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  3. Fishing regulations

Fishing regulations

The Esk District Conservation Policy 2020 please check for updates at their Website

  • The fishing season will run from 17th February to 31st October for the River North Esk, River South Esk, and River Lunan.
  • The season for the River Bervie runs from 25th February to 31st October.
  • It is a criminal offence to retain a salmon or grilse prior to 1st May under The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Time and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014. By law any salmon or grilse that is severely injured or damaged, dies or is killed before this date must be returned to the river.

Rivers North Esk and South Esk

  • In view of the current fluctuating runs of salmon and sea trout, the Board strongly recommends the return of all fish throughout the season, especially in the Spring until 15th June.

River Bervie and River Lunan

  • Under the Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016, all salmon caught in the River Bervie and River Lunan must be released. The Board strongly recommends the return of all sea trout throughout the season.
  • All Rivers
  • The Board recommends that the use of single or double barbless hooks be used to secure the safe release of fish. No treble hooks should be used.
  • All fish handling should be kept to a minimum to prevent damage to the fish. Knotless landing nets with a small mesh size and a shallow, wide bottom should be used where possible. Inappropriate handling of fish can lead to greater risk of infection from bacteria and the fungus Saprolegnia.
  • To help prevent the spread of disease and parasites, such as Gyrodactylus salaris, all anglers should disinfect waders and landing nets prior to fishing.

Beat conditions

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

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