Fishing is permitted in phase one of the transition out of lockdown, however Scottish Government guidance is that you should stay within your local area (roughly five miles) for outdoor activities. You should not travel long distances to go fishing or for other activities. Please also think carefully what facilities you would need to use, such as car parks and toilets, as these all remain closed. You should also consider the additional pressure your visit may put on local and emergency services at this time.
Boasting 22 lochs and 39 miles of coastline around three sea lochs, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park offers excellent opportunities for all types of fishing.
Always make sure that you have a permit or other required permissions before beginning to fish. Fishing permits are available from a wide range of outlets such as newsagents and fishing tackle shops. You can find information on permits and suppliers here.
This guide has been produced to help you fish responsibly, providing important information on angling law, safety, conservation and camping as well as general fishing etiquette. More comprehensive details of these can found at: www.legislation.gov.uk
The rules for angling vary depending on location. These rules will be outlined in your fishing permit and should be followed at all times. They are in place to protect the rich habitats of our rivers and the fish that live in them.
Salmon and sea trout
Anglers should get the permission of the riparian owner before fishing for brown trout. In areas covered by Protection Orders, it is an offence to fish without legal right or written permission.
You should get permission from the riparian owner before fishing. Coarse anglers may use up to four rods per person which can be placed on rod rests. Never use live vertebrates as bait. This, as well as fishing for European eel and powan is illegal.
It is important that you avoid spreading diseases, parasites and introducing non native species between water bodies by:
If you like to fish and camp, you may be affected by new camping byelaws which came into effect on 1st March 2017 to protect some of the most cherished lochshores within the National Park. They are in place between March and September, camping outside of this time is not affected. Find out more here.