- Sep 28, 2017
Exactly, those Otters that are seen feeding on the coast of these islands do infact habitat the lochs, they will move between them to feed on the rich food that the sea produces, and back to the fresh water lochs for to clean and drink and there holts, hence the sign in your photo there Col, otters on the move.
They also tend, on Uist at least, to prefer brackish lochs and a diet of flounders. Of course they do take trout but not that often. Time and again I've seen otters fishing in tidal lochs full of finnock & sea trout but they always go for the flounders.
About the only time otters on Uist really target salmonids is during spawning when they do follow them up onto the redds. I pointed this out to a Uist gamekeeper once and he asked how many spawning salmon and sea trout I'd seen killed on the redds that year. I told him about 6 salmon and a dozen big sea trout. His response to this was one of horror and what can we do about it? My answer was get the rods to return an extra 6 salmon and a dozen big sea trout each season. He just looked at me like I was from another planet, the only answer that he could see was to kill otters - ingrained stupid gamekeeper (not) thinking syndrome!