Salmon Broodstock Collection - Featherstone Nov 1st 2016

The Environment Agency visited Featherstone water on Nov 1st for their annual collection of broodstock salmon.

It was a bright sunny morning with around 25 interested onlookers turning out to watch the salmon and sea trout being netted. The pool in front of the castle was swept four times catching around 100 fish. Sea trout were measured, scale samples taken and tagged before being released back into the water. The EA team were delighted with the high number, condition and quality of the sea trout caught. One of the team said, "the fish are the best I have ever seen in all the years I have  attended the collection. I am happy man." Some of the fish were in excess of 12lbs.

The salmon were also in good clean condition (generally free of disease) although anglers would say most were coloured and would most probably have been returned to the water when caught. A total of 36 hen and 32 cock fish were then taken to the Kielder hatchery where they will be stripped and eventually returned to the river. Three weeks ago the EA restocked the river in much the same place as where they were taken from last year. I am sure you will all agree this is wonderful news.

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