Many people currently fish at the Barrhead dams. There is no permit system in place, but if you currently or plan to fish there then please take a few minutes to have a look at the following good practice tips:

  • Discarded line should be cut up and placed in the bins or taken home;
  • Litter should also be binned or taken home;
  • Existing paths should be used as much as possible to avoid disturbing wildlife and for your safety;
  • Parking is very limited at the dams. Make sure you do not park in front of gates at anytime. Scottish Water, farm and emergency vehicles need access 24 hours a day;
  • Be considerate of others, keep radios low and check for passers by before casting;
  • Make sure someone knows where you are and when you expect to return;
  • Weil's disease results from rat urine. Wash your hands before eating, do not place food on the banks and cover any cuts with waterproof plasters;
  • Use the correct tackle for fish (e.g. wire trace for pike);
  • Welfare of the fish should be your first priority. Make sure you can land your fish, use your forceps to remove hooks, handle fish and keep out of the water as little as possible;
  • If your fish is deep hooked, do not pull on the line. Cut the line as far as possible in the mouth and release immediately;
  • Choose barbless hooks where possible;
  • Never move a fish or use live bait. Introducing fish species to an area is illegal and can result in major disruption to a natural ecosystem, as well as introducing disease;
  • Show restraint in the number of fish taken and respect fishing seasons and return fish where possible;
  • Fishing is a sport enjoyed by many people for various reasons from fun through to food. Respect other anglers and their motivation;
  • Angling is a potentially dangerous pastime, be aware of the dangers of deep water and minimise the risks.