Our fishing rules

Anglers are asked to study and observe the club’s fishing rules - 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.

Conservation legislation makes it illegal to kill any salmon or grilse anywhere in the Ness System between January 15 and March 31. During this period, an angler caught in possession of a dead salmon or grilse faces prosecution which may result in a criminal conviction. All Ness beats have agreed to extend the catch and release period until 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 cock salmon or grilse being retained per angler per season. Please note that this rule applies to the entire Ness System. Anglers cannot take two fish from each beat or river in the system.

All hen salmon of any size and all cock salmon over 8 pounds/69cm/27 inches must be released. They are the future of our fishery. If unsure that the fish you have caught is male or female, please put it back. All coloured and unseasonable salmon and grilse must also be released. This rule does not apply to trout or sea trout. Anglers fishing on day tickets must return all salmon and grilse.

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 sending a text to any committee member giving permit number, number of fish caught with individual weights, pool, method, released or retained.



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