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Fishing

Responsible behaviour by the public

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.

Responsible behaviour by land managers

The Access Code says:

Respect the needs of people exercising access rights responsibly. If a canoeist, rafter or other person is on the water, let them pass by before casting a line. Ensure your clients are aware that people can exercise access rights along riverbanks and loch shores, as well as on the water. Where appropriate, work with your local authority and recreation bodies to help to integrate access with fishing and other riparian activities, and help facilitate responsible access along riverbanks and loch shores.

Further guidance:

Using inland water responsibly; guidance for all water users.