continued decline. Reports from many rivers indicate that runs of salmon
and sea trout are reduced this year. Combined with the recent long spell
of dry weather, this makes it more important than ever that anglers release
as many fish as possible after capture so that they can go on to spawn.
High water temperatures can place greater stress on rod caught fish and so
you might also consider whether to continue fishing when the water
temperature exceeds 21 degC. On the Hampshire River Avon, for example,
some fisheries cease fishing if the water temperature at 9 a.m. reaches
The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales are continuing to
monitor the situation and working with our partners to address the other
problems affecting salmon and sea trout stocks. We will tell you more about
this work in another e-newsletter later this summer.
Remember to send in your catch return at the end of the season. This is very
important to us in monitoring and managing fish stocks. You can also
now do this online.
This message is supported by the Angling Trust, the Atlantic Salmon Trust,
the Institute of Fisheries Management, The Rivers Trust and the Salmon & Trout Association.