Spring Salmon form separate and distinct stocks on Tweed. It is imperative to ensure adequate reproduction so that the stocks can sustain themselves. The recent evidence is that, even with the River’s previous Spring Conservation Measures, barely enough Spring Salmon get through to fully stock their spawning grounds; in some years there may have been insufficient numbers. To allow the Spring fish to achieve their best spawning potential it is necessary that all caught fish be returned, unharmed, to the water. Evidence from previous tagging shows that only a very small proportion of released fish are caught a second time.
Total Catch-and-Release in the Spring applies to the whole of the Tweed River system for the 2016 to 2020 seasons inclusive.
The Spring season is defined as 1st February to 30th June inclusive.
SPRING SALMON & SEA-TROUT - LAW:
It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout - dead or alive - from 1st February to 31st March each year.
SPRING SALMON - TWEED RULES:
These Rules apply to all Salmon and Grilse (not Sea-trout) for the period 1st April to 30th June each year on the whole of the Tweed catchment.
* Anglers must return to the water ALL Salmon and Grilse caught up to the end of June, unharmed.
* Every effort must be taken by the angler and boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught.
SALMON CAUGHT AFTER 30TH JUNE:
* Salmon caught after 30th June should be returned if they are not fresh (i.e. not silver) and therefore likely to be Spring stock.
The full Tweed Spring Salmon Code can be viewed here.