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(Last updated: Wednesday 16th August)
A change in the weather in the last couple of weeks has seen a little more water in the river. This has woken the fish up a little, with a few more seen jumping. A total of 49 salmon were landed in Week 24, the best week so far. Last week (25) was a bit quieter with low water returning, however more rain is forecast. Sea trout catches are also good (18 in week 25) and providing additional sport.
The last three weeks on the Upper Beauly have proved productive, with a good show of grilse. A total of 9 were caught in week 24 and a further 4 in week 25.
Fish Count Data up to 9th July 2017 are given below.
Dam 2017 5 year average
Kilmorack 962 781
Aigas no data available 0
Lower Beauly - 2017
Once again an encouraging April / May has been followed by a disappointing start to the summer, as water levels dropped right off. The ghillies report seeing plenty fish, but they kept their heads down for much of June and July. The hydro reservoirs at the head of the system have been very low all year, with SSE citing a very dry winter / spring. Certainly the days of spring snow melt seem a thing of the past. A prolonged wet period is required to fill the system back up.
Recent reports of pink salmon spawning in the Ness are a concern. All anglers should keep an eye out for these fish and know how to identify them (particularly hens). If caught, please kill the fish and hand over to the Ness & Beauly Fisheries Trust for analysis.
Upper Beauly - 2017
The Upper Beauly has got off to a strong start this year. we are seeing more fish in the system and some good catches so far; hopefully things will continue to improve as we move through the season.