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Wild salmon fishing

Wild salmon fishing
Wild salmon fishing

Salmon and Sea Trout fishing is a popular leisure pastime on Scotland's rivers.

We manage some of the rights to fish for salmon and sea trout on around 60 rivers across the country. 

In the Forth district, the rights are managed by Forth District Salmon Fishery Board.

Our role 

We work to promote affordable public access to fishing, managing around 140 river salmon fishing tenancies, on around 60 rivers across Scotland.  

Most of our tenancies are let to angling clubs, providing access to reasonably priced salmon fishing rights to local communities. 

How we help 

In recognition of the pressures faced by the angling clubs, we have introduced measures to help and support clubs, including: 

  • For the 2016 season, we gave a 50% rebate for tenants on category 3 rivers  

  • In 2017 and 2018 we gave a 25% discount on category 3 rivers 

  • For the 2019 season until the end of the 2021 season, all beats on category 3 rivers saw their rents rebated by 50% and all tenants on category 2 rivers saw their rents rebated by 25%

  • For the 2022 season until the end of the 2024 season, all beats on category 3 rivers will see their rents rebated by 35% and all tenants on category 2 rivers will see their rents rebated by 15%

We hope that these measures will continue to help and support angling clubs; we are pleased to have already received feedback from a number of angling association tenants that this action is appreciated. 


In our leases, we require fishing rights to be operated in line with national conservation legislation - and to adopt other voluntary conservation measures instituted by the relevant local District Salmon Fishery Boards. 

We also:

  • Conserve fisheries by supporting local conservation policies and best practice through lease arrangements, and by limiting the number of rods. 
  • Support Scottish Government conservation aims of wild fishery reform by not operating or letting coastal netting rights.

Additional Information

In category 3 rivers, as assessed by Marine Scotland, all salmon that are caught must be released again into the water.

The rights to fish for salmon and sea trout are part of ancient rights held by The Crown in Scotland. In many areas these rights have been subsequently granted away by the Crown over time. Those that remain are managed by us.  

Salmon fishing rights in Scotland are not always bound to the land where the fishings are located. So even where the shore or riverbank is privately owned, the salmon and sea trout fishing rights may lie with the Crown and be managed by us.  

Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (Forth DSFB) have signed an agreement with us to manage Wild Salmon Fishing leases in their district locally.

This means that anyone, including existing tenants, who wants to secure agreements for leases or other consents in that district should approach Forth DSFB in the first instance, via