The long period of unseasonal cold weather has finally changed for the better. The Tyne in March was cold and too high for salmon to access the fish counter at Riding Mill, there were few fish about and nothing upriver.
An increase in water temperature in April led to some upstream fish movement. The total count for the season to 17th April is 33 fish with 19 upstream counts on the 9th April.
The first confirmed spring salmon to be caught upstream of the counter was a 12lb fish which came from Dilston. The following day a 15lb springer was caught near Hexham.
Higher temperatures should see an increase in the numbers of migratory fish entering the river.