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(Last updated: Tuesday 11th September)
Rainfall over the weekend resulted in some good water Monday. Catches, mostly of grilse, were reported on the Cree with the Newton Stewart Angling Association Water and Galloway Estates doing best. In low water Thursday and Friday, five grilse were among catches from the tidal areas of the Cree (Machermore) and Bladnoch (Kirwaugh) and deeper holding waters up river (Linloskin pool and Galloway Estates on the Cree).
It was a slow start to the season. Up to the end of March, the only spring salmon landed were two caught on the Clugston Beat (Bladnoch). Kelt numbers were also low, presumably the high river flows through the winter had aided these fish to return to the sea. A 3lb sea trout was reported at the end of March from Dalbeattie AA.
The first salmon caught on the Cree was an 8lb springer from the Newton Stewart Angling Association beat on the 7th April. Kirwaugh recorded a single fish in week 2. During the week of the 16th to 21st April, four salmon of 7 to 9lbs in weight were caught, from lower Cree beats and the first fish of the season for Mochrum Park.
Throughout May and up to mid-June there was very little rainfall and increasing water temperatures. Two salmon were recorded on the lower Cree at Machermore and Linloskin. Early June, river levels were really low and combined with high water temperatures, discouraged salmon entering the rivers or any salmon fishing taking place. In mid-June a small spate was recorded on all the Galloway rivers which resulted in five salmon being caught on the lower Cree beats over a few days. Mochrum Park was to record the only other salmon caught in June.
By July, the rivers were on their knees, broken only at the very end of the month with a nice rise that produced 17 salmon, mostly for the Cree.
Good conditions continued into August. Across the first week, Newton Stewart Angling Association recorded 15 salmon and other Cree, Bladnoch and Urr beats, the odd fish. 11 sea trout, including a lovely 6 lb
fish, were also among catches on the NSAA beat. During this time, the middle river beats benefitted also, before conditions quickly tailed off as low water returned. Catches improved again by Saturday 18th,
when 15 salmon and grilse were recorded on the Minnoch (nine of which fell to one angler!). Newton Stewart Angling Association also recorded four fish on this day. Catches were well spread throughout the
rivers the following week, with 10 for the NSAA beat, three for Dalbeattie AA, three for Galloway Estates (up to 12 lb), four for Mochrum Park (for Geoff and Georgie Botham who had landed six salmon during their
visit) and a single salmon for Linloskin, Machermore and Kirkcowan Angling Club. The final week of the month produced 17 salmon for the Cree (mostly across NSAA water and Galloway Estates), two salmon for the
Bladnoch and a single fish on the Dalbeattie AA water of the lower Urr.