Stirling Council Fisheries Opening Event 2020

The 2020 salmon fishing season on Stirling Council Fisheries will be officially opened by Team GB Para snowboarder Andrew Macleod. The pipe band led parade will leave Ancaster Square at 09:15 on Saturday 1st February where the procession will make their way to the banks of the river Teith.

FREE fishing (Saturday 1st February 2020 – Saturday 8th February 2020, excluding Sunday 2nd February 2020) – anglers must register via

  • Free whisky tastings from Deanston Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
  • Free tea, coffee and hot food courtesy of Mhor Bread.
  • Fly tying demonstrations from Franc N Snaelda pro team member John Richardson.
  • Exciting exhibitors.

Fishing permits are now available to purchase in-store or direct from Stirling Council for the 2020 season

2020 continues with the same permit structure as 2019. Prices for junior season tickets are still only £15 to encourage young anglers to fish the river. Adult season ticket holders still benefit from same rule changes as last year. They can fish both rivers, the Forth and the Teith on a single season ticket.

2020 will also still see the three-month permit available. Introduced in 2018 to increase affordability and promote tourism to the area, these permits are ideal for those who are unable to fish the entire season. Unlike a full season ticket, they are restricted to a single river only, so either the River Forth, or the River Teith.

Three-month permits are available in either Spring, Summer or Autumn versions which cover the following three month periods.

Spring – Feb to April

Summer – May to July

Autumn – August to October

Fishing is allowed on the river from the 1st February to the 31st October 2020.

2020 Season Changes

The Stirling Council Fisheries panel agreed on the following changes to rules for the 2020 season in an effort to increase our conservation status and they are as follows:

Rule changes for 2020

  • 100% catch and release of all salmon and sea trout from the Forth/Teith confluence downstream.
  • No fishing by means of the worm on any part of the fishery (Forth or Teith).
  • Anglers will be able to retain 1 salmon from the river Teith only on the following conditions:
  • – the fish is fresh and silver in colour
    – the fish is under 7lb (or 27″)
    – it is a cock fish
    – the fish is caught between 1st June and 30th September

So this means all fish have to be returned on the river Forth, there is a continued prohibition on the retention of spring fish and sea trout. All hen fish on the river Teith have to be returned and anglers are only able to retain a salmon if it is silver(fresh), under 7lb or 27″ (grilse) and it is caught between 1st June and 30th September. There will be no worm fishing on any parts of the rivers Forth or Teith that are under Stirling Council Fisheries control.


1 carcass tag supplied for the River Teith in Callander only on the following conditions:

  • 100% catch and release until 1st June 2020.
  • 100% catch and release of hen fish all season
  • 100% catch and release of both sexes in October
  • 100% catch and release of sea trout
  • Details of how to use the tags are on the reverse of the permit.


A) Barbless singles to be used.

B) All anglers to carry and use an appropriate landing net.

C) Fish being returned should be handled minimally and should not be removed from the water.

Full rules are at the foot of this article and are also printed on the permits.


 Permits Adult (22-59) Youth (12-21) Concession (60+)
Whole Season (Both Rivers) £200 £15 £150
Day Permit 1 Feb – 31st Aug (Per River) £30 £5
Day Permit 1st Sept – 31st Oct (Per River) £45 £5
Spring Three Monthly Permit (Per River) £100
Summer Three Monthly Permit (Per River) £100
Autumn Three Monthly Permit(Per River) £100

When applying for a permit you will need to provide:

  • Two passport sized photographs
  • Photographic ID evidence eg. driving licence or passport
  • Youth Season permits will also require proof of age.
  • Up to the age of 12 youths are welcome to fish for free with a paying adult on a catch and release basis.

Passport photos are not required for day permits but please still bring your ID with you to confirm the permit is for you.

Concession permits are not available at Angling Active and must be purchased direct from Stirling Council.

Our staff will be unable to provide a permit unless the above criteria is met.


No worm fishing on any parts of the River Teith and River Forth that is managed by Stirling Council Fisheries.


Fisheries Officer Recommendation: “Only barbless, de-barbed or micro barbed hooks to be used when exercising catch and release.”


Available to organisations/businesses. £296.00 per rod. Details from Stirling Council (01786) 237792


Cannot be purchased from Angling Active, they can be purchased from Customer First, 1-5 Port Street, Stirling, FK8 2EJ, Tel: 0845 277 7000


River Forth & River Teith Stirling Council Fishing Map - Click to enlarge

River Forth & River Teith Stirling Council Fishing Map – Click to enlarge

The Fishing Beats. From the map above you will see that there are two beats on the Stirling council fishery. The top map shows the section of the River Forth that is fishable on both banks between the confluence of the Forth and Teith rivers just West of the M9 bridge all the way downstream to below Riverside. The fishing is then North bank only through Cambuskenneth. This particular beat claimed the most successful salmon beat in the UK in 2010, this is very impressive when you consider the competition being the Rivers Tay, Spey, Dee, Tweed and many others. In addition, there is a beautiful section of the River Teith that the Stirling Council offers permits to fish. Again from the map, you will see the top of the beat starts on the North bank of the River Leny (main tributary) from the iron bridge down. Also, the South bank of the Eas Gobhain (pronounced “es-go-van”) opposite the graveyard. These rivers meet at the “Meetings Pool” to form the River Teith which flows along the front of Callander township. There has historically been a good Spring run of fish ranging from opening day through to the end of April, slowing slightly for the Summer, but then a heavy back-end run is anticipated by eager anglers too.


Travel and Hospitality

Stirling is centrally located and within 40 minutes easy drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and their respective airports. The backbone of Scotland the A9/M9 crosses the river Forth at Junction 10 and couldn’t be an easier way to access the river and the city of Stirling. Excellent hotels, B&B’s and restaurants can be found under the skyline of Stirling Castle. The surroundings boast fabulous country house hotels such as the Monachyle Mhor Hotel at the far end of the system through stunning Balquidder. The Roux dynasty Dunblane located Cromlix House owned by World number 1 tennis player Andy Murray is ideally located for luxury and seclusion but only 10 minutes drive from Stirling. The Roman Camp in Callander sits on the banks of the Teith and you can access the available fishing from the door of the hotel without using a vehicle. Day permits, Three Monthly (seasonal) permits and whole season permits are available for visiting anglers as described above.


 Year Salmon Grilse Sea Trout Season Permits Sold Average fish per angler
2018 94 106 56 302 1.17
2017 160 52 45 132 1.95
2016 173 93 46 192 1.6