The salmon fishing season on the Fleet begins on 1st May and ends on the 31st October. For trout, the season begins on 15th March and ends on 6th October.
When to fish
There is no spring salmon run on the Fleet but sea trout and the occasional grilse are caught in May/June. In July, salmon and grilse are still less apparent in the catches whereas sea trout and herling (the local name for finnock) become more regularly caught. Night fishing is customary except when the river is in flood as it can rise rapidly. From August until the end of the season, salmon and grilse join sea trout and herling in becoming more common in the catches.
Where to fish
Salmon fishing tends to be confined to the lower and middle river. Detailed directions for the fishing is provided with tickets.
Fishing on the Fleet
The Fleet Valley has National Scenic Area status in recognition of its natural beauty and it is surely one of the most pleasant systems in which to fish in Dumfries and Galloway. During the springtime, the woods are filled with bluebells and in the summer it is not uncommon to see red squirrels scampering through the ancient woodlands next to the river. The autumn is packed with colour as the leaves turn on the trees, painting a fitting backdrop to the picture made by the river's silvery path.
Downstream of Pool of Ness
Stakes nets have always been present in the bay and are currently fished by Cardoness Estate on a recreational basis rather than as a commercial interest. Further out in the bay you will see the uninhabited islands known as Murray's Isles, named after the entrepreneur James Murray who founded Gatehouse of Fleet.