2018 Season Opening Week

The KOSAA season got off to a successful start last Friday with 3 salmon caught and released on the opening day. A good turn out of members fished the early tide and the first fish of the new season, estimated at around 14 lb, was caught by Stephen Airey from the Gangway and then, at the very end of the tide, John McRorie caught a further 2 fish of around 12 lb in the Honeypot. A number of anglers reported losing fish throughout the day.
On Saturday a fish of around 8 lb was caught and released in the Gangway.
Visitors are very welcome to fish the KOSAA waters and tickets are available from Ardgay Stores, FishPal and Kenny Campbell, our river watcher, at the old ice house adjacent to the bridge.

Invercharron Beats 2018

The Invercharron beats on the Kyle have now been secured by KoSAA for up to the next 5 years.

This means that the fishing available to members and visitors this season remains the same as last season and is shown on the Maps page.

Membership renewals and applications should be sent to Julia (Mimi) Campbell at 2 Meikle, Lairg Road, Bonar Bridge, IV24 3AW.

KoSAA AGM 2018

The AGM will be held in Edderton Community Hall on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at 7:30pm. The guest speaker will be Scott MacKenzie who will give a talk on new materials available for rod manufacturing, matching lines to rods, and casting techniques.

Pacific Pink Salmon Advice Note

There have been several reports of non native Pink Salmon being caught in Scottish rivers including the Oykel. If you catch one of these fish please follow the advice below issued by Fisheries Management Scotland. You do not need to use a tag on a killed Pink Salmon.


Pacific pink salmon, when fresh from the sea, are steel blue to blue-green on their backs, silver on the flanks and white on their bellies. There are large black spots on the backs, upper flanks, adipose fins and tail – some of the spots on the tail can be as large as the fish’s eyes. They are very uniform in size, reaching only 40 to 60cms in length.

Breeding males are immediately identifiable because of their humps and they will almost certainly be running milt at this time of year. Their black tongues and heavily spotted tails are also very obvious. Females will show heavily spotted tails and be pinkish-brown on the flanks.

What should you do if you capture a Pacific salmon?

As above, Pacific pink salmon are usually clearly identifiable from their Atlantic counterparts – particularly when mature and in spawning condition. If you are confident that you have captured a pacific pink salmon, it should be humanely despatched and retained. It would be helpful if captures are reported to the relevant district salmon fishery board and fishery trust. If it is practical to do so, please pass the fish to the relevant personnel at the DSFB or trust for further inspection and analysis.

The full Fisheries Management Scotland advice note can be read here.

New KoSAA Loch Boat

The KoSAA was delighted to receive funding from the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) project team at Loch Buidhe Substation which has enabled us to purchase a Highlander Club 15 fishing boat to replace the old leaking boat on Loch Cracail Mor.

The new boat has already been used by members and we are very grateful to SSEN for this generous sponsorship.

SSEN Project Manager, Russell Stewart, said:

We are delighted to be able to support the Kyle of Sutherland Angling Association by providing a new boat and hope that this will help retain the tourism and visitors who come to Loch Cracail Mor, located to the south west of Loch Buidhe substation, to go loch fishing.

As a responsible developer, we try to work actively with local communities to show care for the environment where we are working and to minimise disruption and support long term economic benefits.


KoSAA Committee members at the official hand over of the new boat

Salmon Conservation Status 2017

Members and visitors are reminded that below the road bridge at Bonar Bridge is designated as Category 3 for 2017 and all salmon caught must be released.

The Kyle above the road bridge remains as Category 1 and the current KoSAA rules and tagging policy apply.

Armadale Tracking Project Needs Your Help

Armadale Tracking Project

Tags Wanted – Reward

Marine Scotland is tracking salmon from July 2017 and would like your help.

If you catch a salmon with a tag (as shown in the attached photograph) near the dorsal fin, then please remove it by cutting through the plastic cord to remove the acoustic tag (black cylinder). Please note that the colour of the cord may vary from yellow.

Please send the acoustic tag, also with a note of day and location of capture, to:

Armadale Tracking,
Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory,
PH16 5LB

Please enclose your name, postal and email (if applicable) address and we will send you £20 in reward.

If you have any other information about the fish (eg a photo, length, sex) then please include it when you send in the tag. However, please do not delay the safe return of the fish to the water to obtain any such information.

More fish caught today

The good start to the KoSAA  season continued today with a further 8 fish caught including three to Don MacKay.
Visitor tickets are available from Ardgay Stores and Highland Cafe and FishPal.