River Severn 2021

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Good luck for the following season lads and lasses. Lost one fish last year so another Severn Blank in 2020.

Semi retiring come June - so hopefully will get a bit more time trying :)
 

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Good luck for the following season lads and lasses. Lost one fish last year so another Severn Blank in 2020.

Semi retiring come June - so hopefully will get a bit more time trying :)
What's the Severn like at the Worcester race course area.Cheers
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You are between Diglis weir (1/2 mile below) and Bevere weir (1 mile or so above) so the river is broad and steady with no obvious pools and runs. On this lower part of the river salmon fishing is mainly at the weirs with Holt and Lincomb weirs not many miles above Bevere.

There is some lower water salmon fly fishing available on some of the fords higher up from Stourport and above and Tom Rigby (severnfisher on this forum) is the man to talk to.

Also knowing your fondness to using the shrimp on the Usk, you can (still) use shrimps for salmon on the Severn from 16th June to end of season, but floats are not allowed for salmon anywhere on the Severn – EA bylaw.
 

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You are between Diglis weir (1/2 mile below) and Bevere weir (1 mile or so above) so the river is broad and steady with no obvious pools and runs. On this lower part of the river salmon fishing is mainly at the weirs with Holt and Lincomb weirs not many miles above Bevere.

There is some lower water salmon fly fishing available on some of the fords higher up from Stourport and above and Tom Rigby (severnfisher on this forum) is the man to talk to.

Also knowing your fondness to using the shrimp on the Usk, you can (still) use shrimps for salmon on the Severn from 16th June to end of season, but floats are not allowed for salmon anywhere on the Severn – EA bylaw.
My daughters house to be, backs onto the Severn Free lined prawn or touch ledger it is then.
Pity about no float ?
Spinning an option to ?
Some nice slow glides by her house to.
Chub and barbless to I hope.

Cheers Richard

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Tried google but not a definite angling club by the race course area.
Any help appreciated .

Sewinfly...............
 

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I've been giving the middle, Severn around Ironbridge/Cressage area, a good try over the last few weeks. There is some lovely fly fishing to be had at the current levels and conditions, but sadly, zero salmon caught or even seen.

I was kind of hoping that there might be a few more early season fish showing with the new fish passes being completed, but maybe it needs more time to change or maybe, like the Wye, the fish just aren't there now. Perhaps a flush of water (when ever that may be) and the next big May tides will bring in some numbers, as it traditionally used to.

Still, ever the optimist, it won't stop me trying or enjoying this mad quest.

(y)
 

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Will be by the Worcester race course area soon, was wondering was is it worth a go.
I can see that its a slow part but was only going to get a couple of hours in.

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I have been fishing some of the PAAS water - nothing to report I am afraid
Really tough on the Severn and the Wye at the moment, low water and lack of fish.
Need to get some rain, falling river mid April till June is the best chance of a fish.

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Just seen a dead salmon floating out of the Vyrnwy confluence and under Melverly bridge. Could be down to high water temperatures.

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Just seen a dead salmon floating out of the Vyrnwy confluence and under Melverly bridge. Could be down to high water temperatures.

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Very sad, reports of dead fish in the wye too.
I do hope Anglers haven't been fishing last week.
When the water gets so low and the temperatures get so high, Salmon fishing should be stopped until conditions improve.

Steve
 

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Was hoping to have a fish with the whiskers, but not now.

Confirmation of Severn Estuary and River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws 2021 and Environment Agency (Limitation Of Severn Estuary Lave Net Fishing Licences In England) Order 2021​

As someone who has expressed an interest in the salmon protection measures for the River Severn we are informing you about necessary restrictions on salmon and sea trout fishing in the River Severn and its estuary from September 2021.

Following the consultation on the proposed River Severn byelaws and net limitation order which took place in March and April 2021, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed the Severn Estuary and River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws 2021 and Environment Agency (Limitation Of Severn Estuary Lave Net Fishing Licences In England) Order 2021 (NLO). These byelaws are coming into force with immediate effect in order to protect salmon stocks for the remainder of the current rod season, which lasts until 7 October.

The 2020 salmon stock assessment shows stock levels for the River Severn catchment, continue to be significantly below conservation limits with the salmon stock is now assessed as “At Risk”. These declines in numbers means that every fish returned safely could contribute to improving the spawning population.

Reducing the taking of salmon by rods and nets is only one part of the Environment Agency’s larger programme to protect salmon stocks. Actions taken by the Environment Agency and its partners that contribute to protecting salmon stocks include removing barriers, improving water quality and agricultural practices, and addressing unsustainable water abstractions. Actions against these measures will be assessed annually in a Severn Salmon Action plan.

We believe that these regulations are proportionate and necessary to significantly reduce the number of salmon killed via rod or net fisheries and is only one element of fisheries management work designed to support salmon stock recovery.

These regulations are to protect stocks and we urge all to play part in the recovery of those stocks for the future.
Summary of byelaws and NLO for the Severn Estuary, River Severn and its tributaries:-

  • Shall expire 10 years after the date on which they first come into force
  • Require the release of all salmon and sea trout taken by means of lave net within the River Severn estuary
  • Prohibit any person catching salmon and sea trout by draft net within the River Severn estuary
  • Prohibit any person catching salmon and sea trout by putcher within the River Severn estuary
  • Prohibit any person from retaining a live or dead salmon that has been taken by rod and line
  • Require any salmon that has been taken by rod and line to be returned immediately to the river at the point of capture with least possible injury
  • Prohibit specified methods for fishing for salmon and sea trout by rod and line within the Severn Estuary as follows:
    • No fishing for salmon and sea trout unless using an artificial lure fitted with a single barbless or de-barbed hook with a gape no greater than 13mm.
    • No fishing for salmon and sea trout with rod line by means of any bait (worms, prawns and shrimp).
    • No fishing with artificial fly unless furnished with a single barbless or de-barbed hook with a maximum gape of 13mm OR a single barbless or de-barbed treble or double hook with the maximum hook gape of any treble or double hook(s) being no greater than 7 millimetres.
  • The Net Limitation Order and Byelaws are separate pieces of legislation. The Net Limitation Order simply defines how many lave net licences will be made available for the net fisheries, while the byelaws define the conditions around the use of those licences. A maximum of twenty two (22) lave net licences will be issued in any year for the next 10 years unless revoked earlier.
Information and details of the byelaws are available at https://consult.environment-agency....river-severn-net-limitation-order-and-byelaws
You can contact us on 03708 506 506 if you have any questions.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in protecting salmon stocks on the Severn.
Yours sincerely

Kay Champion
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Environment Agency West Midlands Area
 

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Was hoping to have a fish with the whiskers, but not now.

Confirmation of Severn Estuary and River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws 2021 and Environment Agency (Limitation Of Severn Estuary Lave Net Fishing Licences In England) Order 2021​

As someone who has expressed an interest in the salmon protection measures for the River Severn we are informing you about necessary restrictions on salmon and sea trout fishing in the River Severn and its estuary from September 2021.

Following the consultation on the proposed River Severn byelaws and net limitation order which took place in March and April 2021, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed the Severn Estuary and River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Byelaws 2021 and Environment Agency (Limitation Of Severn Estuary Lave Net Fishing Licences In England) Order 2021 (NLO). These byelaws are coming into force with immediate effect in order to protect salmon stocks for the remainder of the current rod season, which lasts until 7 October.

The 2020 salmon stock assessment shows stock levels for the River Severn catchment, continue to be significantly below conservation limits with the salmon stock is now assessed as “At Risk”. These declines in numbers means that every fish returned safely could contribute to improving the spawning population.

Reducing the taking of salmon by rods and nets is only one part of the Environment Agency’s larger programme to protect salmon stocks. Actions taken by the Environment Agency and its partners that contribute to protecting salmon stocks include removing barriers, improving water quality and agricultural practices, and addressing unsustainable water abstractions. Actions against these measures will be assessed annually in a Severn Salmon Action plan.

We believe that these regulations are proportionate and necessary to significantly reduce the number of salmon killed via rod or net fisheries and is only one element of fisheries management work designed to support salmon stock recovery.

These regulations are to protect stocks and we urge all to play part in the recovery of those stocks for the future.
Summary of byelaws and NLO for the Severn Estuary, River Severn and its tributaries:-

  • Shall expire 10 years after the date on which they first come into force
  • Require the release of all salmon and sea trout taken by means of lave net within the River Severn estuary
  • Prohibit any person catching salmon and sea trout by draft net within the River Severn estuary
  • Prohibit any person catching salmon and sea trout by putcher within the River Severn estuary
  • Prohibit any person from retaining a live or dead salmon that has been taken by rod and line
  • Require any salmon that has been taken by rod and line to be returned immediately to the river at the point of capture with least possible injury
  • Prohibit specified methods for fishing for salmon and sea trout by rod and line within the Severn Estuary as follows:
    • No fishing for salmon and sea trout unless using an artificial lure fitted with a single barbless or de-barbed hook with a gape no greater than 13mm.
    • No fishing for salmon and sea trout with rod line by means of any bait (worms, prawns and shrimp).
    • No fishing with artificial fly unless furnished with a single barbless or de-barbed hook with a maximum gape of 13mm OR a single barbless or de-barbed treble or double hook with the maximum hook gape of any treble or double hook(s) being no greater than 7 millimetres.
  • The Net Limitation Order and Byelaws are separate pieces of legislation. The Net Limitation Order simply defines how many lave net licences will be made available for the net fisheries, while the byelaws define the conditions around the use of those licences. A maximum of twenty two (22) lave net licences will be issued in any year for the next 10 years unless revoked earlier.
Information and details of the byelaws are available at https://consult.environment-agency....river-severn-net-limitation-order-and-byelaws
You can contact us on 03708 506 506 if you have any questions.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in protecting salmon stocks on the Severn.
Yours sincerely

Kay Champion
Environment Manager
Environment Agency West Midlands Area
thanks for posting
 

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Dear Mr John

Thank you for your email on Wednesday 15 September. I have spoken to the byelaws team and will be in touch early next week with an answer for you.

Best wishes

Lara



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Environment Agency | Riversmeet House, Newtown Industrial Estate, Northway Lane, Tewkesbury GL20 8JG



From: spencer john
Sent: 15 September 2021 05:16
To: SevernSalmon <SevernSalmon@environment-agency.gov.uk>
Subject: Re: Environment Agency River Severn Salmon and Sea Trout Protection Measures 2021

That's amazing, you pay for a licence and before the salmon season ends you implement rules with immediate effect.

I should imagine there will be a refund as from the time this takes effect to the end of the season.

Why not wait until the season is finished for this year,does not make any sense at all.

No wonder the EA and NRW have very little backing from the anglers of this country and with no confidence at all, no matter what rules they bring in.

You need to address the larger problems with salmonoids, the angler is the last person in the chain to enjoy himself.

Spencer John
 

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Par for the Course, these days, I'm afraid.
Do nothing about the real issues then bring in more restrictions on Anglers!
 

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My reply from the EA.

Dear Mr John

Thank you for your email.

The byelaws were introduced with immediate effect due to the current state of salmon stocks and the need for urgent action.

Current catch returns for the Severn and those of neighbouring river catchments suggest that the returning stock for this year is likely to be well below average. Additionally those salmon stocks that have entered have endured a difficult summer of high water temperatures and low flows which may have increased residual mortality. The most recent assessment of the River Severn salmon stocks indicates that this stock is ‘At Risk’ of failing to achieve management objectives (in 2020), and predicted to be ‘Probably at Risk’ in five years’ time (in 2025). It is looking very likely that this “At Risk” status will remain without direct and robust action.

We feel it imperative to protect and safeguard as many fish as possible so close to the spawning season and we are seeking anglers support. Even relatively small numbers of fish could be crucial in order to aid recovery of stocks. There would be accumulated benefits over time. It is therefore essential that spawning stocks are maximized if populations are to have the best chance of recovery.

As set out under Section 25 of the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act (1975), a rod licence is simply an authorisation to fish, using rod and line, and does not provide rights other than that. This is the primary legislation governing rod licensing and has not changed. As such we are not in a position to refund licence fees paid.

We have acknowledged that fishing is not the main cause for the decline in salmon stocks. However, managing and regulating exploitation must form part of the solution to ensure that numbers of salmon remain at levels that will allow populations to recover. We are developing a Severn Salmon Action plan will include an annual assessment of progress against wider measures to protect salmon stocks include removing barriers, improving water quality and agricultural practices, and addressing unsustainable water abstractions.

The Environment Agency continues to tackle issues of water quality through robust regulation – including enforcing Defra’s Farming Rules For Water. Tackling agricultural pollution is an absolute priority for us and we are working with farmers and other partners to help them improve land management, adopt best farming practices and to ensure the impact of agricultural activities on the environment are minimised.

Every salmon returned to the river is vital to ensuring the spawning population can recover and we are grateful for anglers and netsmen contributing to efforts to safeguard salmon.



Kind regards



Lara



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Hi John,
I am Glyn Marshall the coordinator for the Severn Fisheries Group and chairman of Worcester Angling Society. You probably have heard about the amount of work the SFG have done over the last 8 months trying to respond to the misinformation that the EA have used during the consultation for the byelaw. I wrote to the two ministers this week to inform them that they had been mislead by the EA and we have evidence to prove it. Unfortunately the response you got from Lara was the usual stock answer. Salmon anglers know that very few salmon are needed to restock a river as long as the conditions are right at the spawning grounds. I have been doing a lot of phosphate testing on the Severn and Teme and the results are shocking. The EA and Defra will do nothing about the water quality as the consequences are huge. They would rather target the 300 salmon anglers as it’s easy. I am floating an idea of setting up a specialist migratory group for salmon angling on the Severn on the back of the work the SFG has been doing.
I would love comments from any river Severn salmon anglers. If as anglers we do not do something then salmon angling not only on the Severn but in England will be totally compromised.
Glyn
 
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