The salmon season on the River Deveron opens on 11 February this year, with the new lockdown restrictions and the instruction to Stay Home, the Scottish Government has issued guidance for anglers.
Following the announcement, the Scottish Government introduced, from midnight on 5 January, and for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes. This is similar to the lockdown of March 2020.
The First Minister acknowledged that it is important for physical and mental well-being that we can get outdoors for fresh air and exercise as much as possible. Given this, local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise is to be considered an appropriate reason for leaving home. Unlike the lockdown last year, the frequency of outdoor exercise is not being limited.
Outdoor non-contact activities such as walking, cycling and golf are permitted for all age groups.
Angling is also permissible provided this is within a single household group, or the group contains no more than 2 people from 2 different households. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.
You can travel for local outdoor sport or exercise such as angling but must stay within the more general requirements with regard to travel and ensure that you abide by the rules on meeting other households. In general, stay as close to home as possible – within your local authority, or no more than 5 miles from the boundary – and stay away from crowded places.
Individuals should continue to follow the five principles behind the Scottish Government’s FACTS campaign:
F – wear a Face covering
A – Avoid crowded places
C – Clean hands and surfaces regularly
T – stay Two-metre distance away from other people
S – Self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste)
Detailed guidance on safe conduct while angling is available on the Angling Scotland website and from Fisheries Management Scotland.
Club competitions, outings etc
Angling activity should be restricted to individuals, household groups or no more than 2 people from 2 households, suitably distanced.
Gatherings for fishing competitions, club outings or group meetings, etc are not permitted under the current restrictions.
Sea angling from the shore is allowed, provided that anglers comply with the more general requirements with regard to travel and the rules on meeting other households.
Sea angling from private boats with members of your own household is also allowed.
Again, sea angling should be practised as close to home as possible and no more than 5 miles beyond your local authority boundary.
Angling from charter boats is not currently permitted.
Travelling from other parts of the UK to fish in Scotland
This is not allowed under current rules in Scotland.
In addition, all holiday accommodation is closed to tourism. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only.
For more information about fishing on the River Deveron, visit deveron.org, the website for the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust.