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Tourism Scotland - Fishing
Open Season

There is no close season for coarse fishing or sea angling. The table to the right is based on the statutory close season dates for trout and salmon fishing in Scotland.

Wild Brown Trout
The close season for trout in Scotland is from 7 October to 14 March, both says inclusive, but many clubs extend this close season still further to allow the fish to reach better condition.

Fresh trout may not be sold between the end of August and the beginning of April, and not at anytime if less that eight inches long.

As a rule of thumb, the fishing on the west coast does not really get going until around the end of June. Rivers on the east coast have a much longer usable season and fish can often be taken right from the opening to the closing dates. However, anglers should always enquire about the general timing of salmon runs before buying a permit as certain months are historically poor for fishing.

Open Season dates for Salmon and Sea Trout
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