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7 Aug

What constitutes a good, bad or average season?

When trying to decide whether you are having a good bad or indifferent season, it is quite natural to quiz other anglers to try and determine how they are doing in terms of the number of fish caught/ killed or returned. Sometimes if you are doing really badly you begin to question your own ability, the methods you use and of course your luck. You then question whether or not there are actually any fish in the river, and believe quite naturally, if you are doing badly, that there are not,  so what chance have you got?

Of course any self respecting game angler knows very well that to be successful you have to be in the right place at the right time, or at the very least, try and be in the right place at the right time. But it doesn’t always work!

Confidence can be further undermined when the Environment Agency release figures showing that in the previous month when you caught 1, over 3,000 fish went through the counter, another body blow! But that’s the nature of game fishing, it’s never easy.

So for purely guidance purposes and as a measure for both your own and the rivers performance you may find the following useful.

Migratory Average Fish Counts on the River Wear.

The table below shows the combined average monthly counts for salmon and sea trout at the Environment Agency fish pass counter at Framwellgate Weir and Freemans Reach in Durham, between 1994 and 2017. The table excludes years-

1994; 2004; 2005; 2006; due to incomplete information. The Freemans Reach counter became operational in February 2015.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apl

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

20

20

22

44

281

1,991

4,710

3,106

2,901

3,784

1,595

103

18,577

The spring (Jan – May) run total average is 387 fish.

The summer (Jun – Aug) run total average is 9,807 fish.

The autumn/winter (Sept – Dec) run total average is 8,383 fish.

The yearly average is 18,577 fish.

Migratory Average Fish Counts on the River Tyne.

The table below shows the combined average monthly counts for salmon and sea trout at the Environment Agency fish counter at Riding Mill between 1997 and 2017.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apl

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

21

10

46

170

653

2,663

5,567

5,213

6,834

8,220

2,463

217

32,077

The spring (Jan – May) run total average is 900 fish.

The summer (Jun – Aug) run total average is 13,443 fish.

The autumn/winter (Sept – Dec) run total average is 17,734 fish.

The yearly average is 32,077 fish.

These figures are not totally accurate due to technical problems associated with either the malfunction or maintenance of the respective counters at various times. They are however the only figures available and do give a general picture of the average stocks for both rivers over the last 20 plus years on a month by month basis. Figures that may change substantially should the North East Net Fishery be finally closed.

Source: Environment Agency Fish Counter Information.