To fish in the River Ythan you need to have a valid permit for the area you want to fish in. Permits are issued by proprietors and they allow you to fish in a specific area. Permits can be issued as day tickets, season tickets or be part of a club membership. You do not need a licence to fish from any other authority to fish in the river. Proprietors can use or let out their areas as they wish providing, they comply with the statutory instruments or local agreements.
Atlantic salmon, sea, brown and some rainbow trout are found in the river, along with stickleback, minnows, eel, lamprey and sometimes pike and perch. An extract from GH Nall's 'The Life of the Sea Trout' about the River Ythan and 'The Fisheries of the Ythan' (Catches since 1952 and comments) by Dr John Pirie are available to download from our reports page.
Please be aware that ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED TO THE RIVER by law in 2020. You could face criminal charges if you keep one.
More information about the general rules for fishing on River Ythan, bag limits, baits and lures, equipment and how to handle and return fish can be found in our conservation code further down this page.
It is a legal requirement to report catches of all salmon, sea trout and finnock (young sea trout) to the fishing proprietor, tenant, or angling club responsible for the area you are fishing in. Please provide them with:
If you see or smell polluted water please report this to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) by calling 01346 510502 stating the location and problem you have discovered. Please ask for an incident reference.
You can also report the incident by phone or text to The Clerk to the Board on 07799 334973 or to the Bailiffs on 01467 642121
If you see someone fishing illegally please report the matter to the Clerk to the Board on 07799 334973 or the Bailiffs on 01467 642121
Where to buy permit
Haddo House Angling Club
From Gight to downstream of Ythanbank
Costcutters, Methlick, AB41 7DT
Sloans Country Sports, 125-129 High St, Inverurie AB51 3QJ
North bank from Tangland to Ythanbank
Upstream of the middle of Ellon
Downstream of Ellon to the estuary
Auchmacoy Estate Office
Tel: 01358 720291
The Ythan Estuary Fishings
3 Lea Cottages, 130 Main Street, Newburgh, AB41 6BN
Tel: 01358 789297
Aberdeen and District Angling Association
Three separate beats on the river from Methlick to the estuary including Ardlethan (upstream of the Kinharrachie bridge) and salmon pools
Membership available online from the club's website www.adaa.org.uk
Permit information last updated: January 2023
NOTE – IT IS ILLEGAL TO KILL A SALMON FROM THE RIVER YTHAN – YOU WILL BE LIABLE TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IF YOU DO SO.
Fish killed over the entire river by any one angler
The Ythan conservation code is produced by the Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board.
Ythan conservation code last updated: January 2023
The Ythan District Salmon Fishery Board is a member of Fisheries Management Scotland.
The River Ythan Trust is a registered charity
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) number SCO 41269