Fishing in Bonar Bridge
Sutherland is famed for its wide expanses of wilderness, stunning scenery and myriad of lochs and rivers welcoming the game angler, this south-east corner is the least remote part, much of it within an hour or so drive of Inverness, but nevertheless, there is some excellent salmon and trout fishing to be had.
The best and most easily accessed of the trout lochs in this area lie in a broad belt running north-south from Beannach, about 4 miles north of Lairg, past Loch Craggie, down to Loch Migdale at Bonar Bridge, so it means a short diversion inland from the North Coast 500 route, but well worth a visit.
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There are also additional lochs in the foothills along the coast from Dornoch to Brora, closer to the NC500, many of these lochs benefit from a mayfly hatch, typically for a month or so from early June.
- Loch Buidhe
Loch Buidhe, lies 530 feet above sea-level and sudden squalls can develop from nowhere, boats are available, but great care is needed when fishing from a boat, a drogue is recommended, although the road runs along the entire length of the South side of the Loch, the traffic is extremely light, a delightful easily accessible loch with good brown trout averaging 8oz and an occasional salmon and sea trout late in the season.
- Kyle of Sutherland
The Kyle of Sutherland is a large tidal area extending Over 20 miles in length this estuary offers excellent salmon and sea trout fishing from the confluence of the rivers Oykel and the Cassley east wards to the Dornoch Firth. Both salmon and sea trout are caught, with the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Club taking in the region of 400 salmon and 200 sea trout per season.
- River Oykel
The River Oykel is a major river in northern Scotland that is famous as one of Scotland's best salmon rivers producing between 1,500 and 2,000 fish, the lower river is divided into 4 beats, the river then rises on Ben More Assynt, a few miles from Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland, and drains into the North Sea via the Kyle of Sutherland. Traditionally the river has marked the boundary between Ross to the south and Sutherland to the north.
- Loch Migdale
Loch Migdale lies a mile about 2 miles from east of Bonar Bridge, an attractive loch sheltered by woodland, the loch contains a Crannog dating from the Iron Age, here you can catch brown trout averaging 10oz, some over 2lbs.