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Fishing regulations


Statutory Regulations

Fishing seasons

Rod and Line 25th February - 30th November

Net 25th February – 9th September

. No fishing for salmon or sea trout on Sundays by rod and line

. No fishing for salmon or sea trout from 6pm Friday to 6am Monday by net

. No salmon to be killed within the Nith catchment It is illegal to:

. Deliberately attempt to foul hook fish or to take fish which have been foul hooked i.e. those not hooked in the mouth.

. Kill kelts, smolts or parr.

. Take unclean or unseasonable fish being baggots,

highly coloured, black or red fish and fish about to or in the process of spawning.

. Sell salmon or sea trout which have been caught with rod & line.

. Use natural shrimps or prawns on any part of the river upstream of the Kingholm Gates at the bottom end (tidal area) of the Dumfries Town Fishings.

. Fish for any fish without written permission (or permit) from the beat’s owner or his representative.

. Fish with any form of salmon roe.

. Fish with a “fixed line.”

. Use gaffs, tailers or knotted mesh nets.

All fish caught must be recorded with the beat proprietor with the exception of:

a) Kelts, i.e. fish that have spawned.

b) During spring only, sexually mature fish that have not yet spawned.

Breach of any of the above could lead to criminal prosecution, seizure of fishing equipment and vehicles.

For further and more detailed information please follow this link


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.

FishPal booking conditions

This site uses the FishPal booking engine, 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.

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