1. Fishing Seasons
Salmon – February 1st to October 15th.
See rules 2, 3 and 4 for full guidance on 2018 regulations for salmon angling on the River Ness.
Sea Trout – March 1st to October 15th. Brown Trout – March 15th to October 6th.
All sea trout and brown trout under 10 inches must be returned unharmed to the water.
For season 2018 the Scottish Government has introduced legislation which, for conservation purposes, makes it illegal for anglers to kill any salmon & grilse anywhere on the Ness System between 15th January and 30th June. During this (Category 3) period an angler caught in possession of a dead salmon or grilse faces prosecution which may result in a criminal conviction.
From 1st July to 15th October only one cock fish weighing 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches or less may be retained per angler per week with a maximum of two being retained per per angler per season.
All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches must be released. All coloured and unseasonable fish must also be released.
This new law does not apply when you catch trout or sea trout.
Every angler who catches a salmon or grilse must register their catch within 24 hours by sending a text to 07831745394 or by sending an email through the Club web page to:
http://www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk/report-catch with the following message – 001,1,12 where 001 is the anglers permit number, 1 is the number of fish caught and 12 is the weight of the fish to the nearest pound. Where more than one fish is caught the text would show 001,3,9,11,13 where 001 is the anglers permit number, 3 is number of fish caught and 9,11,13 are the weights of the fish in pounds.
4. Fishing Methods
Fly and spinning are allowed throughout the season.
As part of the Ness Conservation Policy, as agreed with the Scottish Government, worm fishing is only permitted between 1st July and 31st August.
Fishing from bridges, abutments or boats, and bait fishing with natural shrimp or prawn (and the possession, on the river bank, of these baits and associated tackle), are strictly prohibited.
The use of gaffs, tailers and knotted mesh landing nets is prohibited under Scottish law.
5. Order of Fishing
Anglers arriving at either side of a beat will begin fishing in order of arrival at a beat post and move down two yards at every cast until either terminating fishing or reaching the next beat post. When an angler has moved down 30 yards, the next angler will follow. On reaching the next beat post, an angler must cease fishing if other anglers are waiting to fish but may continue fishing if no one is waiting.
An angler at a beat post who is not ready to fish will lose his/her turn and take the next place.
A waiting angler will not commence fishing if an upstream angler is within 30 yards of the beat post but must wait until the other angler reaches the post and leaves the water.
After landing and releasing a salmon or grilse an angler must leave the water and take his/her place behind those waiting at a beat post. An angler who loses a fish may continue fishing.
5 Note for Visiting Anglers.
All visiting anglers must submit a return of their catches showing the number and weight of fish caught and released and caught and kept and whether they were salmon or sea trout. All returns should be made following the instructions shown in 3. returns above or by posting to Graham MacKenzie,President, Inverness Angling Club, 53 Ardness Place, Inverness. IV2 4QJ.
Inverness Angling Club welcomes visiting anglers to the Ness and wish to see them return. Although it is not a particularly difficult river to wade it is recommended that anglers always consider their own and other's safety by wearing a life preserver when fishing.
Date Conservation Policy Restrictions on baits and Lures River Moriston SAC (Grade 3 Conservation Status) 15th January to 15th October Mandatory catch and release of salmon will be in force across the River Moriston SAC throughout the 2018 salmon fishing season. Exploitation of the River Moriston stock has been deemed to be unsustainable and so mandatory catch and release has been implemented. Any salmon caught, including any dead or bleeding fish, must be returned to the water with the least possible harm. The River Ness Salmon Fishery District (Baits and Lures) Regulations 2007 prohibits the use of prawns and shrimp throughout the Ness district and worms for salmon and sea trout above Dochfour Weir (including the Moriston). Any spinning lure or plug should have only one hook no bigger than size 6. Preferably all hooks should be single, barbless or crimped. Ness District Excluding the River Moriston SAC 15th January to 30th June (Grade 3 Conservation Status) Mandatory catch and release of salmon will be in force across the Ness District from the 15th January to 30th June. Salmon destined for the River Moriston SAC will pass through, and be available for capture/killing in the wider district. Evidence suggests that the majority of fresh run Moriston fish will have entered the system by the 30th June. Salmon should not be retained anywhere in the ness district before 1st July to ensure protection of the Moriston stock. Anglers should not fish with worms anywhere in the district while mandatory catch and release is in force. A high proportion of fish caught using this method are deeply hooked, reducing their chances of survival. Any spinning lure or plug should have only one hook no bigger than size 6. Preferably all hooks should be single, barbless or crimped. 1st July to 15th October (Grade 2 Conservation Status) All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 8 pounds (69cm/27 inches) must be released. Furthermore: • Only one cock fish weighing 8 pounds (69cm/27 inches) or less may be retained per angler per week, with a maximum of two per season; and • All coloured and unseasonable fish must be released, providing protection for Moriston SAC fish throughout the season. • Guidance on the sex and condition of fish provided overleaf - IF IN DOUBT PLEASE RELEASE THE FISH. Anglers should not fish with worm anywhere in the district after the 31st August. A large proportion of fish captured after this date are ‘coloured'. Any spinning lure or plug should have only one hook no bigger than size 6. Preferably all hooks should be single, barbless or crimped.