Fishing on the River Almond

The River Almond flows for 50km from the Cant Hills near Kirk of Shotts to where it enters the Firth of Forth at Crammond. Running through so many towns and villages, the Almond provides an ideal opportunity for angling in Central Scotland.

West Lothian Angling Association

West Lothian Angling Association (WLAA) is responsible for all fishing on the 8 miles of River Almond from Kirkton Weir downstream to Clifton Hall School (M8 motorway), including Almondell & Calderwood Country Park.  The fishing maintained by WLAA between these points is known as 'the waters' and includes any accessible fishing from either bank of the River Almond.  A permit is required and the river regularly patrolled.

WLAA aims to provide, promote and protect angling opportunities in West Lothian and offer seasonal opportunities for fly, bait and spinning.  Brown trout and salmon are seen rising frequently on the River Almond and often caught on a catch and release basis accordance with the Anglers Code.

WLAA run open days for both members and the public and work with community groups such as Artlink and Age Scotland to introduce angling to a wider audience. They also work closely with partners including West Lothian Council (WLC), Forth Fisheries (District Salmon Boardand RAFTS (Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotlandto improve fish stocks, river habitats and water quality.


Annual permits and full details of code of conduct are available through West Lothian Angling Association. Day tickets can also be arranged and children fish for free with adult members.