Fishing the Ness System

The Ness system has long been famed for the size and quality of the salmon it produces and in particular the length of its fishing season. Salmon fresh from the sea can be caught from opening day (15th January) to closing day (October 15th). Indeed, it is likely that as with other major east coast rivers such as the Tay and Tweed, salmon enter from the sea throughout the year.

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Jordan Grant With his March 2018 Spring salmon.

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Many of the Ness catchments salmon beats are included on this site so you can read about each one, see its current fishing availability and book fishing permits online or by telephone.

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In particular you have free, unlimited access to:
River Levels - updated daily

Salmon catches - Updated daily the fisheries notify our database via SMS, web or automated phone system.

Online booking - with immediate issuing of permits

Call centre - back up for manual bookings or advice

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Willy Broadly 10lb Dochfour March 2018.

In the early months of the year typically see most angling effort expended in the upper parts of the catchment with the River Garry, River Oich, Loch Oich and Moriston as well as Loch Ness itself being the favoured locations. The latter never freezes over and thus always offers the opportunity to catch fish even in the very cold conditions that often occur in January and February. Salmon captured at this time of year have a high average weight and are highly prized by anglers.

Some salmon are caught on the River Ness in the early months of the year, the majority of which are believed to be heading to the upper tributaries. However, from early summer onwards the beats on the River Ness become increasingly prolific with a mixture of grilse and salmon featuring in the catches. Sea-liced salmon can be captured on the River Ness up until the last day of the season.

The Inverness Salmon Festival held yearly can be found here