FISHING during the ongoing lockdown should become easier for enthusiasts and the curious after angling clubs, charities and a fisheries board launched a pilot project to reinvigorate some of Scotland’s best known rivers.

Licensed angling is one of the exercises permitted under Covid-19 guidance. The salmon season starts on February 1 and that for brown trout on March 15.

However, with limited access to fishing shops, angling clubhouses or other outlets, several clubs in the Forth basin have joined forces with the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board and the Forth Rivers Trust to offer licenses online to local anglers and enthusiasts to encourage safe and socially distanced fishing.

A new online hub called Fishing Around the Forth, which can be found at, allows those interested in finding out more about the opportunities to fish to do so all in one place.

Available angling opportunities on rivers and lochs across the Forth are listed by catchment so it is easy to find a fishery beat, river or loch to fish.

Each area has a “Fishing factfile” covering everything from the dates of the season, species of fish, types of fishing available, access information, map links and more.

A Covid-19 update page also contains the latest information and advice for anglers.

Alison Baker, director of the Forth Rivers Trust, speaking for the Fishing on the Forth team, said: “The 2021 season nears and sees more disruption from the pandemic but fisheries and anglers now have a trusted platform to find out about fishing opportunities local to them.

“Fishing has proven benefits for people’s physical but also mental wellbeing.

“During 2020 fisheries have seen a marked increase in people entering the sport for the first time.

“The hub offers a great place to find out more information about how to fish, where to get permits and all of the rules on fishing around the Forth.”