(Last updated: Wednesday 20th May)
A good spate on Monday 11th May (registering 4 foot on the lower Cree SEPA gauge) provided some excellent water for the following day's angling effort and six spring salmon were reported to the website. These salmon came mostly from the lower Cree within Newton Stewart Angling Association water, Galloway Estates, Linloskin and Machermore. Roddy Crosbie recorded the largest catch - a beautiful 12 lb salmon - caught and released safely at the Brewery Pool in Newton Stewart (see photo opposite). This brings the Cree catch to 22 salmon so far this season.
On the Bladnoch, a salmon of 9 lbs was also reported safely returned at Ash Tree on Mochrum Park by Mr Paul Greasley on Tuesday 12th May.
Following a terrific 7ft spate, Jonny Haley caught and safely returned this year's first Cree salmon (a 9lb springer), beneath the A75 road bridge (Machermore beat) on Tuesday 10th March. Jamie Hyslop added a further 9lb salmon to the Cree catch on the 18th March at Linloskin.
By April, another nice lift in water at the very start of the month brought fresh fish to Galloway Estates on the Cree and the first reported springer to the River Bladnoch - caught and released at Barhoise falls by Graeme Parks. River levels fell away quickly as longer and warmer spring days commenced but with cold, showery weather (even some snow) returning across the weekend of the 11th April, catches were not far away and three salmon were recorded on a small rise on Monday 13th April - including the first springer for the Minnoch (tributary of the Cree) and two salmon from within Newton Stewart Angling Association water and Galloway Estates water. River levels dropped from herein and it was not until Wednesday 29th April that a good rise provided some sport. On this day, Richard Bellamy recorded a small salmon on the Minnoch - his first April catch since 1965!
By May, more regular small freshets appeared to spur fish on and Colin Richardson landed his first springers on the Bladnoch - of 10 and 11 lbs in weight across the 6th/7th May. At the same time, Jock Rennie reported an 8lb springer at Barhoise Dam, upper Bladnoch.