Anglers are asked to closely read and observe the club’s fishing rules as set out in all permits, or associated inserts. Fishing seasons are February 1 to October 15 for salmon, March 15 to October 6 for brown trout and March 1 to October 15 for sea trout. All sea trout or finnock under 10 inches must be returned unharmed to the water.
For season 2018 the Scottish Government is continuing legislation which, for conservation purposes, makes it illegal for anglers to kill any salmon and grilse anywhere on the Ness System between January 15 and June 30. From July 1 to October 15 only one cock fish weighing 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches or less may be retained per angler per week, with a maximum of two being retained per angler per season wherever anglers fish on the Ness System. After taking two fish from one beat you cannot, for example, take another two fish from another part of the Ness System. All hen fish of any size and all cock fish over 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches must be released. All coloured and unseasonable fish must also be released.
During the Category 3 period, January 15 to June 30, an angler caught in possession of a dead salmon or grilse faces prosecution which may result in a criminal conviction. This law does not apply to trout or sea trout.
Every angler who catches a salmon or grilse must register their catch within 24 hours via the club web page at: http://www.invernessanglingclub.co.uk/report-catch or by text to 07831 745394 with the following message – 001,1,12 where 001 is the anglers permit number, 1 is the number of fish caught and 12 is the weight of the fish to the nearest pound. Where more than one fish is caught the text would show 001,3,9,11,13, where 001 is the angler’s permit number, 3 is number of fish caught and 9,11,13 are the weights of the fish in pounds.
At the end of the season all permit holders are required to submit an annual return of their catches, including nil returns, on the card attached to the permit. These annual returns - which are in addition to the 24-hour return - must be received no later than October 23. Failure to comply will incur an additional charge, currently £20, when renewing permits in the subsequent year.