The hunt is on for the first Cree salmon of the year as it is hoped a new trophy will encourage local and visiting anglers onto the river.
The River Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust (RCHHT) announced on the opening day of the salmon season on the Cree this week, that it will be awarding a trophy to the angler who catches the first Cree salmon of the year.
The fish will have to be returned safely to the water, be photographed, and there will have to be at least one witness to its capture.
Alan Howatson, the Chairman of RCHHT said: “We are pleased to be sponsoring the award of the RCHHT Trophy for this and future years.
“There has been some bad news for salmon anglers in recent weeks, with the imposition of compulsory catch and release for the coming season. However, we should not lose sight of some positive developments.
“In the last five years RCHHT has stocked an average of some 150,000 salmon fry a year into the burns of the catchment, more than has ever previously been achieved.
“Last season’s rod catch was approximately double that of the 2014 season – we would like to think that this is a return on all the hard work put in by our volunteers and Murdo Crosbie, our Hatchery Co-ordinator.
“I hope that the award of the RCHHT Trophy will encourage local and visiting anglers alike to fish the Cree and I look forward to awarding the trophy to the successful angler. Tight lines for 2016!”