Kemnay Angling Club conditions

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Fishery conditions

2014 Salmon & Sea Trout
Conservation Policy

With a view to conserving and
protecting the stocks of
salmon and sea trout in the
River Don and its tributaries,
the District Salmon Fishery
Board has developed the
following Angling Code which
is an integral part of its
overall Conservation Policy.

All salmon caught before 1st
June to be returned
Maximum of 1 fish per week
throughout the river catchment
Maximum of 4 fish per season
throughout the river catchment

Recommended that all fish over
32 inches (12lbs), whether
coloured or not, are returned.

Sea Trout
All sea trout and finnock to
be returned

Anglers should be encouraged
to fish with a fly throughout
the river catchment.

General regulations
Barbless (pinched) hooks
should be used before 1st June
then recommended as standard
All coloured fish to be
returned carefully to the water
All foul hooked fish to be
Only knotless landing nets to
be used - no gaffs or tailers
Fish returned to the water
should be handled carefully
with wetted hands and held
facing upstream until
sufficiently recovered to swim
free All floy tagged fish to
be returned and details of
information on the tag sent to
the Board (01224 790005 or
07836 645510)
No rod caught fish to be sold
by Law

Baits and lures
No multiple hooks (e.g.
Rapala) - maximum one treble
(barbless) on the lure
No shrimp/prawn - prohibited
by law
No form of live or dead bait
(including worm) to be used
No spinning upstream of the
Bridge of Alford
No upstream spinning anywhere
No spinning in designated fly
only water
No ledgering or bubble/bob
floats to be used

Disease Precautions
To help prevent an outbreak of
Gyrodactylus Salaris which has
had catastrophic effects on
some foreign rivers, all
visiting anglers who have been
using their fishing tackle
abroad must make sure they
have sterilised all their
equipment including waders,
landing nets and tackle


River Don Brown Trout
Conservation Policy 2014

The River Don is renowned for
its brown trout populations
with arguably some of the best
wild trout fishing in Scotland
and the UK as a whole. The
brown trout populations are
being studied by the River Don
Trust and from early work it
appears that many of the
tributaries of the Don are
well populated with juveniles.
Much less is known about the
current status of older/mature
trout in the main stem which
are the target of anglers.
Scale reading from rod caught
fish has revealed the age
structure of the fish, with
first spawning generally in
the 3rd or 4th year of life
(1.5-2.5lb). It is of course
hoped that the excellent trout
fishing will long continue,
however with increased
population growth on Donside
together with changes in main
stem river habitat, we must do
all that we can to preserve
and nurture our precious stock
of wild brown trout. Ideally,
a total catch and release
policy is the answer, already
employed in many rivers around
the world. If however you do