(Last updated: Thursday 11th September)
Another week of low water and few catches. August and September catches this year have been disappointing but should we be expecting any different given the low water? Seven salmon (up to 7 lbs in weight) and
a couple of sea trout were recorded this week.
Catches have been steadily getting better over the last two weeks although these are mostly coming from the lower river where there is the best chance of fish being drawn in on the tide.
The salmon fishing season has been very slow in Galloway. After a positive start, with the first spring salmon being recorded within a week of the opening day on the River Bladnoch, catches were very few during the spring months, with only Galloway Estates water on the middle Cree producing further fish. A compulsory catch and release policy across the Cree and Bladnoch this year may have put some anglers off fishing this spring - there were very few anglers seen on the lower Cree even during good flows during the spring.
By the start of June, a couple of nice salmon were recorded on the Galloway Estates water and during the first week of the month, a 14 lb salmon also came from the Newton Stewart AA towns water. By July, when fish should have been arriving in better numbers, there began a long spell of low flows and yet catches still graced the rods at Linloskin and Machermore (lower Cree). Fresh fish continued to sneak into the lower river during higher tides and around the week of the 14th July, grilse and summer salmon were caught upon Machermore and Linloskin. By the end of July, Kirwaugh on the lower Bladnoch recorded the largest salmon of 19 lbs in weight this season. By August, cooler air temperatures and some decent rainfall across the first two weeks of the month brought some decent flow down the rivers and better prospects. Fish finally became more widespread and some catches came from Clugston on the Bladnoch as well as Linloskin, Galloway Estates, Machermore and Kirwaugh. An 8 lb salmon was also caught and released by Jock McDowall on the Tarf during the Kirkcowan Fishing Competition on the 23rd August.
By September, the rivers have yet again reached summer low flows and salmon fishing has ceased for the moment apart from within the lower river beats.