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Fishing seasons in the UK

When do the fishing seasons start in the UK?

Fishing seasons in the UK vary by species, location and fishing method; and also differ for rivers and lakes. Fishing regulations may also change according to local bylaws so don’t forget to check what guidance you need to follow with the venues before you visit.

In our guide to fishing season dates in the different areas of the UK we cover:

  • Fishing seasons in England
  • Fishing seasons in Wales
  • Fishing seasons in Scotland
  • Fishing seasons in Northern Ireland
  • Fishing seasons in Isle of Man


Plus, before you book, take a look at our UK destinations and fishing method guides. And don't forget to check out reviews of venues from people who have already fished there.

 

Fishing seasons in England

There is no legal close season for Rainbow Trout, Grayling or sea fishing, although some fisheries do not operate in the winter.

  • River Trout: 15th March - 6th October
  • Coarse Fishing: 15th March - 15th June inclusive
  • Rainbow Trout: All year
  • Sea Trout: March – September (may vary depending on the river)
  • Brown Trout: March – September (may vary depending on the river)
  • Salmon:  February - October (may vary depending on the river)

 

Fishing seasons in Wales

Most Welsh rivers have different seasons for different species and methods. So, while the salmon season on the River Dee runs from 3rd March to the 17th October, on the Taff it runs from the 20th March to the 17th October.

  • Rainbow Trout: All year
  • Sea Trout: February - October (varies depending on the river)
  • Brown Trout: March – September (varies depending on the river)
  • Salmon:  February - October (varies depending on the river)

Many rivers in Wales also have catch and release rules that vary by the time of year:

  • All rivers: any Salmon caught before 16th June must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.
  • Wye, Taff and Ely and their tributaries: all Salmon and Sea Trout must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.
  • Tywi, Taf, E&W Cleddau and their tributaries: any Salmon or Sea Trout caught after 7th October must be returned.
  • Seiont, Ogwen, Dwyryd, Dyfi and Conwy and their tributaries: any Salmon or Sea Trout caught after 17th October must be returned.


Fishing seasons in Scotland

There is no close season for coarse fishing in Scotland.

  • Rainbow Trout: All year
  • Sea Trout: January - November (varies depending on the river)
  • Brown Trout: 15th March – 30th September (varies depending on the river)
  • Salmon:  January - November (varies depending on the river)

Many Scottish rivers have different season dates depending on the fish and the methods. Here are the Scottish river dates for Salmon and Sea Trout:

  • Carron, Cassley, Evlyx, Helmsdale, Shin, Oykel: 11th January - 30th September
  • Thurso Stroma: 11th January - 5th October
  • Borgie, Naver, Polla, River and Loch Hope, Strathy: 12th January - 30th September
  • Almond, Garry, Ness, Isla, Tay, Tummel, Ericht: 15th January - 15th October
  • Aberdeenshire Dee, Brora: 1st February - 15th October
  • Earn, Border Esk, Forth, Teith: 1st February - 31st October
  • Blackadder, Ettrick, Tweed, Till, Teviot, Whiteadder, Yarrow: 1st February - 30th November
  • Ugie: 10th February - 31st October
  • Conon, Findhorn,  Spey, Balnagowan: 11th February - 30th September
  • Nairn: 11th February - 7th October
  • Beauly, Dunbeath, Ettive, Orchy, Polly, Sligican, Snizort: 11th February - 15th October
  • Annan, Irvine: 25th February - 15th November
  • Laxford Fishery Harris: 1st April - 15th October
  • Cree: 1st May - 15th October
  • Rodel Fishery (Harris): 1st May - 31st September
  • Eachaig: 1st May - 31st October
  • Creed (Lewis), Fhorsa, Gress: 1st June - 15th October
  • Amhuinnsuidhe (Harris), Hamanavay (Lewis), Obbe System (Harris): 3rd June - 15th October
  • Grimistra: 15th June - 15th October
  • North Esk, Ruel, South Esk: 16th February - 31st October
  • Bervie, Fincastle (Harris), Fleet (Kirkcubright), Fleet (Sutherland), Garnock, Girvan, Howmore, Jura, Laggan (Islay), Laxay Fishery (Lewis), Luce, Machrie (Arran), Mullanagowan, Nith, Orkney, Shetland, Sorn (Islay), Stinchar, Urr: 25th February to 31st October
  • Argyllshire, Ayr, Ailort, Aline, Alness (Alt Graad), Arnisdale, Aros (Mull), Awe, Ba (Mull), Berriedale, Bladnoch, Broom, Caron (west coast), Carron (Aberdeenshire), Clyde, Crowe and Sheil, Leven (Dumbartonshire), Dee (Kirkcubright), Deveron, Doinard / Grudie, Don, Doon, Dundonnell, East Lewis, Forss, Gour, Gruinard, Gridie, Glenelg, , GlenInver, Incard, Inver, Kishorn, Kannaird, Kinloch (Kyle of Tongue), Kirkaig, Kishorn, Laggan and Sorn (Islay), Laxford, Leven (Dumbartonshire), Loch Long, Lochaber, Lossie, Lochy, Luss (Mull), Moidart, Morar, Nith, Resort, Sanda, Scaddie, Sheil (river and loch), Torridon, Ullapool, Wester Ross, Wick, Ythan: 11th February - 31st October
  • Loch Roag: 11th February - 16th October

 

Fishing seasons in Northern Ireland

  • Rainbow Trout: All year
  • Sea Trout: February - October (may vary depending on the river)
  • Brown Trout: February – October (may vary depending on the river)
  • Salmon:  February - October (may vary depending on the river)

Here are the dates for Salmon and Sea Trout fishing on the following rivers:

  • Bush, Erne, Bann, Agivey: 1st March - 20th October
  • Foyle, Finn: 1st March - 15th September
  • Lough Melvin: 1st February - 3rd October
  • Faughan, Roe: 1st May - 20th October

 

Fishing seasons in Isle of Man

  • Rainbow Trout: April - January
  • Sea Trout : April - October (may vary depending on the river)
  • Brown Trout: April - January (may vary depending on the river)
  • Salmon:  April - October (may vary depending on the river)

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