Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Each of the rivers within the Galloway area have separate sets of rules and/or recommendations outlined below. There are also conservation codes, individual beat and booking agency conditions to be considered. Fundamental legislation requires that all anglers have written permission to fish for salmon and sea trout anywhere in Scotland.
District Salmon Fishery Board regulations
Bladnoch - Salmon Season : 11th Feb - 31st Oct, Trout Season : 15th Mar - 6th Oct, Fishing Restrictions (see conservation rules) :Fly only in October on Tarff
Dee - Salmon season : 11th- Feb* - 31st Oct *1st Apr recommended, Trout season : 15th Mar - 6th Oct
Urr - Salmon season : 25th Feb - 30th Nov, Trout season : 15th Mar - 6th Oct
Luce- Salmon season : 25th Feb - 31st Oct, Trout season : 15th Mar - 6th Oct. Fishing Restrictions (see conservation rules) : FLY ONLY
Cree - Salmon season :1st Mar - 14th Oct, Trout season : 15th Mar - 30th Oct
UNDER THE ‘CONSERVATION OF SALMON (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2016', ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED UNHARMED FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON ACROSS ALL GALLOWAY RIVERS. This is a mandatory requirement under Scottish Government Legislation and will be enforced.
RIVER CREE DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
PART 1 â€“ LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
1. All salmon and grilse caught MUST be returned to the water as soon as possible and with the least possible injury. This applies for the whole season. It means that any badly bleeding fish or any fish which dies after being caught must still be returned to the water.
2. No prawn/shrimp fishing AT ANY TIME.
3. No livebaiting AT ANY TIME.
PART 2 CONSERVATION MEASURES
1. ALL sea trout OVER 2lb in weight MUST be returned â€“ for the ENTIRE SEASON.
1. NO worm fishing FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON.
1. A maximum of 2 sea trout (under 2lb) to be killed per angler/day.
1. A maximum of 4 sea trout (under 2lb) to be killed per angler/week.
1. All bladed spinners (such as â€œflying Csâ€ or Mepps) to have one single hook only.
2. All other spinners and lures to have a maximum of one treble only.
Fleet - Salmon season :1st May - 31st Oct, Trout season : 15th Mar - 6th Oct, Fishing Restrictions (see conservation rules) : Fly only in October
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 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 crayfish caught accidentally must be killed immediately and left on site, as required by Scottish legislation.
7. All fry, parr, smolts, kelts, foul hooked, coloured fish and all salmon (male or female) caught must be returned unharmed immediately.
8. The killing of any gravid fish 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 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. People are requested to leave NO LITTER, no lengths of nylon or equivalent are to be discarded as this is a danger to wildlife.
14. Anglers must ensure that they do not cause damage to property, fences, dykes etc. and always leave gates as found.
15. No permit holder shall, in the event of a pool being already occupied, fish that pool in front of the angler already in possession but must go in 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.
In the interests of conservation, the catch and release of migratory salmonids is encouraged throughout the season:
UNDER THE ‘CONSERVATION OF SALMON (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2016', ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED UNHARMED FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON ACROSS ALL GALLOWAY RIVERS
Bladnoch -Salmon Conservation: Worming by single hook only. No worming before 1st May or after 1st October.
Dee - Trout Conservation : All trout less than 10" (25cm) in size should be returned unharmed. Bag limits - Maximum: One sea trout per rod/day. Fish caught subsequently should be released.
Urr- Salmon Conservation : Angling for salmon should not commence prior to 15th March to protect kelts. Trout Conservation - All trout less than 10" (25cm) in size should be returned unharmed. Worming by single hook only. No worming should take place during November.
Fleet - No spinning except when the water level is above the red line on marker. No night fishing when river in flood. The use of lead is not permitted.
Luce - All guests must carry permits that have been signed by the tenant. Fishermen are required to hold suitable third party liability insurance cover to indemnify themselves and their guests against all claims of whatsoever nature arising out of the exercise of the fishings let. If in the opinion of the owner anglers are responsible for unreasonable behaviour he may completely at his discretion dismiss you or/and guests for all time
Bladnoch - Wading is generally unnecessary and is strongly discouraged. Do not return pike under 5lbs - perch or other coarse fish. Maximum of two hooks on a rapala.