Unless you have written permission (or permit) from the owner of the Salmon rights (also covers Sea Trout) for the shore you are fishing from then it is illegal to kill and keep any sea trout or Salmon you catch.. anywhere in Scotland.
Can you keep sea trout caught in the sea?
Any sea trout caught inadvertently by a sea angler targeting other saltwater species must be returned to the sea as soon as possible in order to stay on the right side of the law.
Can you keep sea trout UK?
You must return all catch unharmed. It is illegal to sell, or keep with the intention of selling, any salmon or sea trout that has been caught with a rod and line. You can be fined for selling rod and line-caught salmon or sea trout.
Can you keep fish you catch in Scotland?
If you want to take any Fish from Scottish waters you would need the owner’s permission. In Scotland it has recently been made a criminal offence to sell a salmon or sea trout, so always put your fish back unless you intend to eat it yourself and then only do so if the conservation rules of the river allow it.
When can you catch sea trout in Scotland?
Salmon and sea trout fishing is available from 11th January – 30th November in Scotland depending on the individual river.
How do you catch sea trout in Scotland?
Fishing is now by rod and line, mostly from the river bank but also on larger rivers from boats. Sea Trout can also be caught in lakes or lochs and occasionally from estuaries. Most fishing is done using flies, but spinning is allowed on some rivers, as is the use of some forms of bait, although more rarely.
Can you eat sea trout?
Trout are very delicate, so returning unwanted or illegal fish promptly to the water is necessary to maintain a healthy population. Spotted seatrout are a good eating fish.
Can I keep the fish I catch UK?
You’re only allowed to keep a certain amount of the fish you catch. These fish must also be of a certain size. You must return fish you can’t keep to the water unharmed. You’re committing an offence and can be fined if you take too many fish or fish that aren’t the right size.
What size trout can you keep UK?
|Species & area||Size limit|
|Brown trout and sea trout (Upper Severn Area) – all other areas||20cm (8”)|
|Rainbow trout||No size limit (individual fisheries may impose a limit in their rules)|
|Coarse fish (including grayling)||Read about size limits and taking fish from waters|
Can you keep fish you catch in UK sea?
Despite no licence being needed sea fishing is restricted in many areas. Despite anglers not needing a licence there are still restrictions on where anglers can fish from. All piers around the UK are private property.
Where can I go sea fishing in Scotland?
In Loch Goil and Loch Long you can catch cod, whiting, plaice, mackerel, skate and pollack to name a few. Over on the east coast in Aberdeenshire, there’s Cruden Bay, Sandford Bay and Peterhead Harbour, all well-known for their shore fishing for ling, conga, dab, turbot and sea bass.
Can you fish for free in Scotland?
Each of Scotland’s canals offers distinctive fishing opportunities and there are plenty of options whether you are looking for free fishing or to buy a licence.
Do you need a permit to fish for brown trout in Scotland?
you can catch brown trout almost anywhere in scotland without a license as it is a native to scotland,even if there are rainbow trout or salmon in the same place,if you do catch rainbow or salmon you must return them…
Do you need a licence to sea fish in Scotland?
You do not need a licence to fish with rod and line anywhere in Scotland apart from in the Border Esk region. You only need permission from the landowner or an angling club.
Can you fish on Sundays in Scotland?
No. Many angling associations ban it in the terms of their permits. They often try to avoid taking responsibility by claiming Sunday fishing is illegal but it is is absolutely not.
What is Scottish sea trout?
Sea trout are native to Scotland and are found widely in Scandinavia, Iceland and the Baltic region. They can be found in many other parts of the European Atlantic seaboard – even as far south as Portugal. Like Atlantic salmon, sea trout migrate to the sea to feed and grow before returning to freshwater to spawn.