River Alness Conservation Policy

Below is the Cromarty Firth Fisheries Board's Conservation Policy. This is the recommendation from the Fishery Board; actual implementation and regulations vary on the Alness between different proprietors.

Salmon are classified as an endangered species throughout Europe.  Spring fish are sufficiently scarce for it to be foolish to kill any. The long term trend for the number of grilse returning from sea appears to be declining and so the numbers killed should be minimized. Sea trout over 1½ lbs are particularly valuable so should be released.



The River Alness has been designated Category 3 for 2018, meaning all salmon fishing for this season will be catch & release only.

Salmon up to 30th June

  • All salmon to be returned i.e. 100% Catch and Release.

Salmon after 30th June

  • All salmon to be returned i.e. 100% Catch and Release.

Sea Trout

  • A maximum of one sea trout over 1½ lbs per angler per week may be killed but it would be preferable to kill only smaller fish.


  • All coloured fish should be released
  • All foul hooked fish must be released by law
  • The sale of rod caught fish is forbidden by law
  • Please do not use treble hooks
  • Please use barbless hooks
  • 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 the fishery board. The fish will have been micro tagged. In order to retrieve the tag, the head of the fish must be retained. The angler keeps the fish, receives a £5 reward, and in due course, the life history of the fish.

Gyrodactylus salaris
Proprietors or their appointed nominees are being urged to ensure that anglers fishing their waters have completed and signed a declaration regarding sterilizing fishing equipment.

Equipment can be sterilized as per the guidelines described on the Gs page in this section.

Download Cromarty Firth Fisheries Conservation Policy

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