Loch Ochiltree in Dumfries & Galloway is a large loch that sits nestled in beautiful scenery just north of Newton Stewart. The loch itself has 5 boats for use and is stocked with strong rainbow trout while also containing brown trout and some pike. It is owned by the local association, the Newton Stewart Angling Association, and permits can be acquired from the Galloway Angling Centre or the Creebridge House Hotel, both in Newton Stewart.
What is even more important is that I have been fishing this loch for a few years now, having been a season-permit holder for the last two, and I really wanted to write a little piece on how much I enjoy fishing this beautiful loch.
I’m sure some of you can completely understand. I think many of us have a loch, or a river, that is beautiful and close to home and that you just enjoy fishing. It might not be the most spectacular, or the biggest or the most exotic but it the one you fish most often. You become familiar with how conditions affect the fishing, you have some favourite ‘hot spots’ and you just enjoy the ease and familiarity of fishing there.
Ochiltree has been that for me for a few years now. So allow me to show you in pictures why you should definitely spend a day at this beautiful loch.
Fishing At Loch Ochiltree
Owner of Loch: Newton Stewart Angling Association
Permits: £20 (From Galloway Angling Centre or Creebridge House Hotel)
Fish: The loch is well stocked with hard-fighting rainbow trout. They seem to average around 2.5lb, with some real monsters hiding around, all of which are very hard fighting. There are also brown trout and some pike in the loch.