When to Fish
Length of season
The salmon season on the Tay and tributaries commences on 15 January, the first of the large Scottish rivers to open, and closes on 15 October. Fresh salmon enter the Tay every day of the year and so may be caught all season through. On the River Earn which is more dependent on autumn salmon, the season commences on 1 February and goes on to 31 October. Fishing is available from Monday to Saturday, there being no Sunday fishing in
Salmon enter the River Tay even before the season opens and a fresh 'springer' may be caught anywhere in the main stem of the Tay right from opening day or even by boat fishing on Loch Tay. Most anglers spin at this time and early season fishing has an adventurous feel about it! However, the early springers are the most beautiful and prized of fish making all the effort worthwhile. As recent as the year 2000, a salmon of 27.5lbs was
caught on Loch Tay on opening day. Salmon numbers increase as the spring progresses and by April fly fishing accounts for many fish and tributaries like the Isla/Ericht and Tummel also share the good catches.
High summer on Cargill - the Tay fishes in all seasons
The number of fish entering the Tay increases markedly in the summer. In
addition to runs of summer salmon, grilse runs build up in June and usually
reach peak numbers in July.