Fishing the Ayrshire Rivers

Anglers please note.
On the 24th November 2016 the Scottish Government introduced new legislation which has placed each river in a conservation category. Each Ayrshire River has been given a category of either class1, class 2 or class 3. The classification of each river is as follows River Doon, River Stinchar, River Girvan and River Garnock (Class1), River Ayr (Class 2), River Irvine (Class3). Rivers that have been given Class 3 status will be catch and release only for Salmon until further notice. Rivers that have been given a class 1 or 2 status will have restrictions in place and anglers should check with each beat for advice in advance of any fishing.

River Doon

On the 24th November 2016 the Scottish Government introduced new legislation placing the River Doon into the category 1 classification. Although this means anglers may be permitted to retain a fish, the River Doon District Salmon Fishery Board will introduce a new code of conduct and conservation measures will be in place, anglers can follow the link to the Doon DSFB website for further information this page . Anglers should also check with each beat for advice in advance of fishing.

River Girvan

On the 24th November 2016 the Scottish Government introduced new legislation placing the River into the category 1 classification. Although this means anglers may be permitted to retain a fish, the District Salmon Fishery Board will introduce a new code of conduct and conservation measure will be in place. Anglers should check with each beat for advice in advance of fishing.

River Stinchar

On the 24th November 2016 the Scottish Government introduced new legislation placing the River Stinchar into the category 1 classification. Although this means anglers may be permitted to retain a fish, the River Stinchar District Salmon Fishery Board will introduce a new code of conduct and conservation measures will be in place, anglers can follow the link to the Stinchar DSFB website for further information this page . Anglers should also check with each beat for advice in advance of fishing.


The queit and pretty river Girvan








River Ayr
On the 24th November 2016 the Scottish Government introduced new legislation placing the River Ayr into the category 2 classification. Although this means anglers may be permitted to retain a fish, the River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board will introduce a new code of conduct and conservation measures will be in place, anglers can follow the link to the Ayr DSFB website for further information this page . Anglers should also check with each beat for advice in advance of fishing.


The famous river Stinchar

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Many of the Ayrshire beats are included on this site so you can read about each one, see its current fishing availability and book fishing permits online or by telephone.
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A Typical Stinchar fish caught in 2014
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