(Last updated: Wednesday 30th November)
Today is the final day of the Urr season. From 1st December, all Galloway rivers will be closed, with the River Bladnoch being the first to open in the new year on 11th February 2017. Coarse fishing remains open throughout the winter. Pike fishing throughout the winter months is popular (see Torhouskie Coarse page) as well as coarse fishing on the Three Lochs near Kirkcowan and Loch Ken near Castle Douglas.
Newton Stewart Angling Association are holding three open pike fishing competitions throughout the winter. The first was held at Loch Ochiltree on 13th November. The second will be held on Loch Fyntalloch on 11th December. The third will take place at Loch Ochiltree on 22nd January 2017. Competitions run from 10:30am to 3:00pm each event. Please contact Roger Archer for more info: 01671 402950 or 07473878142
Scottish Government have recently reviewed Conservation Limits - which has meant changes to the Galloway river categories for the 2017 season as follows.
The River Cree changes from a category 3 to a category 1. The Luce, Bladnoch and Urr have changed from category 3 to category 2 rivers. The Fleet and Dee remain at category 3. All salmon must be returned unharmed to the river throughout the entire fishing season across all category 3 rivers.
It is likely that there will be an amendment to the current river rules for category 1 rivers (the Cree) and these will be posted as soon as they are made available.