Catches pass 2017 total

Inverness Angling Club has surpassed its 2017 catch of salmon and grilse on the River Ness fishings with six weeks of the 2018 season to go. The achievement comes at a time when salmon rivers throughout Scotland are suffering very poor catches, partly as a result of low water conditions.

 Club president Graham MacKenzie said: “Up to August 31 members and visitors reported catches of 179 salmon and grilse, exceeding last year’s total of 168. August alone saw 153 caught. It’s been good to see so many happy faces on the river.  And it’s a credit to our anglers that most are choosing to release their catches. Only 28 of the 179 have been retained - a release rate of over 80 per cent.

“The level of the catch and the high release rate is crucial to the River Ness retaining its current Category 2 status in the conservation regulations set by the Scottish Government, in consultation with local interests. We managed to secure an agreement which allows our anglers to keep two cock fish of under eight pounds for the season. 

 “None of us would like to see the Ness plunged back into Category 3 which would mean mandatory catch and release - or worse. Some countries have closed their rivers to salmon angling because of diminished returns. I appeal to anglers to report all salmon or grilse caught, through the simple procedure outlined on permits. This will deliver the catch totals that will help maintain the river’s current conservation status.” 


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