The river level in the Avon has dropped over the last few days and we have had to lift the drum to avoid contact with the hard and stony riverbed. However it is still fishing okay and we are starting to pick up a few fish. We had two salmon yesterday, a presmolt and a smaller parr which will not smolt this year. Today there were two presmolts – a salmon and a trout. The catch should increase as the spring progresses and the temperature rises.
A trout of 138mm. The scales were starting to silver up so we classed it as a presmolt. It may have been migrating slowly downstream or it may have been a fish resident within the vicinity of the trap that ventured too close. There are many important trout spawning burns in the Avon catchment so we expect a reasonable proportion of the smolts to be trout.
Steve removing fish and other debris from the trap. At this time of year the trap often catches a lot of tree origin debris e.g. alder catkins and later on bud scales.