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(Last updated: Wednesday 28th March)
On the River North Esk, the season started on 16th February without much fanfare in raw conditions. The fish were slow to arrive, however both Pert and Kinnaber fishings reported 5 salmon each, with Canterland chipping in with another salmon. Fishing conditions in March have been challenging, with the river rising and falling frequently due to rain and snow melt, and few settled conditions for catching fish. Catches have been steady, with Canterland reporting 11 for the month so far, 5 caught this week with the largest at 24lbs. Pert have reported 9 salmon for the month, Stracthro have 8, and Gallery have 2. There are reports of a fish caught on the Balmakewan Beat which measured 51.5", around 48lbs, although unfortunately we hear no photograph was taken. The river is at a good height now, and expected to remain relatively settled for the coming week.
The River South Esk opened with a small ceremony on Finavon Castle Water. As with the North Esk, fishing conditions were difficult through March, with swiftly rising and falling waters, however the river got off the mark this week, with an 18lb salmon caught on Monday on Inshewan Beat, and an 8lb springer caught by Richard Davidson on Finavon Castle Water the same day.
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Beat catches reported
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