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In Scotland there is no public right to fish in freshwater except in tidal zones for non-migratory species. There is a public right to fish for sea fish from any public foreshore and from boats.

Freshwater fishing for non-migratory species without a permit is a civil offence. Where a Protection Order exists, freshwater fishing or salmon fishing without legal right or written permission is a criminal offence. The River Tay, River Tummel and the River Lunan systems have Protection orders and good access arrangements for non-migratory species.

To avoid problems it is essential that you obtain a permit before starting fishing in freshwater, read the rules and conditions under which it is issued and obey them at all times.

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