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About coarse fisheries, game fisheries and sea angling

Information on the extensive range of world renowned fishing opportunities attracting anglers from communities across Scotland and further afield.

About coarse fisheries, game fisheries and sea angling
Fish species

Fish species

There is little commercial exploitation of freshwater and migratory fish in Scotland. Today, around 30 per cent of salmon and sea trout is taken by commercial fixed engine and net and coble fisheries. There is little commercial trapping of eels, which although common in Scotland, grow slowly and are easily over-exploited.

Around half of Scotland's 40 freshwater and migratory fish species are exploited by anglers. In contrast to England and Wales, where fishing for coarse species dominates, the most valuable angling sector is undoubtedly for salmon, Sea trout, Brown trout and Rainbow trout. Pike, perch, common carp and grayling also have their devotees.

Popular species targeted by recreational sea anglers include:

  • Cod
  • Pollack
  • Spurdog
  • Haddock
  • Bass
  • Porbeagle
  • Mackerel
  • Conger
  • Skate
Game Fisheries Coarse Fisheries Still Water Fisheries Sea Angling Fisheries
  • Arctic charr
  • Brown trout
  • Ferox trout
  • Grayling
  • Sea trout
  • Salmon
  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Roach
  • Rainbow trout
Scottish Sea Angling Conservation Network (SSACN)