Annual Close Times

Below are the annual close times for each salmon fishery district in Scotland which specify when fishing is not permitted. However, the rod fishing season extends into part of the annual close time – see the rod and line fishing seasons for each district.

Please note that the Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016 prohibit the retention of salmon caught in waters outside estuary limits.

 

Salmon fishery district

 

Annual close time (all dates inclusive)

1. Annan 10th September to 31st March
2. Argyll 27th August to 31st March
3. Arnisdale 27th August to 31st March
4. Ayr 27th August to 31st March
5. Beauly 27th August to 31st March
6. Bladnoch 27th August to 31st March
7. Brora 27th August to 31st March
8. Caithness
(a) Forss 27th August to 31st March
(b) Thurso and Stroma 27th August to 31st March
(c) Wick 27th August to 31st March
(d) Dunbeath 27th August to 31st March
(e) Berriedale 27th August to 31st March
9. Carron 27th August to 31st March
10. Clyde and Leven 27th August to 31st March
11. Conon
(a) Alness and Alt Graad 27th August to 31st March
(b) Conon and Balnagown 27th August to 31st March
12. Cree 14th September to 31st March
13. Crowe and Shiel (Loch Duich) 27th August to 31st March
14. River Dee (Aberdeenshire)
(a) River Dee 27th August to 31st March
(b) River Carron and River Cowie 27th August to 31st March
15. River Dee (Kirkcudbright) 27th August to 31st March
16. Deveron 27th August to 31st March
17. Don 27th August to 31st March
18. Doon 27th August to 31st March
19. Eachaig (Eckaig) 1st September to 30th April
20. Esk
(a) Bervie 10th September to 30th April
(b) North and South Esk 1st September to 30th April
21. Findhorn 27th August to 31st March
22. Fleet (Sutherlandshire) 10th September to 31st March
23. Fleet (Kirkcudbright) 10th September to 31st March
24. Forth 27th August to 31st March
25. Girvan 10th September to 31st March
26. Glenelg 27th August to 31st March
27. Helmsdale 27th August to 31st March
28. Inner (Jura) 10th September to 31st March
29. Irvine and Garnock
(a) River Irvine 10th September to 31st March
(b) River Garnock 10th September to 31st March
30 Kishorn 27th August to 31st March
31. Kyle of Sutherland 27th August to 31st March
32. Laggan and Sorn (Islay) 10th September to 31st March
33. Loch Long (Luingi and Elchaig) 27th August to 31st March
34. Lochaber 27th August to 31st March
35. Lossie 27th August to 31st March
36. Luce 10th September to 31st March
37. Mull 27th August to 31st March
38. Nairn 27th August to 31st March
39. Ness 27th August to 31st March
40. Nith 10th September to 31st March
41. North and West
(a) Hope and Polla 27th August to 31st March
(b) Grudie or Dionard 27th August to 31st March
(c) Inchard 27th August to 31st March
(d) Laxford 27th August to 31st March
(e) Inver 27th August to 31st March
(f) Kirkaig 27th August to 31st March
42. Northern
(a) Halladale 27th August to 31st March
(b) Kinloch (Kyle of Tongue) 27th August to 31st March
(c) Naver and Borgie 27th August to 31st March
(d) Strathy 27th August to 31st March
43. Orkney Islands 10th September to 31st March
44. Shetland Islands 10th September to 31st March
45. Skye 27th August to 31st March
46. Spey 27th August to 31st March
47. Stinchar 10th September to 31st March
48. Tay
(a) Tay 21st August to 31st March
(b) River Earn 21st August to 31st March
(c) River Eden 21st August to 31st March
49. Ugie 10th September to 31st March
50. Urr 10th September to 31st March
51. Wester Ross 27th August to 31st March
52. Western Isles
(a) Loch Roag 27th August to 31st March
(b) East Lewis 27th August to 31st March
(c) Clayburn 10th September to 31st March
(d) Fincastle 10th September to 31st March
(e) Resort 27th August to 31st March
(f) Mullanageren 10th September to 31st March
(g) Howmore 10th September to 31st March
53. Ythan 10th September to 31st March