Fresh Water

Fresh water fishing in Shetland is mostly for brown trout although Arctic Char is present in the loch of Girlsta. Some Sea Trout is also found in the burn mouths after August.


Sea Trout - 25th Febuary to 31st October
Brown Trout - 15th March to 6th October


Most fishings are owned or leased by the Shetland Anglers Association. Permits can be obtained in Lerwick from the tourist association at the market cross or the tackle shop in Harbour Street.


Shetland Anglers Association can be contacted on 01595 695903 or on the web at

Salt Water

Shetland waters are superb for sea angling, mackerel, ling, haddock, cod, halibut and porbeagle shark are all available in Shetland waters. The Shetland Tourist Association can put you in touch with boat owners able to charter you a vessel for your trip but fishing from the shore can be just as rewarding.