Fishing Season Information

  • The salmon fishing season on the Forth runs from 1 February 2021 until 31 October 2021.
  • The trout season runs from 15 March 2021 until 6 October 2021. 

You can fish for both Monday to Saturday in the season.

What we do

  • manage the salmon fisheries in Stirling and Callander
  • provide good quality and well managed public salmon fishery for the benefit of both residents and visitors
  • promote salmon conservation by issuing tags to anglers to limit the number of salmon that can be taken away while still providing a full season of fishing

River Forth

The River Forth is 47 km (29 miles) long, is the major river draining the eastern part of the central belt of Scotland.
The Forth rises in Loch Ard in the Trossachs, a mountainous area some 30 km (19 miles) west of Stirling. It flows eastward, through Aberfoyle.
It is then joined by the River Teith and the River Allan, before meandering through the ancient city of Stirling.
From Stirling, the Forth flows east over the Carse of Stirling and past the towns of Cambus (where it is joined by the river Devon), Alloa and Airth. Upon reaching Kincardine the river begins to widen into an estuary, the Firth of Forth.
River Teith
The River Teith is a branch of the River Forth in Scotland. Originating in Callander it flows through Deanston and Doune before joining the Forth near Stirling.
The Teith is renowned for its fishing and for the splendid arched bridge ½ mile southwest of Doune.

Popular permit prices

Stirling Council Fisheries offer anglers spring fishing, sea trout fishing, summer fishing and back end fishing all on the one permit. The single permit covers both the Rivers Teith and Forth while removing the divide between visitor and resident.

Anglers can fish for nine months for just £200, while people aged twelve to twenty one can now fish the whole season for only £15. Anyone up to the age of twelve is welcome to fish for free with a paying adult on a catch and release basis.


Customer First
1-5 Port Street
Stirling, FK8 2EJ

Tel: 01786 404040

Angling Active
Stirling Agricultural Centre
Stirling, FK9 4RN

Tel: 01786 430400

James Bayne and Co.
76 Main Street,
Callander, FK17 8BD

Tel: 01877 330218

Require Information 

  • Two passport photographs and
  • Two address verifications which require to be supported by photographic verification eg. passport or driving licence.

Visitors Require

  • Two passport photographs and
  • One address verification requires to be supported by photographic verification eg. passport or driving licence.


Permits can be paid for by means of credit/debit card or cash. Permits are available from Customer First, Angling Active, James Bayne Tackle and online from FishPal (card only).


There are hills and mountains down which streams and burns tumble to the lochs in almost every glen.
These blue waters are the habitat of
  • wild brown trout
  • sea trout, salmon
  • and often coarse fish.
Inhabitants of the hill and forest include deer, otter, pine marten, eagle and the ultimate fisher - the osprey

List of Fisheries

The following lists some very local fishing spots within a 12-mile radius, but there are many others if you want to travel a little further.

A Few Regulations that require attention

Other than coarse or sea fishing, rods must be handheld and not propped on a stick or rod rest for that would be a set line, which is illegal in Scotland. You can only use one rod may for each fishing permit paid for. On waters under a Protection Order, it is an offence to fish without paying for a permit. It is prohibited to fish for or take salmon and sea trout on Sundays.

Safety Regulations

  • Before going to fish in isolated lochs or rivers, always tell someone responsible for your intended route and projected time of return.
  • While boat fishing always wears a properly fitting life jacket or buoyancy aid.
  • Do not stand up or move about in the boat while fishing.

Code of Conduct

Please consider others and observe the angler's code of conduct


  • fish upstream of other fishing anglers
  • wait your turn to fish a pool from its head
  • remove your old line, cans bottles and all litter from the riverbank
  • stay about 15m from the next angler and 30m when they or you are using a fly
  • respect the property, access and privacy of people who live on or by the fishery.

Compulsory catch and release until 1 June.


Last updated: Saturday, September 17, 2022 4:14 PM