Salmon/Sea Trout Report 2015

Fish Movement Summary 2015 – Andy Croft

The number of salmon counted during 2015 shows a slight improvement against the number recorded in 2014 which was the lowest count since the counter became operational in 1992. The salmon count to the end of November 2015 is 3474 compared to 3469 ‘til the end of December in 2014. Unfortunately, the counter has been out of operation since the flood that occurred during the 5th and 6th December 2015, as during the flood the Logie fish counter had been submerged underwater.

A similar run pattern has been observed compared to that of recent years in that the grilse component of the stock during the later months was extremely poor. It has been encouraging to hear that there were a number of multi sea winter salmon caught on the Lune between Halton and Kirkby Lonsdale during the month of May.

Halton Hydro scheme became operational in 2015 and we are still awaiting their counter figures to add to the current data, and we expect there will be several hundred salmon recorded here, to be added to the total quoted below.

Salmon Count 2011-2015

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec All
2011 381 109 31 29 150 522 527 1027 1596 1138 606 202 6318
2012 16 22 32 7 175 469 762 814 704 723 427 118 4269
2013 45 49 5 30 101 304 1185 834 783 811 245 122 4514
2014 31 13 8 8 47 248 678 836 144 1210 172 74 3469
2015 33 11 11 20 154 457 1077 465 172 705 369 3474

 

Sea trout numbers remain relatively good and increasing over recent years. The count to the end of November is 10005. This number will further increase when the count from Halton Hydro scheme is added. The large December flood, will no doubt, have had a major impact on sea trout that would have already spawned, due to gravel movement and redd washout.

Sea Trout Count 2011-2015

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec All
2011 56 18 42 60 429 3267 792 177 127 191 69 14 5242
2012 7 80 37 37 924 3671 1225 272 115 138 46 7 6559
2013 6 22 10 30 145 2844 3522 181 111 197 34 33 7135
2014 3 5 46 82 353 3732 4746 1961 98 307 73 15 11421
2015 11 22 59 71 243 4037 4496 413 196 331 126 10005

 

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