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Field sports


An angler fishing in the North Esk near St Cyrus. Grampian Area.

The Access Code says:

Access rights do not extend to fishing.

Anglers need to be careful when casting lines so be aware of where people are on the water and on the land. If a canoeist or other person on the water is close by wait until they have passed by before casting. If you have a line in the water, allow people on the water to pass at the earliest opportunity. Indicating where you would prefer canoeists or rafters to pass by can help but be aware that it might not always be possible for them to follow the route you suggest.

Further guidance:

  • This booklet is a useful read for everyone using Scotland's waters: Using inland water responsibly; guidance for all water users. The detail from pages 27 and 28 shows two simple hand signals for fishermen and kayakers which greatly reduce conflict on the water. The booklet also covers topics such as rights of navigation, informal camping (as part of a paddling or angling trip), considerations for large groups or popular areas, local agreements and conservation issues.
  • For anglers, these pages of Fish pal provide more information about permissions and licenses for fishing in Scotland.