Salmon in hot water
If salmon fishery boards are as conservation-minded as they would have us believe, why do they not close their rivers to angling when the water temperature reaches, say, 60 deg F? (Looking at Fishpal in early July I see the Tweed’s water temperature is 63 deg F). I believe the Hampshire Avon orders the cessation of fishing when the water temperature reaches a certain level but I know of no other river that does so. Playing a salmon in warm water, only to return it, will do the fish no good at all and there will doubtless be hundreds of casualties if this hot weather continues. Wildfowlers face a shooting ban when there has been a period of severely cold weather, so why not salmon fishermen during a period of hot weather? Riparian owners will no doubt be infuriated by my suggestion, preferring to pocket their tenants’ money, but if they are serious about conserving stocks something ought to be done. I would be interested to hear what other readers think. Hugh Wilson, North Yorkshire
Playing and returning a salmon in warm water will do the fish no good at all. How many survive?