the riparian owners including the Forestry Commission,

Day and season permits are issued at several local sites as mentioned below with concession rates  for senior citizen and under 16 year old juniors (juniors must be under adult supervision at all times).  Permits must be carried at all times and are controlled by the  A.A.P.A. Watcher.  Fishing from the banks is allowed as long as the  National Parks regulations on outdoor activities are respected and in particular with regards overnight camping, littering and building of fires.

All anglers are welcome to join in the activities and are requested to respect private properties on the lochside and to seek landowners permission if fishing in the vicinity of private dwellings.

Fishing permits are available in Aberfoyle from the Post Office  and in Callander from James Bayne Fishing Tackle Shop who will sell permits on-line.

For further information contact the A.A.P.A. Secretary,  Blairhullichan, Kinlochard, FK8 3TN  ;  Tel 01877 387341  or e-mail   jablewis33@aol.com