Bowden Springs Fishery


Carribber Reservoir, Linlithgow, West Lothian EH49 6QE, United Kingdom

Fishery Information

West Lothian’s Bowden Springs is a popular trout fishing spot. It contains two reservoirs, an upper, and a lower one,  strategically divided by an earth dam. Both basins are spring fed, and their deepest points measure approximately 9 feet. This is one of the few local fisheries that allows anglers to fish for trout using bait and flies.

The upper reservoir is  Bowden Loch covering around 2 acres. Fly fishing is the only method permitted here, and anglers have the option of using imitative or lure patterns. The loch has a healthy population of rainbow and blue trout.

The Carriber Loch, the lower reservoir, is approx. 5 acres with a paved path covering a portion of it. You have your choice of several casting platforms placed in strategic locations along the loch’s perimeter. Fly anglers also have a limited selection of boats to choose from. The loch is frequently supplied with rainbow, brown, and blue trout, among other varieties.

What size do the fish go to?

The fishery has hard-fishing fish that can go up to around 10lbs

What tactics work well?

Fly and bait fishing-Favourite patterns are buzzers, shrimps, mini-lures, cruncher, PTN and damsel.

What facilities are on site?

On-site facilities include  toilets, bothy with fridge, microwave, and small cooker. It has disabled access area, a shop with tackle essentials  like flies, fly lines, nylon, weights and floats plus accessories, free tea and coffee, and CCTV in all areas. Coaching is available on request, and the Fishery offers rents out its three cottages as part of a fishing package.

Is parking available?

Limited parking is available at the reservoir for anglers only.

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