Trout season officially opens in the Forth

Today (15th March) marks the opening of the trout fishing season. It also marks the opening of salmon and sea trout fishing on the rest of the rivers in the Forth District which did not open on the 1st February. Check out the below clubs to find out how to get your permit for the 2017 season.

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River Tyne

East Lothian Angling Association –

Midlothian Esk 

Mussellburgh District Angling Association –

Water of Leith

Water of Leith Conservation Trust –

River Almond

West Lothian Angling Association –

Cramond Angling Club –

River Avon

Slamannan Angling Protective Association –

Avonvalley Angling Club –

Linlithgow Angling Club –

River Carron

Larbert & Stenhousemuir Angling Club –

Allan Water

Allan Water Angling Improvement Association –

River Devon

Devon Angling Association –

River Leven

River Leven Angling Club –

Largest salmon caught competition 2017

The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board are running a competition to see who catches the biggest salmon within the District. This competition is open to all rivers within the Forth District and the lucky person who catches the biggest salmon will receive a mystery prize. The winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting in November.

See poster for more details.


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Forth District Salmon Fishery Board

Bird Count – Volunteers needed

The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board are looking for volunteers to help carry out a river wide piscivorous bird count in the Teith Catchment. This is a project to determine piscivorous bird numbers in the catchment and their impact on migratory fish such as salmon and sea trout.

The survey is planned for the 2nd April at 6.30am.

If you are able to help or would like more information, please contact Jonathan by email – or call 07864999135. Please see attached poster for more details.

Countdown to opening day – 2016’s biggest fish

Countdown to opening for salmon and sea trout fishing in the Forth District..

The heaviest fish caught in the Forth District in 2016 was estimated at 32lbs according to the returns received. It was caught on Blair Drummond Fishery on the Teith.

In total three fish 30lbs or over were reported all from various beats on the Teith.

FDSFB will present a prize at the end of 2017 season for the largest released salmon reported in. Catches can be reported by sending details (preferably with a picture if possible) to the FDSFB using the following methods:

Twitter: @ForthDSFB
Facebook messenger:

The report should include:
Date and time, river (and beat if appropriate), estimated weight, estimated length and your name.

The winner of the prize will be announced at the FDSFB Annual Meeting in November.

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Countdown to opening day – Conservation codes

Countdown to opening for salmon and sea trout fishing in the Forth District.

FDSFB works with the River Forth Fisheries Trust to prepare Conservation Codes each year. These are produced on a river-by-river basis and can be found on the FDSFB website –

These codes also form part of Marine Scotland’s setting of the River Categorisations of the Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Amendment Regulations. The Codes are developed to provide protection to fragile salmon and sea trout stocks and to advise on the number of fish which could sustainably be retained. The FDSFB promotes catch and release particularly of spring stock and all salmon should be released prior to 1st June. In addition there is a further aim of achieving above 85% catch and release on all rivers.

We work with fisheries across the District to assist in how these codes are implemented as part of the rules of the fisheries, clubs and associations and we would encourage all anglers to abide by the codes.

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Countdown to opening day – 2016 catch returns update

Countdown to opening for salmon and sea trout fishing in the Forth District.

Catches for 2016 were up on previous years. Reported catches to FDSFB show that catches of salmon increased in 2016 compared to 2015 and 2014. Whilst these are not as high as they have been historically, four rivers showed significant improvement on the number of salmon caught – Teith, Allan Water, Devon and Leven.

Across the District the number of fish caught increased by 12%.

This increase is despite some very difficult fishing conditions in 2016 – with low water and a delayed back end run.

Here’s hoping fishing conditions will be better for 2017 and the improvement of catches is sustained.

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Countdown to opening day – Which fisheries open on the 1st February

Countdown to opening for salmon and sea trout fishing in the Forth District.

The following fisheries will be open on the 1st February at the start of the season:

  • The majority of the fisheries on the Teith and Forth system including Blair Drummond, Lanrick, Moray, Doune, Cambusmaore, Keir, Eas Gobhain, Leny and Stirling Council.
  • Cramond Angling Club will be open on the Almond
  • River Leven Angling Club also start their season on the Leven.

The clubs and associations on the remainder of the rivers within the District will not open until 15th March although private beats and syndicates may be open earlier.

A number of fisheries have opening events:and further information can be found on their websites or social media:

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Calling all anglers to submit redd sightings

The Trust have been redd surveying over the past few weeks identifying a number of locations where salmon and sea trout are spawning within the District.

They can only cover a small area but they have developed a handy new reporting tool for members of the public to submit their redd sightings to the Trust.

If you have been near a river and spotted a redd please visit the below link to report it in to them. It even allows you to submit pictures of your redd if you are not 100% sure. For more information please visit the below link. 

For more information please visit the Trust’s website –