I thought I’d take a look to see what specific mention of occupations connected with Salmon might appear in the censuses:
George Macleod, 35, Salmon Fisher, Grimersta, b. Uig
Murdo Mackay, 35, Salmon T Boiler(?), Sandwick, b. Uig
George Macleod, 45, Ground Officer/Salmon Fisher, Sandwick Beach, b. Assynt, Sutherland
Angus Macdonald, 35, Salmon Fisherman, Dun Carloway, b. Uig
George Macleod, 52, Salmon Fisher, Sandwick Beach, b. Assynt, Sutherland
John Macleod, 25, Salmon Fisher Clerk, Sandwick Beach, b. Uig
John Macleod, 40, Watcher of Game and Salmon, Arnish Point(?), b. Uig
James Young, 35, Salmon Fisher, Sandwick Road, Sandwick Lodge, b. Creich, Sutherland
(Neil Macneil, Salmon Fisher, Salmon House, Drainie, Moray, b. Lochs)
James Young, 44, Salmon Fisher, Sandwick Cottage, b. Creich, Sutherland
1891 – None Listed
James Young, 65, Salmon Fisher, Sandwick Cottage, b. Creich, Sutherland
(John Kerr, 32, Salmon Fisher, The Chanonry Point (Salmon fishing Station)(2), b. Tarbert, Harris)
Whilst some of these records clearly relate to protecting the landowner’s Salmon (and Game!) it is not clear if the all other Salmon Fishers were engaged in commercial activity or, perhaps, as guides?
I have included the two ‘strays’ in Moray mainly because they are from the Isles and engaged in salmon fishing, but also because John Kerr, who was born in Direcleit, is a relative.