Fishing the Lossie

Lossie Torwinnie FallsA salmon and sea trout net fishery existed within the Lossie District from 1850 to 2000. A net and coble sweep net fishery was operated at Lossiemouth and an intermittent fixed engine fishery operated on the coast.

Today the Lossie is fished by rod and line along most of the mainstem from the mouth up to Dallas. The Elgin Angling Association operates in the lower 28km of the river. Upstream from Elgin there are a number of estates who offer fishing access along with the Dallas Angling Association.

Within the Lossie catchment, the following loch-based fisheries offer trout fishing opportunities: Millbuies, Loch na Bo, Loch Romach and Glenlatterach. In addition, put and take fisheries are operated at Mill of Kellas and Wardend fisheries offering stocked rainbow trout and/or brown trout.

For Elgin & District Angling Association permits, please contact The Angling Centre, Moss Street, Elgin, 01343 547615.  Annual Membership: Adult £60, Senior/Concession £35, Junior  Free
Visitor Day permit £10, Visitor Weekly permit £40

For Dallas Angling Association Contact Ian Sutherland on 01343 890420 or Charlie Gerrie on 01343 890310. Visitor Permits: Day Ticket £5, Weekly Ticket £15

River Lossie Catch Returns 1952-2014 FNLFT Report April 2015

The Salmon Conservation Regulations which come into effect on 1 April 2016 will make it a criminal offence to kill any salmon on rivers designated a Grade 3 river.  The River Lossie has been given a Grade 3 designation and so all salmon must by law be released throughout the season.  This new legislation does not apply to sea trout.

Lossie Conservation Policy 2018

River Flow

The River Lossie has a catchment size of 216km, river flow is monitored by SEPA at their Sherrifmills gauging station in the lower Lossie. Water quality is also monitored by SEPA and in general water quality is good throughout the catchment. 



New Legislation and Conservation Limits

Following extensive consultation by Scottish Government the killing of Atlantic salmon in inland waters will be managed on an annual basis by categorising fishery districts by their conservation status.

The approach uses catch data to determine if the numbers of adult salmon returning to the river are sufficient to maintain adequate spawning and egg deposition and ultimately smolt output.
Catch data from five years is used and each river in Scotland is Graded 1 to 3. Grade 1 indicates the river has met its conservation limit while Grade 3 means it has fallen below the limit.
Rivers within Grade 3 require to move to 100% catch and release for salmon and grilse and all rivers must prepare a conservation Plan to safeguard salmon stocks in the future.

The Lossie is Grade 3.

The Salmon Conservation Regulations which come into effect on 1 April 2016 make it a criminal offence to kill any salmon within the Lossie district.
Further details can be found at:-

This new legislation does not apply to sea trout but given the poor returns of sea trout in recent years a stronger conservation policy is also required.
Salmon Conservation Policy

All Salmon and Grilse must be released back to the river.

Sea Trout Conservation Policy

• All fish under 1 lb/14 ins
• All sea trout over 3 lbs/20 ins
• All stale and gravid fish

• Sea Trout 75% ie, 1 sea trout in 4 may be retained

• Fly fishing is encouraged.
• Use pinched or barbless hooks. Avoid using triple hooks.
• Shrimp and prawning is banned.
• Bait fishing (worming) may be used with the AA or owner’s permission.

Season:  25th Feb – 31st Oct  However, many of the fishing estates and Angling Associations vary the season length within this. Elgin and District Angling Association (EDAA) delays the opening on their fishing until the 1st April for salmon and sea trout and closes the season for sea trout on the 30th September. They close the salmon season on the 31st October