The Cromarty Fisheries Junior Angling Club, will hold its first fly tying class on Saturday 2nd December 11am – 12.30. It will be held at the Contin hatchery. This is in the Forestry Commission area just North of Contin off the A835. The Hatchery is the first building you see on your right hand side. For further information Contact either Simon/Lynn 07887845648/07428189161
On Saturday 25th November between 10 am and 12 mid day the Loch na Croic fish trap will be open to the general public. Come along and see wild Atlantic salmon close up and learn about the life cycle and conservation of this amazing iconic species.
Fishery Management Scotland Briefing on 2017 grilse run
Fishery Management Scotland has produced a briefing on the 2017 grilse run. (see link below)
We have seen a similar pattern in the Cromarty Firth region developing for a number of years. This has been most clearly seen at Loch na Croic where the whole run of the Upper Blackwater is trapped and examined. The larger late running grilse which used to produce the majority of eggs for the Conon hatchery operation has declined significantly and has to some extent been replaced by an increase in the number of multi-sea winter salmon.
Last Saturday the Cromarty Fisheries Junior Angling Club had its third meet.
The Fishery Board Staff with the help of Callum from Alness Angling Club and Derek from Loch Achonachie Angling Club gave guidance and advice to the Junior Anglers.
On a wet Thursday evening at Tarvie Fishing Lochs, twenty two Junior Anglers came along to The Cromarty Fisheries Junior Angling Club.
Nine new members joined and were introduced to different angling techniques under the guidance of the Fishery Board Staff.
Some parents stayed with their children and had a go at fishing or passed on their angling skills !
Again this was another successful event with eight fish being caught in total.
The next Junior Angling Club meet will be Saturday 23rd September at Tarvie Fishing Lochs 2-4pm. The senior Junior Anglers will have extra tuition on Fly Fishing techniques if they so wish.
The annual open day on Dunglass Island was held last Saturday 1st September. Here Fishery Board staff demonstrate how they monitor fish stocks within the Cromarty catchment by the use of electro fishing. Once caught the fish were anaesthetised and spectators were then shown the different features between salmon and trout. Other fish identified were eels, stickle back, flounder and minnows.
Children had a go at kick sampling and were taught how to identify river invertebrates and learnt of their importance with in the river ecosystem
On Saturday 1st September the Cromarty Fisheries Junior Angling Club had its first meet at Tarvie Lochs.
Twenty eight Junior Anglers attended the 2 hour session.
Under the guidance of the Fishery Board Bailiffs, the Junior Anglers had taster sessions of bait, spinning and fly fishing.
The children had a great time learning new skills and even caught some fish !
With funding from SSE Fairburn Wind farm fund this day was made possible and a further three sessions are booked. See events for more details.
The first Cromarty Fisheries Junior Angling Club meet will be this Saturday 2nd September.
Yesterday the Fishery Trust attended Dingwall Academy Sports Fair and promoted the Junior Angling Club.
The response from Academy pupils was very positive.
The fishery protection work of the Fishery Board bailiffs continues throughout the summer and autumn months. Regular patrols of riverbanks and coast take place at all hours of the day and night. This summer there has been excellent cooperation from Police Scotland both in helping with bailiff training and in joining bailiffs on patrol. This close working with our local Wildlife Crime Officer has not only helped the bailiffs but increased Police awareness of fishery protection issues.