Given more favourable conditions (weather) more salmon would have been landed, instead we lost just as many as we caught…… which is a very high loss rate for MSW Lochy springers. The prevailing weather in May made fishing difficult at times. We went from very cold temps early in the month to 29 deg C during the 3rd week. The winds typically blew from the north and east which gave us mainly dry conditions but river levels remained good for most of the month, which allowed fish to run on every tide.
Quite surprisingly our average size of May salmon was lower than expected. (around 13lbs) possibly because we had a higher than normal run of Roy salmon. These fish tend to be more streamlined and smaller than the typical Lochy salmon, which are big, short and heavy. Maybe June will see the arrival of these bigger specimens and hopefully our own fin-clipped hatchery reared fish.
Around 40,000 fin-clipped smolts were released this year on the main stem in addition to another 20,000 fry which were distributed in other designated areas. Our smolt program is now gathering momentum and by 2013 we will be doubling our output.
Read more about this West Coast Heaven here