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used to produce the majority of eggs for the Conon hatchery operation has declined significantly and has to some extent been replaced by an increase in the number of multi-sea winter salmon.
170925 – FMS – briefing on grilse
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.
Junior Anglers with their catch of the day !
Junior Anglers under watchful eye of Edward Head Bailif
Eager to learn how to Fly Fish
Evie taking to Fly Fishing very well
A bit of Father Daughter and Son bonding going on
Mum keeping a watchful eye and giving some tips
Rikki teaching Bait Fishing
Julie and Ellie
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.
Electro fishing event on the river Conon.Electro fishing and kick sampling Event
Pink salmon update
There have now been two pink salmon captures reported in the Cromarty Firth region, one from the Conon and one from the Alness.
Fishery Management Scotland have produced an update regarding pink salmon in Scotland 170814 – INNS – FMS Statement – Pink salmon 3
Please retain any pink salmon captured and report the capture to Fishery Board staff
Scotland’s Salmon Festival will be held in Inverness starting on the 29th of August. Follow the link below for details
salmon festival postcard