Stanners Island & Willowgate

Left bank of River Tay in Perth city. Consists mainly of Stanners Island and the upper part of Moncrieffe Island.

  • North end of Moncrieffe Island from Queen's Bridge at low water
  • The beat (left bank) seen from the air
  • Looking upstream from the railway bridge, north end of Moncrieffe Island on right

Availability in 2017

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15 Jan 15 Oct Two permits from PD Mallochs, none online Two permits from PD Mallochs, none online Two permits from PD Mallochs, none online Two permits from PD Mallochs, none online Two permits from PD Mallochs, none online Two permits from PD Mallochs, none online

Advice

Beware of the tide, the water rises quickly – you should always check the tide tables before fishing.

This beat is best fished in low water after a long dry summer, from August onwards. Fish tend to sit in holes around Stanners Island, but wading is very difficult as the bottom is full of road fill etc. 

You can fish Moncrieffe Island from the railway bridge down (in bygone days this was a good place for sea trout at night), but great care should be taken because behind the bank there is a great backwater, preventing the angler getting access from the river to shore. You must retrace your steps, back to the railway bridge; again check the tide times first!

Access

Access to Moncrieffe Island is either from Tay Street, on the west bank, going by foot across the railway bridge and descending the metal steps (same access as for King James golf course). You can also park on the east side of the river, at the end of walkway beside the railway bridge, where the old care home was demolished.

For Stanners Island, drive across Queens Bridge and turn left, after approx 300 meters turn left again into Commercial Street, beside the pink stone houses, and park on the side of street (metered). From the parking, go down to the river bank and cross the shallow (often dry) backwater to Stanners Island.