Stracathro conditions

FishPal conditions

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Fishery conditions

Fishery Letting conditions

Spinning is only permitted in high water (over three foot on the gauge), and catch and release is strongly encouraged. 

All fish before 31 May must be returned. We would encourage the return of all seatrout.

We ask all anglers to use barbless hooks, and not to use trebles.

River Letting conditions

The use of shrimps and prawns are banned throughout the district.

The season extends from the 16th February until 31st October.




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Esks conditions

The use of shrimps and prawns are banned throughout the district.

The season extends from the 16th February until 31st October.

As of January 2015 it is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse prior to 1st May. By law any salmon or grilse that is killed before this date must be returned to the River.

After this date Catch and release is voluntary but recommended for both salmon and sea trout to the 15th June.

Esk Board's Recommendations for the Conservation of Spring Salmon and Sea Trout in 2015 are as follows:

Fishing methods
*The Esk Board recommends the use of barbless hooks to promote the safe return of salmon and sea trout. To refrian from the use of treble hooks. In addition anglers are respectfully reminded that fish destined for release should not be taken out of the water for photography. The length can be estimated by using the rod as a measuring stick and the weight estimated from standard weight/length relationships

North Esk
*The Esk Board operates a policy of voluntary Catch-and-release which is important to protect all salmon stocks and sea trout

South Esk
*The Esk Board operates a policy of voluntary Catch-and-release which is important to protect all salmon stocks and sea trout

* Insists that all tackle which has been used abroad is disinfected to prevent the accidental introduction of Gyrodactylus salaris.