Welcome To The Laurencekirk & District Angling Association Web Site

We offer good wild brown trout, sea trout and salmon fishing to members and to non members by day or weekly ticket. Brown trout fishing is available on both The Bervie and Luther Waters 7 days a week, salmon and sea trout fishing Monday to Saturday only. 
By law here is no Sunday fishing permitted for migratory fish on Sundays in Scotland. Please look in the Permits section (top menu) for more details.

The Luther Water is a major tributary of The North Esk. The river is a noted brown trout fishery holding large stocks of fish and producing good runs of sea trout and salmon, particularly during periods of high water and from September to the end of the season.

The Bervie Water
is well known as a sea trout and salmon fishery, often producing very large fish. Again this is mainly during periods of high water and from September to the end of the season. The Bervie is also a very underrated brown trout fishery where the stealthy, adaptable and cunning fly fisher can find very good sport

We are always looking to recruit new members to the association, please look in the Membership section (top menu) for more details.


The Club AGM will be held on  Monday 28th November
The Venue High Street
Any matters to be addressed please contact the secretary.

Thank you.

The Criminalisation Of Fishing In Scotland

You may have read the latest draft fisheries bill / consultation document from the Scottish Government. It has very serious implications for all who fish in freshwater in Scotland.

The bill proposes to criminalise all freshwater fishing in Scotland without written permission.

Now at first glance this might not seem a bad thing, however there is a raft of other consequences go with with it.

Firstly fishing for migratory fish (salmon and sea trout) without written permission is already a criminal offence in Scotland. Fishing for other freshwater species is covered by civil law. If owners want criminal law protection for other freshwater species they must apply for a Protection Order. This will be granted provided the owners grant reasonable and fair priced access to anglers after other freshwater species – for example brown trout. Salmon rights are unaffected. It works reasonably well and provides access on rivers such as the Tay, Tweed, Don etc.

Right now on some salmon rivers, trout fishers are only tolerated because they have to be if the owners want criminal law protection under the P.O. (Protection Order) system.

The inevitable consequence of this bill, if it goes into law, will be no P.O.s (there will be no need for them) and sooner or later no fishing for other freshwater species on rivers like the Tay, Don, Tweed etc where trout anglers are sometimes seen as a thorn in the flesh of owners who wish to sell exclusivity to salmon anglers. Right now trout fishers are often only grudgingly tolerated because the owners have no choice if they want P.O. protection.

This bill will affect everyone who fishes for trout, pike or any other freshwater fish.

You may wish to express your own views on this to your MSP or to the minister, Aileen McLeod who is proposing this at the Scottish Government.

A group of us including a lawyer have looked at this, have created a response template and provided information that will make it easy to respond. You can find this here.


Please take a look and respond if you can.

Laurencekirk & District Angling Association A.G.M. 2015

The Annual General Meeting for members will be held on Monday November 30th 2015 at 7.30PM at The Venue High St Laurencekirk.


Trout Fishing On The Luther Water

thumbThe Luther Water is not one of Scotland’s better known trout streams, but just because you don't know about something does not mean it's not there.

Read more: Trout Fishing On The Luther Water

Restriction Order

The restriction order on the Esk District has been lifted but the Fisheries Board have put together voluntary recommendations (see link below).

Voluntary Recommendations


Maps of our fishings on the Bervie and Luther Waters can be downloaded here.

Bervie Map

Luther Map


The open seasons on our rivers are as follows

Salmon and Sea Trout 16th February to 31st October inclusive.

Brown Trout 15th March to 6th October inclusive

Anglers respectfully are reminded that:

It is a criminal  offence to fish for Salmon and Sea Trout on Sundays

It is a criminal offence to fish for Salmon and Sea Trout without written permission

Brown Tour fishing rights belong to the riparian owners and / or lease holders. It is not a public right.

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