Fishing Regulations

Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Their are three main sets of rules to be aware of as follows

River Regulations

These apply to the whole river and all its tributaries as follows:

SALMON UP TO 30TH JUNE
• All salmon and grilse to be returned i.e. 100% Catch and Release.

SALMON AFTER 30TH JUNE
• All fish over 30" / 75cm long (about 10lbs) to be released.
• A maximum of one fish (i.e. salmon/grilse under 30"/75cm about 10lbs) per angler per week may be killed.
• Up to a maximum of 6 fish (salmon/grilse under 30"/75cm about 10lbs) may be killed per angler per season in the Cromarty Firth rivers.

SEA TROUT
• A maximum of one sea trout over 1.5lbs per angler per week may be killed but it would be preferable to kill only smaller fish.

GENERAL
• All coloured fish must be released
• Use barbless hooks
• Do not use treble hooks
• The board is concerned that fish caught by worming may be more difficult to release unharmed. Where worming is permitted only circle hooks may be used
• An angler's first ever fish may be retained if desired
• When releasing fish, try to keep the fish in the water at all times and use knotless mesh landing nets.


FIN CLIPPED FISH
If an angler catches a fish that has had the adipose fin removed, please retain it and inform Simon McKelvey (07887 845648). These fish will have been PIT tagged and the information contained in these tags is important to the operation of our stocking programme. The fish simply needs to be scanned to retrieve the tag number. The angler keeps the fish, will be given a £5 reward and, in due course, the life history of the fish.




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Fishery conditions

Individual owners may also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, provision of ghillies (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.

FishPal Booking Conditions

This site uses the FishPal booking engine, so if you use our online booking system, or our call centre on 01573 470612, you need to agree to FishPal's booking conditions.

You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.