Trout fisheries with online booking:
Stranraer & District AA
A small trout captured during a survey on the Cree
The NSAA has fishing on Loch Kirriereoch which provides the brown trout enthusiast with good sport whilst the spectacular Loch Dee has become increasingly productive in recent years. Loch Dee is over a square kilometre in area and sits amid the splendour of the Galloway hills. When a hatch is on, the water is alive with the swirls of the feeding trout and the water can produce some beautiful fish. Click here
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Loch of the Lowes
The Forestry Commission Scotland
also has some stunning wild brown trout fishing set amongst the tranquil setting of the Galloway Forest Park. The Black Loch offers accessible fly fishing at an affordable price - only £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children! The same pricings apply to Loch of the Lowes and Lillies Loch, both of which hold wild brownies and are fly fishing only. For details of the water and information on ticket outlets, please contact Galloway Forest Park Head Office on 01671 402420.
Trout fishing in the Fleet area
In the surrounding area, there are two lochs offering trout fishing that are run by the Gatehouse of Fleet & Kirkcudbright Angling Association
. Lochenbrek is around 40 acres in size and is stocked on a monthly basis with rainbow trout. It is situated near Laurieston and is easy access. The loch is fly only.
Loch Whinyeon is around 120 acres in size and is fished for its brown trout, many of which are wild with only a few stocked each year. For easy access, please request key when booking permit. Permits for both lochs can be obtained from Watson McKinnel Ironmongers, 15 St Cuthbert Street, Kirkcudbright, Thomson Newsagents, Kirkcudbright and Bank of Fleet Hotel, Gatehouse of Fleet.
A Fleet trout
is a secluded brown trout fishery which is generally fished by syndicate members only but day tickets may be available mid July to the end of August and on weekends only from 1st April to mid July and during September. Some evening fishing is also available. Contact Rusko Holidays for further details.
Trout fishing in the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee area
In the early season, when the water in the main river is cold and high, it can be very productive to spin. Particularly good places for spinning include The Ford and Park of Tongland. It is common to have fish over 3lb from these lower beats. From mid May onwards, the river downstream of Glenlochar (but not Threave) becomes good for fly fishing. There appear to be two distinct forms of trout in the Dee-Ken system, with some trout displaying a green sheen and others the more traditionally seen brown colouration. In the summer months, it's best to use a slow sinking wet fly as the trout will be feeding on caddis and other benthos. Spinning can also be successful in warmer weather, through the faster flowing water with very small floating Rapalas being particularly good.
Trout fishing in the system's tributaries can also be productive, with good fishing being enjoyed on the New Galloway Angling Association beat of the Black Water of Dee. Furthermore, the Water of Deugh has shown very promising catches within recent years.
Trout fishing in the Urr area
The trout fisherman is spoilt for choice in the Urr catchment. Loch Roan, stocked on a regular basis by Castle Douglas Angling Association
, has both brown and rainbows available in idyllic surroundings. The only method permitted is fly fishing by boat, the hire of which (and a lifejacket) is included in the day ticket price. Tickets are available from McCowan & Son, 50 King Street, Castle Douglas - Tel: 01556 610270.
, also known as Dalbeattie Reservoir, is situated only 3 miles from Dalbeattie and fishing is controlled by the Dalbeattie Angling Association
. This 25-acre reservoir is set in the most natural of settings, and is stocked regularly with rainbows. There are also wild brown trout available, some of considerable size with individuals of up to 4.5lbs having been caught. Bank access is excellent and there is only a short walk through a field from the car parking.