BEAULY DISTRICT FISHERY BOARD SALMON & SEA TROUT CONSERVATION POLICY 2017 Category 2 Status.
The Beauly District Fishery Board has a statutory duty to to act for the protection and improvement of the fisheries and for the increase of salmon and sea trout within its District. With declining rates of marine survival, the conservation of stocks should be of prime importance to all anglers. This Conservation Policy represents a minimum requirement all anglers should adhere to.
11TH FEBRUARY TO 31ST MARCH - STATUTORY REQUIREMENT
Under The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Time and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014, it is an offence to retain any salmon caught before 1 April. By law, all fish must be released. Every effort should be made to ensure no harm is caused to fish prior to release.
1ST APRIL – 30th JUNE
100% catch & release
To protect vulnerable spring salmon stocks, it is the Board's recommended policy that all salmon be released
1ST JULY – 15TH OCTOBER
Release all hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 7lbs (66cm/26 inches)
Retain only one cock fish under 7lbs per angler per week with a maximum of three per season
All coloured and unseasonable fish should be released. Please see illustrative guide overleaf.
Release all nnock of 1 pound (35cm/14 inches) or less
Release all sea trout of 3 pounds (50cm/20 inches) or above
Retain only two fish per angler per week with a maximum of six per season
All coloured and unseasonable fish should be released (smolts, kelts, over-wintered nnock)
Fishing should be by Fly only.
To facilitate the release of fish barbless or crimped hooks should be used. Treble hooks should not be
Under the provisions of The Conservation of Salmon (Prohibition of Sale) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 the sale of rod caught salmon or sea trout is illegal.
When releasing fish, try to keep them in water at all times and under no circumstances should fish be lifted clear of the water by their tails.
Guidance on catch & release best practice can be found on the Board's website this page
The use of ‘knotless' mesh landing nets is a legal requirement and will help prevent the fish from being damaged.