The River Ness salmon fishing season runs from February 1 to October 15. The best months are usually from June to September with spring fish most likely from February to May. Fresh, sea-liced salmon are often seen and caught on the very last day of the season.
Anglers who regularly fish IAC’s water have their favourite spots but all pools and streams will produce fish at the height of the season, from the Red Braes downstream to the Castle and Legion Pools. The most popular spring pools are the Weir, fished from the right bank, and Mill Stream, fished from both banks. These pools will also fish well throughout the summer and autumn, along with the MacIntyre, General’s Well and Little Isle. The Silver Wells, Leaven Trees and Castle Pools are also worth a cast. In the autumn, the Red Braes can be particularly productive.
Access to all pools is easily gained from either side of the river. From the left (west) bank, car parks are available at the Little Isle (upstream from the Cathedral and Infirmary pedestrian bridge), opposite the Ness Islands bridge (General’s Well and Provan’s Pools) and at the Whin Park play area (MacIntyre, Mill Stream and Red Braes). From the right (east) bank, along Island Bank Road (signposted Dores from the city centre) car parking is available at Bellfield Park, allowing anglers access to the Little Isle at the tail of the Ness Islands. Further upstream anglers can park at Holm Mills (drive down between the Mill buildings to the anglers’ hut) for the MacIntryre, Mill Stream, Weir and Red Braes.
Anglers' huts are located at the Little Isle on the left bank and the Mill Stream on the right bank. Visitors are welcome for a chat and to swap angling stories while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.