The River Tweed Commission’s official catch figures for the 2019 season can now be revealed.
The total Salmon catch last season was 6,814 compared to 6,129 in 2018. 6,382 salmon were caught by rod and line (5,644 in 2018) and 336 (485 in 2018) by net. The rods returned 86% of their catch to the river. Continued high water during June, July and August resulted in a summer catch of 2,542 salmon whilst last season, during a prolonged dry spell which stretched from April to September, rods caught 1,677 in those same three months.
The 2019 sea-trout catch was also higher at 2,668 (1,158 in 2018), with the rods catching a significantly higher number of fish: 2.176 (817 in 2018). The net catch was higher too at 492 (341 in 2018). Catches of sea-trout by rods in the summer season (June to August) increased more than four-fold, with 1,572 caught (373 in the near drought conditions in 2018), the effect of which might, in part, have been due to the final closure of the North East Drift Net Fishery in January 2019.
The RTC’s Chairman, Hugh Younger, noted that “Whilst salmon and sea-trout catches in 2019 were a distinct improvement on the depressed catches of 2018, the apparent emergent trend of a larger run of both salmon and sea-trout in the summer months has not counter balanced the absence of an autumn run. That said, the Tweed remains the most productive salmon river in the UK.”
The full RTC 2019 Annual Report, including further statistics, will be available following its AGM on 2nd March 2020.