The salmon fishing season on the Luce begins on 25th February and ends on 31st October. For trout, the season begins on 15th March and ends on 6th October. As a spate river the River Luce fishes best after some rain with good numbers of salmon and sea trout in the summer and autumn. In 2016 the Scottish Government introduced legislation which gave each river a conservation category. For the 2018 season, the River Luce has been designated a category 2, see District Salmon Fishery Board and Fisheries for regulations.
Only a few fish enter the River Luce early in the year.
The Luce holds salmon, sea trout and trout. The sea trout population is healthy with fish entering the river towards the end of May/ beginning of June. However, the main sea trout run occurs in July, with fish usually ranging from 1lb to 8lb. The largest sea trout to have been caught from the Luce was a massive 18lb 4oz in 1998! For salmon, the main run enters the river later than the rest of Gallowayís rivers. Grilse can be expected from July onwards given suitable water conditions although they are more plentiful from the end of August onwards. Salmon usually range from 8-10lbs, although 20lb salmon have been caught in the past and a 30lb cock salmon was caught in 2016.
This is the most productive time for the entire river. Large numbers of salmon and grilse enter the river and fresh fish are caught even in the last week of the season.
Almost the entire river is used exclusively by syndicate groups who let the fishing from Stair Estates and hence some parts of the system are not generally available to visiting anglers. However, there are three beats on the lower river that are available to rent from Stair Estates (see Beat Descriptions or Prices/Availability). This water is easily accessible and is excellent fly water. Day tickets are also available on the Cross Water from Stranraer and District Salmon Angling Association.
Access to fishing on the Piltanton Burn is through the Dunragit Angling Club (DAC). The club mainly fish off the tide in the lower part of the burn. The DAC is happy to provide local knowledge to visiting anglers.