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  3. Fishing regulations

Fishing regulations

 
 

General salmon (including sea trout) fishing legislation

It is illegal to:

• fish without legal right or written permission from the beat owner or representative

• to fish with prawns, shrimps or salmon roe throughout the catchment

• kill unclean or unseasonable fish (baggots, gravid fish, kelts)

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• to use gaffs or tailers

• to sell or buy wild salmon roe

• to fish on a Sunday

• to attempt to deliberately foul-hook fish

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• sell rod caught salmon or sea trout

Recommendations to ensure best possible fish welfare:

  • Further advice is available on the Forth DSFB website - http://forthdsfb.org/protecting-the-fish/catch-release/

  • Please use a knotless landing net to ensure best possible fish handling – link to video – and ‘keep ‘em wet.’

  • In times of dry weather, low water and rising river temperatures salmon and trout are under increasing stress. The ForthDSFB recommends that fishing ceases when river water

    temperatures exceeds 18°C and anglers should consider lighter tackle and ceasing spinning when the river is in the low category on any SEPA gauge within the Forth.

    https://www.fishforth.org/fishing-during-hot-weather/

  • The Board recommends any lure with a multi hook lure set up be taken down to single hook set up. i.e single, double or treble. The Board recommends anglers de-barb all hooks.

Restrictions on fishing:


Fishing above and below manmade structures can cause additional pressure on fish which are held up waiting to move upstream. The Forth DSFB recommends that an adequate exclusion zone is agreed with the DSFB at ALL manmade barriers whether they have a fish pass or not to prevent pressure on migrating fish.

In agreement with local owners/managers some areas are placed into conservation and fishing for migratory species is prohibited. Fishing within these areas is without permission and therefore considered an offence under section 6 of the Salmon Act 2003.

All farmed salmon and pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) must be retained and notified to the ForthDSFB. 


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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