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.
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.