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The 7 Best Spots for Fishing in Midlothian

Fishing in Midlothian

The popularity of fishing in Midlothian has experienced soaring interest, particularly over the past year.

Both newcomers and those returning to their favourite way to escape have been heading to well-stocked reservoirs and rivers to take some time in a new area, enjoy the peace and try their hand at fishing. Midlothian has an abundance of fantastic fishing sites with plenty of places to hire a boat or fish from the bank, so it’s no wonder the activity is growing in popularity!

Where to cast your line in Midlothian

Within Midlothian there are numerous spots to settle down, cast your line and enjoy some peace in beautiful surroundings. From public funded to privately owned land and rivers to dedicated trout fisheries, there’s something for everyone.

Glencorse ReservoirGlencorse Reservoir

This quiet spot in the Pentland Hills offers spectacular views. Suitable for boat fly fishing only, with boats and equipment available for rental, it’s a great spot for fishers of all levels looking to catch trout. Operating via pre-booking only, the team at Glencorse can advise on conditions, permits and equipment to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Find out more about Glencorse Reservoir

Gladhouse Reservoir

Located near Penicuik this well-loved spot is ideal for experienced boat anglers. This is not open to the public but instead runs via season tickets which allow holders to experience challenging and exciting conditions.

Find out more about Gladhouse Reservoir

The River EskRiver Fishing in Midlothian

Find brown trout and grayling in the Rivers’ North and South Esk within Dalkeith Country Park. This fly fishing spot operates from 1st April – 30th September with woodland surroundings.

Find out more about fishing in the North and South Esk

Rosebery Reservoir

Wild brown trout, pike and regularly stocked rainbow trout are found at this picturesque reservoir as in the heart of Midlothian. Great for solo fishing and families alike, there’s something for everyone, no matter the experience level.

Find out more about Rosebery Reservoir

Rosslynlee Trout Fishery

Situated at the base of the Moorfoot Hills with views across Edinburgh, the Forth and Fife you can reel in Rainbow and Blue Trout from this countryside reservoir. The fishery has numerous platforms from which to fish and include disabled access for inclusive fishing.

Find out more about Rosslynlee Trout Fishery

Loganlea ReservoirLoganlea Reservoir

Another reservoir located in the spectacular Pentlands with unrivalled bank and boat fishing, Loganlea is the perfect, scenic fly fishing location. With permits of varying times and catch and release or take home fishing options, it’s great for those practicing or looking to spend the day out on the reservoir.

Find out more about Loganlea Reservoir

Edgelaw Reservoir

This secluded reservoir is in the heart of Midlothian and provides a great fishing spot. With pike, perch and roach all available for catch and release fly or boat fishing, it’s a peaceful place to spend the day.

Find out more about Edgelaw Reservoir

Where to find fishing permits, equipment or advice in Midlothian

Many of the above locations will hire out boats and equipment, just get in touch with them to book your spot and find out more. Permits are available at the above sites for you to enjoy fishing with varying time options and seasonal passes. They’re also happy to give advice and guidance for those trying it for the first time, dusting off their rods after a break or looking to improve their skill level.

Fishers DirectFishers Direct Penicuik

For further information and to discuss the items you may need, pop into Fishers Direct in Penicuik, Midlothian’s Specialist Tackle Store in Penicuik, can provide advice on everything from flies to rods, permits to waders anything that you will need to get fishing in Midlothian! Stocking a wide range of stock to suit all skill levels the expert team can recommend the best spot for you to try depending on your experience and equipment.

Health Benefits of Fishing in Midlothian

Along with other outdoor pursuits, fishing has an abundance of health benefits, both physical and mental. Whether you’re looking to add in a bit of exercise to your day or want to use the time to practise mindfulness, time on the bank or in the boat is known to offer a multitude of wellbeing benefits.

Most facilities require some level of walking to get to the banks so you can start to feel the benefits as soon as you get out of the car! You’ll get a good dose of Vitamin D from spending the day in the great outdoors and the slower pace of fishing allows you to slow down too.

Not only can you take the time to be present, away from digital devices, you’ll also have a real sense of achievement when you catch your first (or 50th!) fish.

With so many local spots to enjoy fishing, it’s time to get out and perhaps even discover somewhere new today!

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Our country is spectacular, so let’s help to keep it that way. If you’re out and about be sure to leave nothing but footprints. If you have rubbish, dispose of it in bins provided or take it home with you. This way we can protect the beauty of Scotland for future generations. For more information check out Keep Scotland Beautiful’s website.

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