Ongoing dry weather and fish

Fisheries Management Scotland remain concerned about the current stress fish stocks are under, due to the combination of prolonged dry weather, high river temperatures and water abstraction in some areas. With daytime river temperatures in some areas currently in excess of 19c and hot weather set to continue, we recommend that our members consider issuing the following guidance for fisheries and anglers in their area:

  • Cease fishing when river water temperature exceeds 18°C
  • Use strong tackle
  • Play the fish quickly
  • Always use a knotless net
  • Keep the fish in the water at all times
  • Use long-nosed forceps or a hook releasing tool to gently remove the hook

Catch and Release Best Practice can be found HERE: