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The River Ugie

Sea Trout Fishing on the Ugie

The River Ugie is formed from the North Ugie and the South Ugie, which is impounded in its upper course to form Fedderate Reservoir. The two streams meat east of Longside and enter the sea at Peterhead. The River Ugie is a worthwhile sea trout river with a good number of salmon caught too. Very much a spate river with its flow affected by land drainage, the main runs of sea trout appear in June, with salmon arriving later in the season, usually September and October. Once a noted sea trout river, the Ugie now produces in the order of 100 salmon and 300 sea trout in a season, with salmon averaging eight pounds and sea trout two and a half pounds.  

The River Ugie at Inverugie


River Ugie Sea Trout Fishing

The river Ugie fishery is regulated by the Ugie Angling Association, from which both season permits and day permits are available. The main river, which was in the past one of the most prolific sea trout rivers in Scotland, can be fished from the village of Longside east to the golf course bridge, near to the mouth of the river, for the most part from either bank. Access to the river is available from a number of parking areas made available by local farmers. There is a river restocking programme in operation for both salmon and sea trout. A TWO FISH PER DAY LIMIT is therefore in operation.

The main fisheries are:

Sea trout

May to Sept

average catch 300 per annum


July to October

average catch 100 per annum

All visitors are reminded to respect farming areas and livestock. Please refrain from leaving any litter or used fishing tackle on river bank.

Ugie Angling Association Membership Fees (2012 rates)
Adult Season:  £240
OAP / disabled: £140
Juniors (12 - 15) : £50 (under 12s may fish without permit if accompanied by a licence holder)
Weekly and Day Permits
Weekly permit : £150
Day permit: £35
(Day / week permits will not be available after 30th September)
Permits are available from:

Lunar Fishing, East Quay, The Harbour, Peterhead. Tel:01779 473344

Waterside Inn, North Road, Peterhead. Tel:01779 471121


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