Rules & Regulations

wlaa Wed, 01/27/2016 - 14:21

WLAA Rules and Code of Conduct

West Lothian Angling Association (WLAA) are responsible for all fishing on 8 miles of the River Almond – see map. The WLAA leases the fishings from the Crown Estate Scotland and it includes all migratory and native species and is bound by the lease requirements and other statutory requirements (national, district or local). The WLAA is committed to the provision of fishing at an affordable cost, working with others to promote best practice and to manage the fishings for the benefit of its members and the fish species (including their environment).


There are a number of species of fish in the river which are covered by the permits, these include:

Atlantic salmon and sea trout (Migratory Species)

Brown trout (Native resident species)

Perch, pike (Other resident species)


The club has a duty to comply with legislation, regulations and any local by-laws, these require

Anglers fishing for migratory species to:

Only fish for salmon and sea trout between 1st February and 31st October inclusive (Salmon 2003)

Not to fish on a Sunday (Salmon 2003)

All salmon and sea trout to be returned (2017 Salmon regulations/FDSFB Code of Conservation)

Not fish for migratory species above the canal lade feeder bridge (FDSFB Code of Conservation)

Provide a catch return (including nil return) (salmon 2003)

Anglers fishing for native resident species to:

Only fish for brown trout between 15th March and 6th October (Salmon 2003)

Return all brown trout under 225mm (9") (to protect future generations and allow development of bigger fish)


No fishing between 1st November and 31st January for any species.


For all fishing the club expects its members to comply with the following:


Have your permit to fish when fishing – this is a requirement of membership and ensures that the angler is protected in law.

Respect the closed times (whether statutory or advisory) – to protect the future generation of our fish

Use appropriate tackle for target species – to prevent unnecessary damage to the fish (and comply with the law)

Use single or double hooks only when intending to catch & release – compliance with code of good practice for catch and release and lost hooks are less damaging to other river users and wildlife.

Only use barbless, de-barbed or micro barbed hook when intending to catch and release - to prevent unnecessary damage to the fish

Wade carefully and do not disturb redds – to protect the next generation of fish.

Respect property and the river environment (eg do not dig for bait, light fires, etc) – to act within the law and prevent damage to the environment and the local community.

Respect other river users – be part of the community and promote angling.

Return eels, juvenile fish, kelts, fish ready to spawn immediately – to comply with the law and to protect the species.

Keep safe, do not put yourself or others at risk and supervise anglers under the age of 16 – to comply with club insurance

Provide a record of your catches to the club - to comply with law and allow club to assess the health of population of fish and consider improvements which might be undertaken.

When using catch& release ensure the fish is kept out of the water as short a time as possible and handled to prevent damage (eg knotless nets) – to ensure high likelihood of survival when returned.

Use appropriate baits for wild species – respect the river natural environment and prevent damaging nutrients entering the river

Respect the restrictions on where to fish and don’t fish within 50m of a weir or manmade structure - to protect passage of fish and therefore future generations of fish.


There are number of requirements relating to fish and fishing which anglers should bear in mind:

It is illegal

To sell or offer for sale any rod caught salmon. (Salmon 2003)

To make structural changes to the river or its banks which contravene the Regulation of Controlled Activities (SEPA), including works to banks, creation of croys or other in stream structures, release of sediment etc.

To set a net or line, use a gaff or tailer, or lead core or fast sink lines (Salmon 2003)

To use any live bait (Salmon 2003 and FDSFB Regulations)


A conviction under the Salmon Acts will mean an automatic withdrawal of any current permit, with a minimum fishing ban of 5 seasons, and ALL permits from whatever source are not transferrable. (Crown lease requirement)


Follow the Code of Practice for Catch & Release Always Check Clean and Dry