Lower Castle Catch Returns

Lower Castle catch returns prior to 2013 mainly comprised the catches of the previous owner whilst on his holiday trips. Other than that Lower Castle was very lightly fished.

Lower Castle Fishery 5 & 10 yr Catch Returns

Below are the recorded catch returns for Lower Castle for the past 10 years. When reading these statistcs please be aware that the fishery has been very lightly fished during this period. In particular there has been virtually no fishing taking place prior to July, and yet the beat immediately downstream produces a good number of spring salmon each year.

Salmon & Grilse Catch Returns

Month 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 10yr Ave 5yr Ave 2014 Rod Days
Feb 0 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0 2
Apr 1 1 0.2 0 0 0
May 1 1 1 1 0.4 0.4 1 1
Jun 1 1 1 3 4 1 0.8 1 2
Jul 4 3 4 6 1 1 4 2.3 2.4 0 0
Aug 1 5 4 4 3 1 3 5 2.6 1.8 0 10
Sep 1 3 13 2 2 5 3 3 1 3.3 2.8 2 6
Oct 12 21 10 25 10 16 8 9 12 13 13.6 11.6 0 0
Total 20 31 19 42 23 25 15 13 22 24 23.4 19.8 4 21

Sea Trout Catch Returns

There are some excellent Sea Trout pools at Castle, but in the past very few anglers have targeted these stunning fish, with most being caught by accident by Salmon anglers, and hence the very patchy nature of the catch returns.

Month 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 10yr Ave 5yr Ave 2014 Rod Days
Feb 0 0 0 0
Mar 0 0 0 0
Apr 0 0 0 0
May 0 0 0 0
Jun 1 1 2 0.4 0.4 3 5
Jul 3 19 1 2 14 1 3 4.3 3.6 4 2.5
Aug 1 6 11 3 1 2 3 1 3 5 3.6 2.8 19 9
Sep 2 1 3 3 7 1.6 2.6 18 7.5
Oct 7 1 3 1.1 0.8 0 0
Total 5 25 20 7 2 17 6 4 4 20 11 10.2 44 24

Brown Trout Catch Returns

Prior to 2013 brown trout have not been recorded in the returns. From 2013 onwards anglers are asked to record brownies exceeding 1lb in weight.

Month 2013 2014 Rod Days
Feb N/A N/A N/A
Mar 3 0 0
Apr 0 3 2
May 0 1 2
Jun 2 0 0
Jul 0 2 1
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 1 0 0
Oct 0 0 0
Total 6 6 5