Prospects for coming week

(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.

Fishing at Linloskin
Phil Burgess takes an early evening cast upon the magnificent Linloskin Pool on the lower Cree, having already landed a beautiful 12 lb hen salmon earlier in the day on September 14th 2011.

Fishing at Linloskin
Against the backdrop of Larg and Lamachan Hills, Steve Morris fishes the wonderfully diverse winding Water of Minnoch upon Beat 2 of Glentrool Estates, September 2011.

Fishing at Linloskin
Colin Richardson fishes the fly at the meetings, just below the junction where the Tarff water meets the River Bladnoch on Clugston Estate Beat 1 .

Fishing at Linloskin
In high water upon the Newton Stewart Angling Association beat of the Cree. This section, known as the Ragg Run can be one of the most productive parts of the beat and is easily accessible, lying just upstream of the A75 road bridge.

Fishing at Linloskin
The Dalbeattie Angling Association upper beat on the River Urr becomes particularly productive from August onwards. On this day towards the end of August 2011, a short walk down the beat saw us witness a magnificent fresh 16 lb cock salmon and 3 grilse being caught and released on the water, which is open right up until the end of November.

Fishing at Linloskin
When Earlstoun Power Station generators are being switched off, this section of the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee just below Ken Bridge can be quite productive for New Galloway Angling Association with brown trout and the occasional salmon caught.

Fishing at Linloskin
An angler fishes at the very top of Beat 1 on the Double Water daily-let section of Stair Estates, where the Cross and Main waters of Luce meet. This three and a half mile stretch of river is very productive up until the end of July for sea trout and thereafter, salmon and grilse.

Weather information

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