Fishing beats across the country have been permitted to reopen as part of the first phase of the Scottish Government’s four-phase plan to ease lockdown restrictions.
Whilst some restrictions have been lifted including access to outdoor recreation, the guidance remains clear:
• Stay home as much as possible
• Do not travel more than 5 miles from your local area
• Keep a 2-metre distance from people.
Stirling Council’s fishing beats on the Forth and Teith can now be used by local anglers who continue to follow the social distancing guidelines, which includes:
• Fish alone or with someone from the same household
• Avoid travel and fish locally
• Don’t share tackle with people outwith your household.
Information posters will be placed on entrance point noticeboards to remind anglers of these rules, as well as the need to regularly wash hands and avoid congregating in groups.
Please also be aware that car parks currently remain closed.
Stirling Council Fisheries Manager Scott Mason said: “We have a loyal community of anglers who use our fisheries and I would ask that they continue to follow the Government guidelines on social distancing when using our rivers.
“We have many excellent locations across both our rivers that will allow anglers to socially distance and fish in a manner that is safe for all.”
Stirling Council’s Vice Convener for Environment and Housing, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “Angling is a healthy outdoor activity which is beneficial for both our mental and physical wellbeing.
“Our beats offer some of the best fishing the UK has to offer, but anyone who uses our beats must continue to follow Government guidelines regarding social distancing.
“It is essential that these rules continue to be followed to protect not only anglers, but also the angling communities surrounding our rivers.”
To purchase permits during this time please visit www.fishforth.org.
If you suspect illegal fishing activity please report it to either Stirling Council on 01786 404040, Forth District Salmon Fishery Board on 0788 783 5549 or Police Scotland on 101.