Poachers on the Allander Water have been warned that if they are caught they could have all their fishing gear and vehicle confiscated.
This is the warning from bailiffs who patrol the river bank which runs through Milngavie, following a increase in cases of people fishing without permits.
Paul Reid, secretary of the River Kelvin Angling Association, which police the Allander, Kelvin and Luggie, said many people didn’t realise the bailiffs have powers to seize fishing gear and cars from people fishing without a valid permit.
He said: “We are still getting poaching. Basically anyone fishing without a permit is poaching and over the last couple of years it has been on the increase.”
Although the Allander is not as popular for fishing as the Kelvin, it is an important breeding ground for both salmon and brown trout. Although the trout stay in the river, the salmon attract a lot of attention.
Former chairman of the Association Euan Greer, said: “This time of year is usually the time poaching increases because the main spurts of salmon are coming up stream to breed.
“It is a huge breeding ground for salmon and brown trout fry and is in effect the nursery of the Kelvin so illegal fishing here will have a knock-on effect in other fishing areas.”