The fishing rules shall be those as printed on the current annual membership card and on current visitorʼs permits and/or on association official publications/signs and
www.nsaa.org.uk. Each permit holder will be responsible for any damage they cause to property, fences, dykes, trees, etc. Please always leave gates as you find them. Any
member or guest proven to have brought the name of Newton Stewart & District Angling Association into disrepute will be expelled from the Association forthwith. Any
member or visitor found to be fishing illegally, or in breach of the rules will be liable to expulsion from the Association and their membership withdrawn for life. NO dogs
allowed It is illegal to sell any fish caught on Association waters!!
1. The only LEGAL methods of fishing on Association waters, are by a single or double hand held rod and line, the terminal tackle can be single or multiple fly combinations of suitable size. The minimum size of wild brown trout to be taken is 12 inches. Spinning is permitted all season subject to water levels, and worm fishing using a hook with a minimum size of 1/0. (from 1st June to 30th September) is allowed subject to river level i.e. when there is NO yellow showing on the marker gauges. Bait fishing (worm only using a hook with a minimum size of 1/0. (from 1st June to 30th September) and spinning is permitted in the Ghyll pool east bank only, and below the A75 road bridge to end of beat (west bank only)irrespective of water height. Float fishing is only allowed on the Ghyll Pool. NO SHRIMP OR PRAWN FISHING – it is illegal! Fishing from bridges is strictly prohibited.
2. Permit holders bind themselves to always fish in a courteous and considerate manner. You MUST NOT enter a pool in front of any other angler. You must enter behind the angler(s) in possession at a safe and reasonable distance. This rule applies whether fly fishing, spinning or worming or from either bank. You MUST take one step downstream after each cast. NO FIXED ENGINE FISHING i.e. the rod must be in the hand at all times.
3. ALL salmon or grilse caught before 1st June MUST be returned, and that ALL fish to be returned after 30th September.
4. A maximum of one salmon/grilse /seatrout or brown trout to be killed on a three consecutive day ticket. A one day ticket is strictly Catch & Release for all fish.
5. All coloured fish, parr, smolts and kelts to be returned unharmed to the river.
6. From the 1st September all Bladed Spinners must have treble hooks removed and replaced with a single hook.
7. It is an Criminal offence to take a salmon before 1st April and may render you liable to prosecution even if the fish is dead or bleeding.
8. RIVER CREE: West bank, from top of Suspension Bridge Pool to south march of Nether Barr Farm. East bank, from Whitehills march fence at the upper end of the Ghyll Pool to the top end of Slaughterhouse Pool.
9. PENKILN BURN: West bank only, Auchinleck Bridge to Mattie Whiteʼs Bridge. Fly & spinning all season. Worm fishing 1st June to 31st August.
10. Wild Brown Trout Season: 15th March to 6th October.
11. SALMON Season: River Cree and Penkiln Burn, 1st March to 14th October.
12. SEA TROUT Season: 1st March to 15th August. After which ALL sea trout MUST be returned unharmed.
13. All sea trout under 12 inches in length OR over 2lbs in weight MUST be returned throughout the season .
14. No Sunday fishing permitted.
15. Always carry your permit whilst fishing Association waters.
Pollution Anyone seeing evidence of suspected pollution of a river, stream or loch, please contact SEPA on 01671 402618 IMMEDIATELY!
Please inform Murdo Crosbie of all Salmon/Grilse/Sea Trout Caught On the day of capture or ASAP on Email firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0779 865 3740
Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Each River in Galloway has its own set of regulations set by the river's District Salmon Fishery Board and its fisheries. Legislation requires that all anglers have written permission to fish for salmon and sea trout anywhere in Scotland.
Under the Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Regulations 2016, the conservation status of the Galloway rivers is accessed on a yearly basis. For the 2018 fishing season Galloway's rivers are graded as follows:
Grade 1: River Cree
Grade 2: Water of Luce and Urr Water
Grade 3: River Bladnoch SAC, Water of Fleet and River Dee (Kirkcudbrightshire).
Rivers which are grade 3 are mandatory catch and release and all salmon must be returned unharmed to the river. For grade 1 and 2 rivers please see beats and District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) regulations for conservation measures currently in place.
District Salmon Fishery Board regulations
Each District Salmon Fishery Board (DSFB) has its own set of regulations. Below is a set of regulations for all Galloway Rivers. However, please read the regulations for the Urr DSFB, Water of Luce DSFB, Water of Fleet DSFB, River Dee (Kirkcudbrightshire) DSFB and River Bladnoch DSFB at: this page. For the River Cree DSFB please see this page.
1. It is illegal to sell rod caught salmon and sea trout
2. No Sunday Fishing
3. No angler fishing for salmon, sea trout or trout may fish with more than one rod at any one time
4. No set lines
5. No prawn, shrimp or live bait fishing. No ledgering or gaffing. No fishing by net, hook or other illegal instruments, including snatching.
6. Any American signal crayfish caught accidentally must be killed immediately and left on site as required by Scottish legislation.
7. All fry, parr, smolts, kelts, foul hooked and coloured fish caught must be returned unharmed immediately.
8. The killing of any gravid salmon is ILLEGAL and the water bailiffs duty includes strict enforcement of this law
9. Fishing permits must be carried at all times whilst on the river
10. You must show your permit when asked by any watchers or other authorised persons and allow inspection of your tackle and fish
11. All rods must make a return of fish caught at the end of each day/week to the owner (even if this is a nil return) and should include any fish involved in catch and release.
12. You must do everything you can to help prevent poaching and illegal fishing
13. Dogs are not allowed except by express permission of both the landowner and the fishing proprietor
14. People are requested to leave NO LITTER. Lengths of nylon or equivalent are to be discarded as this is a danger to wildlife
15. Anglers must ensure that they do not cause damage to property, fences, dykes etc and always leave gates as found.
16. No permit holder shall, in the event of a pool already being occupied, fish that pool in front of the angler already in possession and must go behind them and the angler in front shall move on one step with every cast. Members and permit holders are expected to fish in a courteous manner at all times.
17. In all Scottish Rivers, all salmon caught before the 1st April must be returned carefully to the river even if the fish is badly bleeding.
18. In the interest of conservation, the catch and release of migratory salmonids is encouraged throughout the season. In rivers which are grade 3, catch and release is mandatory.
Fishing on the Lower Cree
Individual owners may also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, provision of ghillies (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.
FishPal Booking Conditions
This site uses the FishPal booking engine, so if you use our online booking system, or our call centre on 01573 470612, you need to agree to†FishPal's booking conditions.
You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.