Fishing

Residents and visitors to Perth can take the opportunity to fish on one of Scotland's best salmon and trout rivers.

The Council manages the allocation of fishing permits along the town waters of the River Tay.  View the  icon Perth town fishing beats [2Mb] for details.

Scotland has no state fishing licensing system (unlike England and Wales).  However, it is a criminal offence to fish for salmon without legal right or written permission, and generally a civil offence to fish for other species. Shrimp and prawn fishing is illegal on the River Tay.

Statutory Conservation Regulations 2015

On the 9 January 2015 the Scottish Government introduced regulations which require the mandatory release of all salmon caught in the Tay district prior to 1 April. This means that release of salmon is a now legal requirement during this period - even if a fish has died.  For more information on the new Regulations and to view the River Tay Conservation Code, please visit the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board.

Fish availability and season dates

  • Early Spring - Salmon Fishing
  • Early Summer - Brown Trout and Sea Trout
  • Summer salmon and grilse fishing throughout to runs of heavy back-end salmon during the autumn

Salmon

The season runs from 15th January to 15th October inclusive (excluding Sundays - there is no Sunday salmon fishing in Scotland).

Our Salmon permits offer exceptional value for money.  The Tay is a big water and a good cast is often required!  In the right water conditions the fishing can be exceptional as the salmon will hold here before running the river.

Brown Trout

The season runs from 15th March to 6th October inclusive.

Permits

These can be purchased from, Perth & Kinross Council, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5GD Tel 01738 475000

Daily permits

A Daily Permit is available to all anglers, regardless of their home address, including visitors to the area. For Spring fishing (January - July) this costs £10.00 and for Summer fishing (July - October) this is £15.00 . No discounts to the day permit are available.

Seasonal Permits

Seasonal permits are only available to residents of Perth and Kinross. Costs are shown below.

Permit type Cost
Residents of Perth Burgh (must have a permanent address in the Perth Town Wards) or members of the Perth and District Angling Association (PDAA) who reside within 15 miles of Perth BurghAdult£18.00 (inc. VAT)
 

Juvenile

Under 17 years of age

£9.00 (inc. VAT
Resident of Perth and Kinross outwith Perth Burgh (have a permanent address in the Perth and Kinross Council area situated outside the Perth Town Wards)Adult£36.00(inc. VAT)
 

Juvenile

Under 17 years of age

£18.00 (inc. VAT)

Frequently Asked Questions

What information do I need to bring for a seasonal application?

Each applicant is required to provide proof of address (e.g. a current service bill, bank statement, council tax or rent book, Firearms Licence) and two passport size photographs.  Children may not always have proof of address; in this case proof can be accepted from the parents accompanying them at the time of application.  If applying for a Seasonal Permit under PDAA membership, you will need to provide your membership number.

Can I fish without a permit?

Yes, If the fisherman wishes to catch salmon, sea trout or grilse they must hold either a day or season permit.  A permit is not required however if the fisherman only wishes to fish for brown trout or roach, but fisherman should be advised that they have to collect a 'roach fishing only' stamped map and a good practice guide from Pullar House, alternatively these documents could be posted out.

I would like to fish for more that one day.  Are there permits for this?

Perth city residents can apply for a season permit to allow fishing on more than one day.  If the applicant is not entitled to a season permit a day permit must be issued and date stamped accordingly for each day of fishing.

Where can I fish?

Fishing is authorised for all users on the town banks of the River Tay along the North Inch to the Harbour and at small bays along the Dundee road.  Season permit holders are also authorised to fish from the town side of Moncrieff Island.  Fishing is prohibited from the Harbour edge.  A map can be provided on request and is included in application packs.

Further Information

Please consider our Water Safety advice before taking access near water.

For further information, please call 01738 475000 or email communitygreenspace@pkc.gov.uk

Contact details

Community Greenspace

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476