Proposed river gradings for the 2022 season

An assessment of the conservation status of salmon in inland waters in Scotland is carried out each year and each river or assessment group is assigned a grading depending on the outcome of that assessment.

The proposed grading for our LLAIA system (River Leven, Endrick, Fruin, Loch Lomond and Clyde Estuary) for 2022 season is Category 2 which is unchanged from 2021. It should be noted that this is a ‘proposed’ grading which will now be subject to a 28 day consultation period before being put before the Scottish Government for ratification.

The following comment relating to this year’s grading has been extracted from the Scot Gov website –  “As in previous years, we propose that River Leven (Dunbartonshire), assessed at grade 1, should be awarded grade 2 status to reflect the lower grading of a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) in the catchment – Endrick Water

Full details of the 2022 Grading announcement across all Scottish systems including a video explaining the assessement process can be found at

In order to ensure the best possible data based decisions concerning our system’s accurate future grading then we would remind the all anglers and members of the importance and requirement to complete an accurate and timely annual catch return at the end of the season.

Many thanks