River Findhorn

Findhorn Drynachan

Drynachan Cawdor Estate

The River Findhorn District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) is a statutory body with responsibility for protecting and enhancing stocks of salmon and sea trout on the Findhorn and its tributaries.

The Findhorn DSFB carries out this remit through several activities:

  • monitoring catchment developments
  • preventing poaching
  • monitoring stock levels
  • issuing a Conservation Code
  • habitat work

Findhorn-MapThe Findhorn DSFB is responsible for the entire River Findhorn catchment. The Findhorn Fishery District includes the River Findhorn and its tributaries plus 35 km of coastline in the Moray Firth, from Burghead to the east of the Findhorn estuary to The Bar in the west. The District extends 3 nautical miles out to sea. The Muckle, Mosset, Kinloss and Burgie Burns are also included within the District. The river arises in the Monaliadth Mountains. The catchment area is over 1,300km2 and the stream network length is about 1,500km, of which the main river comprises 90km.

The fishing season runs from 11th February until 30th September. (Dates may vary on different beats. Please check with your proprietor.)

Salmon and Sea Trout Catch Data

Catch data is submitted by each fishing proprietor to Scottish Government each year to compile official catch statistics. Catch data for the Findhorn can be downloaded below – 

Findhorn Rod and Line Catch 1952 to 2017

Findhorn Catch & Release Data 2000 to 2017

Findhorn River Levels

You can monitor river levels via the SEPA gauging stations at Forres and Shenachie.

Forres gauging station

Shenachie gauging station

Location of the Shenachie gauging station

SEPA  have provided web access to many electronic gauges on the rivers of Scotland and their website can be accessed here