River Don Monthly Report October 22

Angling The last month of the salmon angling season started well; decent catches were reported throughout the river with plenty of fish evident in the pools. Most of the fish landed continued to be coloured grilse from 3-7lbs with the odd double figured fish appearing.  Unfortunately, despite an increase in water levels the final few weeks were a struggle for …

River Don Monthly Report September 22

September 2022 Angling Much improved landings of salmon and grilse were reported from many beats over the month, assisted by a series of lifts in water levels the dormant fish which had been held up in the lower pools for the past few months pushed upstream and provided some much-needed sport to anglers from Parkhill upriver to Kildrummy. Those landed …

River Don Report February 22

River Don Monthly Report February 2022 Angling The salmon angling season got underway on the 11th of February. River levels were on the low side for the time of year and a cold frosty morning welcomed the first anglers onto the water. By lunch time a decent turnout of rods was seen across various beats from Alford downstream to Grandhome, …

River Don Report May 22

River Don Monthly Report May 2022 Angling Encouraged by steady water levels over the first half of the month the first of this season’s grilse ran into the system, these new arrivals pushed quickly upstream into the middle reaches and provided welcome sport to anglers. Those landed weighed 3-4lbs with the majority still carrying lice. Landings of sea trout remain …

River Don Report April 22

River Don Monthly Report April 2022 Angling Due to a combination of melting snow and rainfall the whole river system received a welcome rise in water during the first week of the month. This spate helped entice fish lying in the bay to run the river and increased angling effort was observed over the beats as a result. Fish took …

River Don Report March 22

River Don Monthly Report March 2022 Angling Salmon anglers had to contend with a range of weather extremes throughout the month of March. Air temperatures rose to 18oC one week only to drop the following to -1 oC. Daily gusting winds did little to entice fly fishing anglers out onto the riverbank and rod effort remained low across most beats. …

River Don Report January 22

River Don Monthly Report January 2022 Policing Fisheries Officers maintained regular foot and vehicle patrols across the catchment checking for any signs of illegal activity. Spring fish have started to appear on the lower reaches, and a few were reported running the weirs as the month ended. Foot patrols have increased over the lower reaches to cover the main holding …

River Don Report October

River Don Monthly Report October 2021 Angling The last month of the season saw a significant increase in angling activity throughout the river. On the whole weather conditions remained unseasonably mild but thankfully for angler’s much wetter than the previous month. River levels maintained a decent height for angling, this helped keep fish on the move upstream providing rods on …

River Don September report

River Don Monthly Report September 2021 Angling Unfortunately for salmon anglers’ landings remained low throughout the month. River levels fell away over the weeks and a rise was badly required for those fishing on the middle and upper reaches. Beats on the lower river from Kintore downstream picked away on the odd day but by the end of the month …

WILLOW PROJECTS 2021

This year we undertook two willow restoration projects the River Don catchment one at Alford and the other at Bandley both on the mainstem of the River Don. Once again we would like to thank Leys Estate who have supplied surplus willow to the DonDSFB for these projects without which we couldn’t complete these projects. The following article highlights the …