Fishing regulations

Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Each of the rivers within the Nithsdale area have separate sets of rules and/or recommendations outlined below. There are also conservation codes, individual beat and booking agency conditions to be considered. Fundamental legislation requires that all anglers have written permission to fish for salmon and sea trout anywhere in Scotland.

River Nith Conservation Policy and River Status - Season 2018

At its most recent meeting of the Nith District Salmon Fishery Board (NDSFB) the subject of the conservation status of the salmon stocks within the Nith catchment was discussed.  The Scottish Government have provisionally assigned the river with Category 1 status upstream from a line drawn across the river at Airds Point on the west shore of the estuary to the Scar Point on the east shore. 

Downstream of this line the status of Category 3 is maintained, the consequence of which is that in these net fisheries any salmon captured have to be returned alive.

These days, the Fishery Board, anglers and net fishermen alike are acutely aware of the importance of conservation of salmon and have in recent years been active in adopting and promoting the practice of live release of all captured salmon.

Under all circumstances and notwithstanding the Government categorisation of the river system, the Board continues to promote as part of its salmon conservation policy the release of all salmon caught by any method in the river system and urges fishery proprietors, anglers and netsmen to respect and adopt the Board's policy in attempting to achieve highest possible catch and release statistics for salmon in the Nith System.

Fishing the River Nith


Fishery conditions

Individual owners may also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, provision of ghillies (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.

FishPal Booking Conditions

This site uses the FishPal booking engine, so if you use our online booking system, or our call centre on 01573 470612, you need to agree to FishPal's booking conditions.

You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.