Given an overall trend for decreasing catches in the Ness district, it is essential that the exploitation of salmon is limited to protect the long-term future of the fishery. Consequently, the Ness District Salmon Fishery Board’s Salmon Conservation Policy for the 2019 season will contain the following key elements:
Catch and release of all salmon caught before the 1st July as a ‘spring’ conservation measure;
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 to protect summer and autumn multi-sea-winter salmon;
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;
All coloured and unseasonal fish must be released, providing protection for ‘spring’ salmon throughout the season; and
Anglers should not fish with worm anywhere in the district before the 1st of July or after the 31st August as fish captured using this method are more likely to be deeply hooked (reducing their chances of survival on release).
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 ‘2019 Salmon Conservation Policy’ can be found on the boards website, this page