The River Tweed Commission (RTC) published its 2019 Annual Report this morning at its AGM in Kelso.
The RTC’s figures for last season showed a modest improvement on 2018, when exceedingly dry conditions for many months depressed catches. 6,814 salmon were caught overall, with 6,382 caught by rod and line. 86% of the rod catch was returned to the water.
The overall sea-trout catch was more than double that of the 2018 figure at 2,668 (1,158 in 2018), with anglers catching significantly more fish (2,176; just 817 in 2018. Catches of sea-trout by rod and line during the summer months increased more than four-fold, at 1,572. Only 373 fish were caught by the rods during those months in the previous season with near drought conditions prevalent for many months.
The full Annual Report, including comment on all 2019’s catches, Spring Conservation, Fishery Officers’ work, Governance, the RTC’s 2019 accounts and further statistical analysis is available here.