Catch and Release

The club rules are overarched by national and local byelaws. Environment Agency rules and directives also apply. Size limits and catch and release laws for salmon, sea trout and brown trout vary from river to river. Club rules and local codes of practice are more stringent than the national and local byelaws.

It is the angler’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with all of the restrictions governing the catch and release of salmon, sea trout and brown trout.


Local bylaws require that all salmon caught in any of the club’s waters before 16th June, must be returned. In addition the River Tamar and Tributaries Fishing Association Code states that all salmon caught after 31 August must be returned.

Killing a salmon should be an exceptionally rare event in order to preserve the species.

  • On the Plym and Meavy all salmon must be returned.
  • All red or black salmon must be returned.
  • Anglers must return all hen fish.
  • Within the above guidelines, a rod may retain one salmon per day

Sea Trout

No more than four fish are to be taken in any one day. On the River Tamar the bag limit for sea trout is two per day. All coloured fish are to be returned. Anglers are asked to put a low limit on the number of fish they take. Anglers are encouraged to release small fish of less than 12ozs and all fish over 3lbs, together with any dark fish. Bylaws require sea trout from the Tamar and Plym under 18cm (7”) to be returned.

The River Tamar and Tributaries Fishing Association Code

  • All salmon caught before 16 June and after 31 August must be returned.
  • On the Tamar the first and second salmon caught are to be released.
  • All salmon over 10lbs and all sea trout over 3lbs are to be released.
  • All hen fish and out of condition fish must be returned.
  • Up to one fish per day may be kept between 16 June and 31 August provided it is under 10lbs (30 inches) and not coloured.

Brown Trout

Any trout less than 8″ (20cm) in length must be returned to the river.


Call the Environment Agency incident hotline to report:

  • damage or danger to the natural environment
  • pollution to water or land
  • poaching or illegal fishing
  • dead fish or fish gasping for air
  • rivers blocked by a vehicle or fallen tree causing risk of flooding
  • flooding from any river, stream, canal, natural spring or the sea
  • incidents at Environment Agency-regulated waste sites
  • illegal removals from watercourses
  • unusual changes in river flow
  • collapsed or badly damaged river or canal banks

Environment Agency pollution incident hotline

Incident hotline
Telephone: 0800 80 70 60
24-hour service