Given the overall trend for decreasing catches in the Ness district, it is essential that the exploitation of all salmon is limited to protect the future of the fishery. Consequently, the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board’s Conservation Policy for the 2021 season is as follows.
From the start of the Season to 30th June, all salmon caught should be released as a ‘spring’ conservation measure.
Remember that The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Times and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 prohibits the retention of any rod caught salmon between 15th January and 31st March (inclusive), meaning that anglers must practice statutory catch and release during this period.
From 1st July to the end of the season, 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 (even if fishing multiple beats), with a maximum of two per season; and
All coloured and unseasonal fish must be released, providing protection for ‘spring’ salmon throughout the season.
It is hoped that these measures will allow us to protect and enhance the diversity of salmon populations in the Ness district, whilst permitting the sustainable exploitation of a limited number of fish and maximising the economic benefits of the fishery.
The full Salmon Conservation Policy’ can be found on the Board's website, this page
Individual owners will also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, what ghillies are provided (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.
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