(Last updated: Thursday 5th December)
It was a poor final few weeks for the River Urr and only one salmon of 6 lb was reported during the final week. However, the river has been almost at summer low lately and anglers have been able to see a number of redds which suggests spawning is proceeding well even if there has been little activity for anglers hoping to make a late catch.
The Urr closed on Saturday.
The Bladnoch opened on the 11th of February and two days into the season, the river was a colossal size - a combination of enduring rain and snow melt. A few anglers did brave the first week of the season but only kelts were caught and this situation was mirrored on the Cree which opened on the 1st of March.
March saw dry and very cold weather engulf Galloway - snow lay on the ground right up until the end of the month but a slow melt failed to produce much water for the rivers. On the 25th, Denis Dyson had the first spring salmon to be reported locally - a 10lb beauty that he returned below the A75 road bridge on Machermore water. Jamie Hyslop caught his first spring salmon at Linloskin two days later, of 7 lbs in weight. Altogether, winter gripped the region during March and little was seen entering the rivers by anglers that braved the extreme cold.
By the end of the first week in April, water temperature finally started to improve to around 5 degees celcius. The River Bladnoch recorded its first spring salmon of the season - on the lower river at Kirwaugh
- weighing 10 lbs, caught and released by Leo Connolly. Roger Sharples recorded the Newton Stewart Angling Associations first salmon of the season on 24th April, weighing 9 lbs.
May began slowly but we had surprisingly good fortune with regular bouts of rainfall and a large spate mid month which helped draw fresh fish in. Monday the 13th of May was a good day for the towns water with three salmon up to 11 lbs being recorded by Newton Stewart Angling Association. Mochrum Park reported two catches in the same week - a 10 lb salmon off Mochrum Park and an 8 lb from Machermore on the Cree. To this point in the season, Glentrool Estates on the Minnoch had recorded 12 salmon all returned by syndicate members. The week beginning 20th May saw the largest fish (16 lbs) caught this season - by Dr Paul Knightingale at Nut Bank on Mochrum Park. During the same week, Clugston Estate on the Bladnoch recorded two salmon; NSAA a 13lb salmon from the Brewery Pool; Kirwaugh a 14 lb salmon and Mochrum Park a 7 lb springer. The final week of the spring season brought catches for the Bladnoch (a fish each for Mochrum Park, Clugston and Kirwaugh) but particularly for the Cree at Linloskin and Barclye on Galloway Estates water where four salmon - the largest of 16 lbs caught by Peter Woodfield - were returned.