Government issued Fishing Licences are not required in Scotland
You can Beach / rock fish along the Fife Coast for flounders or mackrell, most times it is Free! (however you do have to ask the Landowners permission if you are going onto private land or sea frontage). Inland loch fishing is also available with permit - usually purchased at or near the loch. Please be warned that there are heavy penalties if you fish without a valid permit or permission (confiscation of All Tackel + a heavy fine, in some cases the vehicle is also confiscated).
Introduction to fishing in SCOTLAND
Most of the fishing in Scotland is by Fly rod and there are many loch's and rivers that you can have a good days sport, If you are a visitor to the area we would like to wish you ‘tight lines’ during your stay and hope that you enjoy some excellent fishing in some of the most picturesque countryside in the Highlands of Scotland. We have made every effort to ensure that this guide to fishing will provide clear and informative details on what is available as well as information on where to go for permits, boat hire and tackle hire. All details are as accurate as we can make them at the time of writing but we cannot accept any liability for loss or inconvenience caused by any changes made to the information without our knowledge.
Seasons of Fishing
The season for brown trout fishing is from 15th March to 6th October. Salmon and sea trout fishing seasons vary and depend on the location and permit restrictions so please check with the issuer. There is no closed season for Pike fishing or rainbow trout in stocked lochs or fisheries. There is also no closed season for fishing sea lochs (lochs which open directly to the sea and are tidal), for species of sea fish only but do not including migratory fish such as salmon and sea trout.
Fishing and the Laws in Scotland (This Information is extracted from the Lochaber District Salmon Fishery Board advisory leaflet)
You are breaking the law at present if you:
a. Fish with more that one rod at a time.
b. Leave any rod unattended with baited hook in the water (this is known as a “set line” and is illegal in Scotland.
c. Obstruct or misinform a water bailiff.
d. Sell rod-caught salmon or sea trout.
e. Disturb or injure spawning redds or fry or spawn (salmon).
f. Fish for salmon or sea trout without legal right or written permission – even in the sea up to 1.5km from the shore.
g. Fish for or take salmon or sea trout on a Sunday – even in the sea.
Use illegal monofilament or gill nets to take salmon or sea trout.
If you break these laws you may have your equipment, boats and / or vehicles confiscated and you risk prosecution. Throughout the area of Fife there are many Game (Fly) & Coarse (Bate) Fisheries e.g. Loch Fitty near Dunfermline, Raith Lake Fishery at Kirkcaldy, also Golden Loch Fishery & Lochmill Reservoir in the Newburgh area, plus many others that can be found on the web: for more information visit: www.visitscotland.com/fish or www.fifefishingguide.co.uk plus for Coarse fishing: www.sfca.co.uk.
The principal species are Salmon (from the Rivers), Brown & Rainbow Trout, with Pike, Perch, Brookie and Golden Trout in some of the South Western fisheries - Lanark and Dumfries areas. don't for get your permit from the water Baillie.