Head along the Forth and Clyde or Union Canal for a spot of canal fishing. Roach and Perch are the most common species throughout the canal, and can easily be caught using maggots, pinkies, worms or bread as hookbait. A great beginners’ fishing experience.

What’s biting?

The Forth & Clyde Canal is best known for its tench, though there are some prize carp in there too, especially around Firhill Basin in Glasgow. In fact, the current Scottish Carp record of 34lb 12oz was captured on the Forth & Clyde Canal, in May 2010. For the Union Canal, roach and perch are your most likely catches. 

Further information


Falkirk - Edinburgh
Forth & Clyde Canal
Union Canal

Opening Hours



Adult annual membership
OAP/Disabled annual membership
Under 16

Free but you need a season ticket

Useful information

Know before you go!

  • All fish caught must be returned to the water alive and unharmed.
  • Fish mustn’t be removed from or introduced to the canals.
  • Only fish from the towpath side of the canals.
  • Stay at least 25 metres away from any lock or swing bridge and don’t fish at designated moorings where so signed.
  • Maximum of two rods (or three for pike fishing), with rods spaced no more than five metres apart.
  • Don’t leave any litter, bait or groundbait on the canal towpath. All line must be removed and disposed of safely.
  • No fires.
  • Don’t block the towpath with any fishing equipment.

Lastly, it’s worth checking our Canal Works & Updates pages before you go, just in case any maintenance work is scheduled. 

Fishing tips

  • Try using a small hook, such as a size 20, and a fine line of 2lbs breaking strain.
  • Tackle shops and angling clubs are a good source of local knowledge and can often help you get the best out of your fishing. 

Canal season tickets

You’ll need a season ticket to fish the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. To get yours, simply join the SFCA (Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling).

Annual membership runs from 1 April to 31 March the following year and costs:

  • Adult annual membership – £8.00
  • OAP/Disabled annual membership – £5.00
  • Junior Annual membership* – FREE

*Junior membership is open to everyone aged 18 years or under on 1 April of the year you’re applying for.

Visit: Canal Season Tickets | Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling (sfca.co.uk)

Your local waterway office

Scottish Canals
Canal House
1 Applecross Street
G4 9SP
T: 0141 332 6936

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