Fishing seasons for Salmon and Sea Trout
(migratory fish) and for Brown Trout are regulated
by law. This is done to protect the fish while
they are breeding and to give them some respite
from angling pressure at times when they are
likely to be out of condition. The exact closed
time may vary from river to river as spawning
time is dependant on local conditions.
There are no closed seasons for coarse fish and
rainbow trout in Scotland, but advisory closed
seasons are given by the Freshwater Fisheries
Laboratory. Many waters remain open during the
winter for pike and grayling fishing. Rainbow
trout, being non-indiginous are deemed under law
to be private property. Permission should therefore
be sought from the land owner.