Scottish Fishing Law in Scotland
The following should be used as guidance
only and the responsibility is yours to fish
The Law and Fishing in Scotland
Scottish fishing law means that there is no national rod licence in Scotland.
Anglers must have written permission to fish- usually given by the land-owner or a club. Under the Freshwater and Salmon Fisheries Protection (Scotland) Act 1976 it is an offence to fish without legal right or permission in any area covered by a Protection Order - which effectively means almost all worthwhile waters.
Water Bailiffs are appointed by the river basin Fisheries Boards and Wardens are appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland. They have very similar powers to those of a Police Officer. They may demand to see written permission and be given proof of identity and can require production of written permission within 14 days (1976 Act). They can confiscate tackle (1976 Act) and have the right of search. As a last resort a Bailiff even has powers of arrest .
Bailiffs are employed to protect the fishing. That means the waters that you fish. They therefor protect your interests!!!
Don't even bother trying these excuses... they only wind them up! Trout fishing on the Tay is ridiculously cheap compared with down south. Poaching is therefore just not worth the risk
Rules for Stirling Council Fisheries
Salmon and Sea Trout 1st Feb to 31st Oct
Brown Trout 15th Mar to 6th OctNO SUNDAY FISHING.
These LOCAL RULES apply to all Council fishery areas
ALL ANGLERS MUST:
Please be aware that river banksare hazardous. Stay clear of undercut banks.
If necessary bailiffs will withdraw permits when rules are not observed.
T.J.Dixon. 1st February 2002. Countryside Manager. Room 124, Viewforth, Stirling. FK8 2ET.
Fishing for salmon is in Scotland not allowed on a Sunday. Other species are not protected by this peculiar rule.
Salmon parr should be carefully returned to the water using wet hands. Under no circumstances should you ever interfere with salmon spawn or spawning grounds.
Rods must always be attended, otherwise they could be regarded as 'fixed lines' which are illegal!
Deliberate foul hooking of fish (sniggering) is illegal even if the usual large trebles are not used. 'Sniggering' is not the use of a particular type of hook, but the way the hook is used. (Vicious jerking of the rod or line when over fish.
On most waters, there are local rules laid down as to what baits may be used and what numbers and size of fish may be kept.
Having said all that - enjoy your fishing!
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