Forth District Salmon Fishery Board

Protecting salmon and sea trout in the Forth District now and for the future

Forth District Salmon Fishery Board

Protecting salmon and sea trout in the Forth District now and for the future

Forth District Salmon Fishery Board

Protecting salmon and sea trout in the Forth District now and for the future

Forth District Salmon Fishery Board

Protecting salmon and sea trout in the Forth District now and for the future

The Board covers all rivers which flow into the Forth Estuary and Firth of Forth. This includes the Rivers Biel, Tyne, Esk, Water of Leith, Almond, Avon, Carron, Forth, Teith, Allan, Devon, Black Devon, Leven and all coastal burns.

As set out in the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868

“1st. That the Limits of the District of the River-Forth shall be—on the North, Fife Ness ; on the South, the Boundary between the Counties of Haddington and of Berwick ; and that the District shall consist of the Portions of the Sea Coast and the Estuary, and the River, contained between the said Points.”

“salmon” means all fish of the species Salmo salar and migratory fish of the
species Salmo trutta and commonly known as salmon and sea trout respectively or
any part of any such fish as defined by the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act 1868 amended to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Fishery – The areas where rod and line & legal netting can take place. Fisheries exist on all rivers within the Forth with some active and some inactive.

A board of proprietors who are elected every three years by the other fishery proprietors within the District together with anglers representatives. The elections and how they should be carried out are outlined within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Protecting The Fishery

The Board, fishery owners and partners protect the Forth fishery (rivers) in a variety of ways to benefit salmon and sea trout.

Protecting The Fish

The board has a role in the protection of salmon and sea trout within the Forth. We do this in a number of ways from conservation codes to promoting catch & release.

When to Contact Us

There are times when you may need to get in touch with the Board. Find out when you might need to get in touch here.

Crown Estates Scotland Pilot Project

There are times when you may need to get in touch with the Board. Find out when you might need to get in touch here.

Forth District Salmon Fishery Board Public Meeting 17th May 2022

Forth District Salmon Fishery Board Public Meeting - 17th May 2022 The Forth District Salmon Fishery Boards public meeting will be held on the 17th May 3pm-8pm at Dunblane Cathedral halls, all welcome. The public meeting will take place as a drop in event, with...

Forth DSFB Triennial Elections 17th May

Forth DSFB Triennial Elections 17th May - New Board Members Wanted! New board members wanted! Do you want to be part of protecting and conserving Atlantic salmon and sea trout in the Forth District? Our wild salmon populations are in crises but the ForthDSFB is...

Forth Crown Estate Pilot Project Update

Forth Crown Estate Pilot Project Update At the end of 2020, the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board and Crown Estate Scotland entered into an innovative agreement for the management of the salmon fishings in the Forth District.  This pilot project is now well underway...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year We would like to wish all of our followers, proprietors, angling clubs and anglers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year when it comes. Our staff will be taking a well deserved break over the next two weeks and no doubt having a...

We Are Hiring – Fisheries Development Officer

We are Hiring - Forth Fisheries Development Officer Support local anglers and fishery managers and create more opportunities for fishing on the Forth rivers. The Forth Fisheries Development Officer is key to the development of fishing across the Central Belt (Forth...

Forth Fisheries Development Officer – Crown Estate Pilot Project

Forth Fisheries Development Officer - Crown Estate Scotland Pilot Project Be at the forefront of fisheries management and see real change in the way  fisheries are managed and developed. The fisheries across the Forth's rivers provide an opportunity to support active...

Crown Estate Scotland Pilot Project

Crown Estates Scotland Pilot Project Crown Estate Scotland and Forth District Salmon Fishery Board (Forth DSFB) have signed an agreement which will see Forth DSFB take on extra responsibility over fishing rights across a large area of eastern Scotland. The agreement...

2020 Salmon Season Closes

2020 Salmon Fishing Season Closes Today is the last day of the salmon fishing season and we hope anglers across the Forth had a good year. We would like to remind all anglers that it is illegal to fish for salmon on and between the 1st November – 31st January. The...

Lockdown Eased, Fishing Restarted

Lockdown Eased - Fishing Restarted With the start of phase 1 of the move from lockdown announced today the Scottish Government has lifted the restriction on fishing. Fishing can re- start from Friday 29th May subject to confirmation from the fishery owner, manager or...

Forth DSFB Update 2 on Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

Forth DSFB Update 2 on Easing of Lockdown The Scottish Government has announced their route map to reducing lockdown measures to combat the spread of COVID 19. This is divided into four main phases and restriction on fishing with other outdoor activities will be eased...
Forth Rivers Trust

Forth Rivers Trust

The Forth Rivers Trust is an environmental charity with an aim to improve the rivers in and around the Forth for the benefit of wildlife and communities. The Board works closely with the Trust to deliver its statutory duties but also improve the Forth District.

Fishing around the Forth

Fishing around the Forth

Want to find out where you can fish around the Forth ? Check out the new Fishing around the Forth hub along with the Fishing Around the Forth social media channels on Facebook and Instagram.