(Last updated: Thursday 4th December)
The rivers are closed in Galloway. The first river to re-open in the new year will be the River Bladnoch on the 11th February followed by the River Cree on the 1st March 2015.
Over the winter, Newton Stewart Angling Association are holding a series of Open Pike Fishing Competitions. The first took place on the 23rd November at Loch Ochiltree. The next competition will take place at Loch Fyntalloch this weekend on the 7th December from 10.30 am to 3 pm. The final competition in this series will take place on 18th January 2015 - venue as yet undecided between Loch Ochiltree or Loch Fyntalloch - again, between 10.30 and 3 pm. Entry fee £10. Cash prizes (subject to entry) on the day for the HEAVIEST FISH only, plus prizes (kindly donated by Galloway Angling Centre). The overall champion angler will be the person with the heaviest fish caught over the 3 competitions, there will be a cash prize, trophy and rod and reel for the winner and to qualify for the overall prize you must fish all 3 competitions. Entries will be taken at the Loch car park from 09.30. Last entry 10.10 am. Rules: Dead bait only. Maximum 2 rods per angler (rods must be attended at all times). Barbless hooks (2 trebles maximum). Catch and release. Fish must be weighed and witnessed by a dedicated marshall. Tea and coffee will be available at registration. Entries can be made prior to the competitions - please contact Roger Archer on 01671 40 2950 or 07473878142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org