Avon Fishing Association Conservation Measures

Conservation Policy for salmon, sea trout and brown trout

Your attention is drawn to the Environment Agency’s national salmon byelaws that become law and come into force on 1 January 2019. As part of new byelaws there is a voluntary catch and release expectation for salmon caught on the Avon (Devon) to ensure catch and release levels greater than 90%.

In order to sustain stocks of brown trout and sea trout the committee urges visiting anglers and members to return 90% of the sea trout and 90% of the brown trout caught by them on AFA waters.

The committee hopes that these measures will go some way towards reversing the  decline in salmon and sea trout catches in recent years.

The Environment Agency leaflet "Sea Trout Protection and Preservation" is available here ...

There have been good catches of brown trout in recent years. Since 2008 members have returned 99% of the brown trout caught each year on Association waters.

The committee recommend the following techniques to ensure that salmon, sea trout and brown trout  have the best chance of surviving:

  • use de-barbed or barbless hooks
  • wet your hands before handling fish
  • use tackle that is strong enough to bring fish to hand quickly to avoid overtiring them
  • do not remove the fish from the water
  • hold the fish facing the current, support it from beneath until it recovers

Salmon and Sea Trout Weights in Pounds and Lengths in Inches

The following table gives approximate weights for Salmon and Sea Trout with lengths in inches, weight in pounds. Weights are reckoned to be within + or - 5% of the actual figure. John Roberts used NASCO data and 2.5 cm to 1 inch for the sake of simplicity and ease of calculation. Tight lines.

Please use this table to complete your online Catch Return

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Length inches

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

Sea Trout or Salmon in pounds

1.4

1.7

2.0

2.4

2.8

3.3

3.8

4.4

5.3

6.0

6.7

7.5

8.3

9.2

10.2

11.3

12.4

13.5

14.8

16.1

17.5

19.0

20.5

22.3

24.0


Environment Agency South West Region: Rod and line fishing rules

Environment Agency South West Region Rod and line fishing rules