Avon smolt trap update 8th May

Back to normal catches today with about 750 salmon. The Avon was up this morning at 32cm on the gauge but I note from the SEPA website that it didn’t really rise until 4/5am; maybe it is too early to conclude that the smolt run has peaked? There was also a bit of peat stain in the water this morning, a situation that had worsened by the evening.

We have caught over 13000 salmon in the trap so far, the vast majority smolts or presmolts. Talking about presmolts there were quite a lot of yellow fin salmon smolts today, some of these still had the rounder body shape of parr rather than the leaner and pointier look of a smolt.

A small presmolt with yellow fins. This one was quite lean looking. Are these Livet fish? I read recently that someone had referred to Livet fish as "Livet darts", the inference being that they were generally smaller and leaner than the Avon fish; an adoption to the rougher nature of the Livet. It wouldn't surprise me if the Livet smolts were also quite distinct in appearance

A small presmolt with yellow fins. This one was quite lean looking. Are these tributary fish? I read recently that someone had referred to Livet fish as “Livet darts”, the inference being that they were generally smaller and leaner than the Avon fish; an adoption to the rougher nature of the Livet. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Livet smolts were also quite distinct in appearance

Daily salmon catch in the Avon traps

Daily salmon catch in the Avon traps

Looks like Steve and Polly have seen enough smolts for one year!

Looks like Steve and Polly have seen enough smolts for one year!

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