Choosing pike as your target species means you’re headed to a beautiful location. All our pike venues – near Edinburgh, and in Argyll and  Perthshire – are set in spectacular landscapes. Don’t let the views distract you too much though, there are also exceptional fish to be caught!

Scottish pike get as big as 40lbs and more. They can be fished for throughout the year and will come to surface lures and flies, making pike fishing a truly exhilarating experience. Summer pike fishing often means good numbers of fish, while late autumn, winter and early spring is when the biggest pike are caught.


Our Locations


The Perthshire pike venues are lochs – some can be hiked to, some need a 4×4, and others are more easily accessed. Each is a beautiful place to fish in its own right. Because of the varying altitudes of the lochs we can choose one which is likely to fish well at any time from May through to October. Higher lochs fish well later, while lower ones fish best earlier in the season.


There are a number of fantastic venues for pike fishing in Argyll. Huge pike inhabit these extensive waters and our favourite ways to catch them are by fly fishing or using lures. We fish both from the bank and using boats. June/July/August and October/November are the best months, though they can be caught at any time of year. In 2017 a 40lb pike was caught in Argyll and it’s unlikely to be the biggest one around.


June is by far the best month for pike fishing near Edinburgh. We certainly get great days at other times of the year too, but it can be hit and miss. Edinburgh is lucky to have one of Scotland’s best pike-on-the-fly locations, and our guides have a lot of experience fishing there. Fishinguide guests have enjoyed many great days targeting Edinburgh’s pike. 

How Your Trip Works

1. Start of the day
Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation (usually at 9am) and drive you to the fishing venue where they will set you up with the most suitable fishing equipment for the day’s conditions.

2. Coaching and assistance
Your guide will coach you on local conditions, show you where and how to cast, and generally how to fish the way that we have found is the most effective. If you’re an experienced angler your guide will simply offer tips and guidance.

3. Friendly company
Your guide will provide friendly company throughout the day, offer advice on playing big powerful fish, net and unhook your catch and help you out with any fishing troubles (like snags and tangles).

4. Lunch
You’ll stop for a lunch break, usually around 1pm (unless otherwise arranged, lunch is not included, so be sure to bring something to eat).

5. End of the day
Your guide will take you back to your accommodation around 5pm. The photos that they have taken of you throughout your day will be sent on afterwards.

Prices for guided pike fishing