Fishing on the Doon
The compensation flow provides a huge advantage to the Doon as the river is at a fishable height at all times. The Doon DSFB can request freshets when required. The guaranteed water flow and the beautiful surroundings, immortalised by Robert Burns in his poem "Banks O'Doon" means that fishing on the Doon is highly sought after.
As with all the Ayrshire rivers the Doon is primarily a summer and autumn salmon fishery, although spring fish, occasionally taken as early as March, are also present. The Doon was once a very productive sea trout fishery but in recent decades catches have collapsed and there is a total catch and release policy in force.
The Doon fishery is managed by the River Doon District Salmon Fishery Board with scientific monitoring and advice provided by the Ayrshire Rivers Trust.