2015: A Season to Remember?

13 Apr

If as a game angler you found the last two seasons difficult and failed to catch what you hoped for, have a look at the following Environment Agency statistics for 2015. The average increase in net catches compared to the decrease in rod catches stands out. Of course the weather had apart to play as most rivers were affected by a lack of water at some time. The success of the nets however is a real cause for concern. Catches like this are not sustainable over the long term.

Comparison between number of Salmon and Sea Trout caught by Nets and Rods, 2014/2015, in the North East Fisheries Area.

  • Nets: Salmon.
2015 2014 5 year avg 2014/2015 Avg  +/-
15,863 10,800 15,783 + 47% 0%
  • Rods: Salmon 
2,934 4,269 6,705 -31% -56%
  • Nets: Sea Trout 
2015 2014 5 year avg 2014/2015 Avg  +/-
60,696 46,116 38,489 + 32% +58%
  • Rods: Sea Trout 
2,477 3,524 4,365 -30% -43%
  • 61 net licences produced income of £55,318.
  • 5,875 game licences produced income of £169,000.

 Totals for England and Wales 2014/2015; Caught/Retained/Released. 

Nets Salmon Sea trout Rods Salmon Sea Trout
Caught 17,132 64,468 Caught 10,261 27,851
Retained 16,926 64,448 Retained 2,150 6,384
Released 206 (1%) 20(0%) Released 8,111(79%) 21,503(77%)

The number of rod licences issued nationally in 2015 fell by 11%.

 Source: Environment Agency: Salmonid and Freshwater Fisheries Statistics for England and Wales 2015.