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(Last updated: Tuesday 19th June)
Very little rain throughout May and June resulted in very low water flows and poor conditions for salmon fishing. Finally some rain towards the end of last week added some welcome fresh water to the rivers and burns and a small flood occurred. On the Cree the rise was about 30cm (recorded on SEPA gauging station) which resulted in 5 fish being caught between the Newton Stewart Angling Association beat and Linloskin Fishings.
It has been a slow start to the season. Up to the end of March the only spring salmon landed has been two caught on the Clugston Beat (Bladnoch). Kelt numbers are also low, presumably the high river flows through the winter have 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.
Throughout May and up to mid-June there was very little rainfall and increasing water temperatures. By early and mid-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 5 salmon being caught on the lower Cree beats over a few days.