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Bangour Trout Fishery

Traditional fly fishing
  • Fly-fishing only - wet or dry

  • 12.5 acre loch with around 7 acres maintained for fly-fishing

  • Stocked with healthy full tailed hard fighting Rainbow and Blue

  • Typical size 2lb4oz plus occasional big fish to 14lb

  • Depth varies from nearly 30ft in the basin and along the dam wall to shallower waters of two or three feet near some platforms.

  • We do not allow bait fishing.

  • 33 fishing platforms for 28 anglers at any one time

  • Two piers are wheelchair accessible and extra width

  • All piers have a wooden seat box, litter bin and astro turf non-slip surface

  • Pan bottom Grey's fishing nets

  • Fishing lodge with hot drinks, snacks and microwave

  • Tackle shop, lounge and toilets

  • Hard surface car-parking

  • CCTV security system

  • Car-park opens 10 mins before fishing starts to give you time to set up your rods and flies

  • Catch & release and catch & keep tickets available

  • Buffets available for group bookings and competitions

  • See other sections below for online booking facility and directions etc.



Bangour Trout Fishery is situated in the south-east part of Bathgate Hills, just 17 miles west of Edinburgh in West Lothian near the small village of Dechmont, surrounded by picturesque woodland.

Originally built in 1902 as a water supply for Bangour village hospital (Edinburgh War Hospital), it was stocked with brown trout to keep the water pure and the senior staff were allowed to fish here.

​The loch is 720 feet above sea level and holds 16 million gallons of fresh water which spills off into the Brox burn river when rain enters the loch from an 870 acre catchment area running from the 5,500 year old neolithic ritual site at Cairnpapple hill just a few miles to the west.


Year Established


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  1.  Catch & Release: Fish must stay in the water.  Do not touch fish with your hands.

  2. Barbless or de­barbed hooks only for all fishing permits

  3. Fly fishing only (wet or dry). Max 1 rod in use at a time.  Fishing only from where there is a seat box.

  4. Min 6 lb breaking strain line. Max hook size 8. Max 1 hook per fly. Min 2 feet between flies.

  5. No flickers, boobies, spinners, snakes, plastic hooked indicators, epoxy minnows, static lures or anything else that a fish could take deep and would injure or kill the fish if snapped off.

  6. To prevent loch contamination, use fishery provided nets only. No fish keep bags in the water.

  7. If a fish is damaged do not return it. Contact fishery staff. No charge will be made.

  8. '5 fish and move' - Free up your platform for someone else after 5 fish netted and enjoy another platform.

  9. Catch and release limit is 25 fish to the net.

  • Care for yourself.  Take responsibility for your own actions. The outdoors cannot be made risk-­free.

  • Care for others.  Always show courtesy and consideration for other people. (e.g. No alcohol. No dogs.)

  • Care for the environment, property, fish and other wildlife (e.g. ducks, swans).  Use waste bins for rubbish and broken line.



Covid-19 precautions​
  • All sessions must be pre-paid online - no-one handles cash - then when you arrive it's a simple check-in with staff.

  • The lounge and shop will be closed for social distancing reasons but the W.C. will remain open - Please gel going in and coming out.

  • We expect anyone suspecting they may have been exposed to or may have Covid-19 to stay isolated and not come to the fishery.

  • No guests, i.e. Paying anglers only allowed.  Please keep to social distancing guidelines of minimum 2m and outside at all times.

  • Bring disinfectant wipes and/or alcohol gel to clean your hands and the surfaces you touch.  e.g. fishery net handles.

  • It's your choice whether to use a face covering/mask and take any other precautions you see fit.

Opening times​








Closed all day

Open 8:30am

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Close 5pm

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  • The gate opens 10 minutes before the opening time. 

  • Confirm your booking with staff before you start fishing. 

  • First cast of the day is at opening time and last retrieve finishes at closing time.

2021 Season
  • Open Sat March 13th until Sun July 1st

  • Closed Sat July 3rd until Fri Sep 17th (mid-summer hot water closure)

  • Open Tues Sep 21st until Sun October 31st

  • Closed for winter Mon November 1st until March 2022 spring re-opening



Catch & Keep (C&K)

 til close  Keep first  5 Fish    £30 

     6 hrs  Keep first  4 Fish    £26 

     4 hrs  Keep first  3 Fish    £23 

Catch & Release (C&R)

 til close  C&R  £20 

     6 hrs  C&R  £18 

     4 hrs  C&R  £16 


£3 discount on all tickets for seniors (65+) on weekdays.  (Enter the coupon code 'OVER65' when in online booking - remember to apply the code by pressing the arrow next to the coupon code field)

Tickets are also available for adult and child, instructors and students, or for couples sharing a rod and a platform.  Please call for details.


Note:  All permits say 10pm - that's NOT your start time.. Please come and fish at any time that suits you from opening time onwards.