Where are the salmon in Pitlochry?

Where are the salmon in Pitlochry?

Pitlochry is famous for its hydro-electric dam and salmon ladder. The ladder was specially constructed to enable salmon to by-pass the dam and make their way upstream to Loch Faskally above. The ladder is 310 metres long and consists of 34 chambers, linked together by tunnels that the salmon can swim through.

What month do salmon spawn in Scotland?

Spawning usually occurs from November to December, but may extend from October to late February in some areas, particularly larger rivers. About 90 to 95% of all Atlantic salmon die after spawning has taken place. Those that survive may spawn again. Female fish lay their eggs in gravel depressions known as ‘redds’.

Are the salmon running in Scotland?

Scotland is famed for its salmon rivers – providing anglers with one of purest and most exciting forms of the sport. As a general rule, the salmon fishing season in Scotland runs from early February until late October, with a few exceptions (the River Tay season runs from January 15 until October 15).

Who built Pitlochry Dam?

Designed and built by Glenfield and Kennedy of Kilmarnock, these were the first of their type installed in Britain. Refurbished in 1998, each gate is 27.5m (90 feet) in length and weighs 157 tonnes. Similar gates were installed at the Clunie Dam to the northwest.

When can you see salmon leap in Scotland?

Autumn is salmon leaping season in Scotland and the month of October is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of the slivers of silver splashing above the water as they head upstream.

What salmon are spawning right now?

Type of Salmon

Salmon Species Spawning Season
Chum November-December
Pink July-October
Sockeye July-November
Atlantic October-December

What time of year do salmon leap in Scotland?

You might catch sight of fry and parr all year round, but late summer and autumn is the best time to see leaping adult salmon. Early morning or evening are the best times, especially after heavy rain.

What time of year do salmon swim upstream?

Early morning and evenings during October and November are best, and a period of rain after a dry spell will provide the perfect conditions for the salmon to leap. Look for stretches with small waterfalls, find a good vantage point by the river and take care on wet slippery banks!

Where is Loch faskally?

Loch Faskally (Scottish Gaelic: Loch Faschoille) is a man-made reservoir in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) northwest of Pitlochry….

Loch Faskally
Loch Faskally
Location Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Coordinates 56°42′25″N 3°45′35″WCoordinates: 56°42′25″N 3°45′35″W
Type reservoir

Where can I see salmon in Pitlochry?

The fish ladder in Pitlochry, showing several of the intermediate pools which the salmon use for travelling upstream. The River Tummel can be seen flowing next to it.

How long is the Salmon Ladder at Pitlochry?

The ladder as it is known is 310 metres in length and has 34 pools, 3 of which are resting pools. There are two viewing windows, side by side looking into 2 pools; these enable visitors to observe the salmon using the ladder. Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week April to October.

When is the best time to fish at Pitlochry Dam?

Demand to fish for salmon at Pitlochry Dam is high during April and May.   Portnacraig bank (right bank looking downstream) tends to fish best in higher flows and the Pitlochry bank (left bank) tends to suit lower water. Permit holders can commence fishing at dawn but must not fish after 17:00pm.

When does salmon fishing start and end in Scotland?

The season runs from January 15 to October 15 and the double bank fishing on Portnacraig Pitlochry offers some of the most productive spring salmon fishing available on the River Tay system. Fresh fish arrive from January onwards and good sport can be expected from March to mid-June with spring runs best during April and May.