Summary from Ida-Maria
They say that time flies when you are having fun, I can thus deduce that May must have been a lot of fun as it has already flown past! We are already at the start of June and alike May its beginning has been greeted by tropical weather. Half of the year has almost already passed and with it, soon half of the fishing season. Below, in no particular order, I have covered some statistics regarding May’s catches and also the shape of things to come.
May delivered a total of 37 fish, of these 29 were salmon. In comparison, May 2017 delivered 30 fish, 9 being salmon. The first newly risen salmon was landed by Taku Shirakawa on May 2nd. The fish was caught on Pool 1 and weighed in at 11,48kg. Martin Bach was the angler responsible for the largest salmon, a 14,2kg beast, caught by spin on Pool 2. The “May Salmon”, the largest fly caught salmon, was a male fish weighing in at 13,3kg and taken by Morten Jensen in Pool 1 on the 15th. To round May off nicely, Zivan Dobrilovic caught a 7kg salmon at 23:45 on the 31st. Again Pool 1 provided the catch.
We will continue our important efforts in regard to biological recovery, this year Vittskövle being the section of river prioritized. The work is planned for week 31 and week 33. We would kindly ask that you have some patience and understanding for any disturbances caused by the machinery that will be in use through this period.
This year we will be inviting some school classes to work for a day, helping the final efforts and we will also be providing information as to what has been carried out and what the implications will be for the environment and future fishing. We will provide information regarding the date for this as the time approaches. Anyone wishing to participate please feel free to get in touch and we will gladly explain, show and guide you through the concept.
Despite people becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues littering is sadly on the increase! Mörrums Kronolaxfiske spends 100’s of thousands of Swedish kronor on litter removal and recycling every season. We empty 28 litter collection points, driving 110km in the process every week. Many people visit the river and its vicinity. Be it anglers, hikers, caravan and mobile home owners or campers who utilize our litter collection points, we would like to encourage everyone to be part of taking a joint responsibility.
Take a moment to collect what you brought with you, and please don’t leave cigarette and cigar butts or snus!
There is a lot of speculation as regards the development of the river and its vicinity. This is healthy and encouraging but there is a down side in that quite often it is only speculation and not always the facts of the matter. We will strive to provide more information thus hopefully reducing the amount of erroneous speculation.
Many of you have already spoken to me directly, providing your opinions, both positive and negative. I enjoy these discussions and value them, very highly, please continue to feel free to get in touch with me over these matters!
One major recurring question regards trees, should they be allowed to remain once fallen or should they be removed? Who decides? What is the decision process? Our point of view at Kronolaxfiske is that dead wood is a finite resource and has a positive effect upon the waterway. We will not just automatically remove a fallen tree, although we are not totally against the action of doing so if we judge it to be warranted. Each case is weighed up on its individual merits and legislation that is in place is taken into regard, also in every case we consult with länsstyrelsen (the county council) before a final decision is made.
Pool 14/15 has figured heavily in discussions this season. The plan is as follows. The local council and land owner are looking into a long term solution to ensure that the entire bank does not collapse into the river, one of the fallen trees will be removed, one will remain and the decision will be endorsed by your truly.
We have a vision of Mörrums Koronolaxfiske delivering sustainable eco experiences alongside Sweden’s most attractive fishing location. We are all touchingly agreed that we have the most beautiful fishing location, right? To be sustainable we need to think long term and this something we strive for in regards to all our decision making. We want the coming generations to all be able to enjoy this fantastic river. Our hope and goal is for there to be sea trout and salmon for future fishing stories. At times changes can be challenging and difficult, we have a full understanding of that but the beauty is that we can work with nature not against her, something we do long term and in conjunction and in line with our owners directives.
A sustainable eco experience, what is it? You are all aware that we have world class salmon and sea trout fishing, you are also probably aware that the Baltic Sea is not in great condition, the results of which have sadly been apparent along the river.
While researchers, scientists and veterinarians are working in conjunction with us to solve this situation, we are carrying on with work regarding future development and sustainability.
A lot of great work is already under way but we need to increase the breadth of this work to provide a firm foundation for being able to ensure a positive future, independent of the health status as regards the fish. We want to develop and evolve and you are welcome to be part of this process. At the same time we have expanded the scope of our guiding experiences and available courses and also increased the variety available as regards our rental equipment. We are striving to expand the range of accommodation and our range of products and experiences that are available, all with sustainability in mind.
There have been no reports of diseased fish as of yet this season. We have had the SVA (Swedish veterinary authority) visit us twice. We have worked closely in conjunction with them providing locales, time, local knowledge and materials. The result of this work is now eagerly awaited and we will keep you in the loop.
We annually conduct studies of smolt where we primarily check smolt production in the river. This year these studies have been expanded through May. We have been catching smolt, marking them with transmitters to be able to map their cycle through migration from maturing areas to Baltic. Those of you that have been present along the river may have noticed some antennas at certain spots. These are to monitor the aforementioned migrations and to map the fish’s behavior in relation to the demolition of Marieberg power station that will be occurring in 2019. This project is in conjunction with KK and SLU.
I would like to end by wishing all of you a wonderful summer whether you be fishing, sunbathing, barbecuing or just sat at home waiting for the autumn fishing! We are here in Mörrum throughout the summer and you are warmly welcome whenever you wish to visit!
A quick heads up. If you have not tried the autumnal, sea trout night fishing then do so! It is absolutely awesome!