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15th January 2018
2017 Fishing Season Summary
2017 season saw another very good head of fish in the rivers at Warden
with often near perfect conditions throughout much of the summer and
autumn months. The combination of Kielder releases, floods and
numerous small freshets during the season helped salmon and sea trout
migrate upstream with ease and with that catches were reasonably
consistent with frequent rises in river levels.
2017 catches were
181 salmon (2016 - 253) and 114 sea trout (2016 - 102). We recorded our
third best season to date for the number of salmon caught as we
surpassed the 5year average of 170.6 and set a new record for the
number of sea trout caught beating the previous record of 104 that was
set in 2012.
Salmon up to 25lb and sea trout up to 12lb were
caught and the average weight of salmon and sea trout caught at Warden
in 2017 increased respectively to 11¾lb (11½lb 2016) and 4lb9oz(4lb8oz
The salmon catch included good numbers of fish in the
range mid to high teens and low twenty pound. Some exceptional
specimen sea trout were landed including five double figure fish along
with many between 6lb and 9lb, caught on a regular basis.
fish counter at Riding Mill recorded 32,085 salmon and sea trout to the
end of October (32,661 in 2016) which compares favourably to the 5year
average of 32,239 for this period.
The highest ever counts for June
and July were recorded with 7,581 and 10,995 respectively, with 5year
averages for these months being 3659 and 7314.
Charity and Publicity
hosted a Charity day on 3rd October in aid of The North East Air
Ambulance which raised £500 and although those who took part didn’t
connect with any fish everyone who participated enjoyed the day and had
the opportunity to cover good numbers of fish.
who won the 2015 BBC World’s Wildest Waters Big Fish fishing
competition, is a Warden local and has been made an Angling Trust
Ambassador, and was filmed at Warden teaching Keeley Donovan (BBC) for
the Countryfile diaries in 2016. James is available to Guide and
Ghillie at Warden – contact Andrew Jackson.