Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 restrictions the 2020 Tweed salmon rod catch of 9,614 was the highest since 2013 (14,853) and a significant increase on the 2018 and 2019 catches (5,644 and 6,382 respectively). The total salmon catch was 10,352 with 738 caught by the nets. The release rate of rod caught salmon during the 2020 season was 89%, the highest release rate on record. The notable increase in the importance of the summer months continued during 2020 with 49% of the catch being taken in June, July and August.
The River Tweed July Salmon Rod Catch – 1980 to 2020
The Sea-trout rod catch of 1,880 was down on 2019 (2,176) but well up on 2018 (817). It was the 9th best recorded total since 1970 though the reduced fishing effort in May will have had an effect on the total. 492 Sea-trout were caught in the nets.
Clerk to the River Tweed Commission Jamie Stewart noted that “Tweed enjoyed a sustained run of summer salmon and sea trout which restored the morale of those fishers who were fortunate enough to access the river whilst travel / accommodation restrictions were in force. The total rod catch of 9,614 represented a 67% increase on the previous year with the months of June, July, August and September being particularly productive. Whilst the increase in summer catches is encouraging, concerns remain about the vulnerability of the Spring run. The RTC continues to press the Scottish Government for further protection for Spring Salmon”.
The full RTC 2020 Annual Report, including further statistics, will be available following its AGM on 1st March.