Salmon angling seasons in Scotland

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Salmon rivers in Scotland - rod fishing times

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Salmon migrate into different rivers at different times of year. Each river system has its own unique families of fish that have evolved by their spawing strategies to survive is particular environments and in recognition of this seasons were arranged to suit. Legal seasons may be curtailed by temporary agreements and since the dates were originally set many of the rivers have lost their spring runs of fish therefore midsummer to autumn provides the best of the sport except for the larger North and East Coast rivers several of which continue to provide good fishing through the early months. It is therefore recommended that vistors carefully check catch records for recent years before booking spring salmon fishing, to avoid disappointment.

River System opens closes   River System opens closes
Alness 11-Feb 31-Oct   Helmsdale 11-Jan 30-Sep
Annan 25-Feb 15-Nov   Inver 11-Feb 31-Oct
Awe 11-Feb 15-Oct   Irvine 25-Feb 15-Nov
Ayr 11-Feb 31-Oct   Kirkaig 11-Feb 31-Oct
Beauly 11-Feb 15-Oct   Kyle of Sutherland 11-Jan 30-Sep
Berriedale 11-Feb 31-Oct   Laggan and Sorn (Islay) 25-Feb 31-Oct
Bladnoch 11-Feb 31-Oct   Laxford 11-Feb 31-Oct
Brora 01-Feb 15-Oct   Leven (Dumbartonshire) 11-Feb 31-Oct
Carron 11-Feb 31-Oct   Lochy 11-Feb 31-Oct
Clyde 11-Feb 31-Oct   Morar 11-Feb 31-Oct
Conon 26-Jan 30-Sep   Naver and Borgie 12-Jan 30-Sep
Cree 01-Mar 14-Oct   Ness 15-Jan 15-Oct
Dee (Aberdeenshire) 01-Feb 30-Sep   Nith 25-Feb 30-Nov
Dee (Kirkcudbright) 11-Feb 31-Oct   North Esk 16-Feb 31-Oct
Deveron 11-Feb 31-Oct   Shiel and Loch Shiel 11-Feb 31-Oct
Dionard 11-Feb 31-Oct   Sligachan (Skye) 11-Feb 31-Oct
Don 11-Feb 31-Oct   Snizort (Skye) 11-Feb 31-Oct
Doon 11-Feb 31-Oct   South Esk 16-Feb 31-Oct
Eachaig 16-Feb 31-Oct   Spey 11-Feb 30-Sep
Earn 01-Feb 31-Oct   Stinchar 25-Feb 31-Oct
Ewe 11-Feb 31-Oct   Strathy 12-Jan 30-Sep
Findhorn 11-Feb 06-Oct   Tay 15-Jan 15-Oct
Fleet (Kirkcudbright) 25-Feb 31-Oct   Thurso 11-Jan 05-Oct
Forss 11-Feb 31-Oct   Tweed 01-Feb 30-Nov
Forth 01-Feb 31-Oct   Ullapool 11-Feb 31-Oct
Gruinard and Little Gruinard 11-Feb 31-Oct   Wick 11-Feb 31-Oct
Halladale 12-Jan 30-Sep   Ythan 11-Feb 31-Oct

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