Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements in place before they book fishing. Each of the rivers within the Galloway area have separate sets of rules and/or recommendations outlined below. There are also conservation codes, individual beat and booking agency conditions to be considered. Fundamental legislation requires that all anglers have written permission to fish for salmon and sea trout anywhere in Scotland.
District Salmon Fishery Board regulations
UNDER THE ‘CONSERVATION OF SALMON (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2016', THE CONSERVATION STATUS OF THE GALLOWAY RIVERS HAS BEEN ASSESSED AND THE RIVERS GRADED FOR THE 2017 SEASON AS FOLLOWS:
RIVER CREE - Salmon season: 1st Mar - 14th Oct, Trout season: 15th Mar - 30th Oct
RIVER BLADNOCH SAC – Salmon season: 11th Feb- 31st Oct, Trout Season: 15th Mar-6th Oct. Fishing by fly only in October on Tarf Water.
WATER OF LUCE - Salmon season: 25th Feb-31st Oct, Trout season: 15th Mar-6th Oct. FISHING BY FLY ONLY.
URR WATER- Salmon season: 25th Feb - 30th Nov, Trout season: 15th Mar - 6th Oct.
(SEE 2017 CONSERVATION MEASURES IN PLACE FOR GRADE 1 and 2 RIVERS)
WATER OF FLEET - Salmon season: 1st May- 31st Oct, Trout season: 15th Mar -6th Oct. Fly only in October.
RIVER DEE (KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE) - Salmon season: 11th- Feb* - 31st Oct *1st Apr recommended, Trout season: 15th Mar - 6th Oct.
ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED UNHARMED FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON ACROSS GRADE 3 GALLOWAY RIVERS. This is a mandatory requirement under Scottish Government Legislation and will be enforced.
DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD CONSERVATION MEASURES:
RIVER CREE DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
1. All salmon and grilse caught between the 1st March and the 31st March (inclusive) MUST be returned to the water as soon as possible and with the least possible injury. This means that any badly bleeding fish or any fish which dies after being caught between these dates must still be returned to the water.
2. No prawn/shrimp fishing AT ANY TIME.
3. No livebaiting AT ANY TIME.
1. All salmon and grilse caught after the 31st March but before the 1st June MUST be returned. Any badly bleeding fish caught between those dates which are killed are to be the property of the beat owner. All salmon caught after the 1st June but which are marked by tagging or by cutting of the adipose fin are to be returned.
2. ALL sea trout OVER 2lb in weight MUST be returned for the ENTIRE SEASON.
3. NO worm fishing before the 1st June.
4. NO worm fishing after the 30th September.
5. Between the 1st June and the 30th September worm fishing shall be permitted only using a hook with a minimum size of 1/0.
6. A maximum of 1 salmon/grilse to be killed per angler per day PROVIDED that if the angler is a non-syndicate or visiting angler he or she has booked a minimum of THREE days fishing (which do not require to be consecutive days).
7. A maximum of 2 salmon/grilse to be killed per angler per week SUBJECT to paragraph 6 above.
8. A maximum of 2 sea trout (under 2lb) to be killed per angler/day.
9. A maximum of 4 sea trout (under 2lb) to be killed per angler/week.
10. ALL FEMALE salmon to be returned after the 30th September.
11. All beat owners shall endeavour to keep a record of angling effort for the season (preferably indicating the numbers of angler-days fished in each month of the season) and will pass that record to the Chairman of the Board after the close of the season.
RIVER BLADNOCH DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
1. All salmon/grilse MUST be returned before the 1st June.
2. All hen salmon/grilse must be returned throughout the season.
3. All cock salmon/grilse over 27in (8lb) long measured from tip of snout to fork of tail must be returned.
4. Syndicate members and fishing club members may kill 1 cock salmon/grilse under 27in (8lb) per week with a maximum of 2 per season.
5. Visiting anglers, on a weekly ticket, may kill one cock salmon/grilse under 27in (8lb), limited to 2 per season.
6. Day ticket anglers should be restricted by beat owners to limits less generous than those offered to syndicate member, club member or weekly angler.
7. All gravid salmon/grilse must be returned.
8. All salmon/grilse caught, returned or retained, must be reported to the beat or fishery administrator on the day of capture.
9. All anglers are encouraged to have pliers with them when fishing.
10. Worming by single hook only. No worming before 1st May or after 1st October.
RIVER URR DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
1. Angling for salmon should not commence prior to 15th March to protect kelts.
2. All salmon and grilse caught before 1st June should be released.
3. Between the 1st June and 30th November, ALL SALMON (male and female) above 27in (8lbs) in length should be released unharmed.
4. Trout Conservation - All trout less than 10" (25cm) in size should be returned unharmed.
5. Worming by single hook only. No worming should take place during November.
RIVER DEE (KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE) DISTRICT SALMON FISHERY BOARD
ALL SALMON MUST BE RETURNED UNHARMED FOR THE ENTIRE 2017 SEASON
Trout Conservation: All trout less than 10" (25cm) in size should be returned unharmed. Bag limits - Maximum: One sea trout per rod/day. Fish caught subsequently should be released.
GALLOWAY RIVER RULES
1. It is illegal to sell rod caught Salmon and Sea Trout.
2. No Sunday Fishing.
3. No angler fishing for salmon, sea trout or trout may fish with more than one rod at any time.
4. No set lines.
5. No prawn, shrimp or live bait fishing. No ledgering or gaffing. No fishing by net, hook or other illegal instruments, including snatching.
6. Any crayfish caught accidentally must be killed immediately and left on site, as required by Scottish legislation.
7. All fry, parr, smolts, kelts, foul hooked, coloured fish and all salmon (male or female) caught must be returned unharmed immediately.
8. The killing of any gravid fish salmon is ILLEGAL and the water bailiffs duty includes strict enforcement of this law.
9. Fishing permits must be carried at all times whilst on the river.
10. You must show your permit when asked by watchers or other authorised persons and allow inspection of your tackle and fish.
11. All rods must make a return of fish caught at the end of each day/week to the owner (even if this is a nil return) and should include any fish involved in catch and release.
12. You must do everything you can to help prevent poaching and illegal fishing.
13. Dogs are not allowed except by express permission of both the landowner and the fishing proprietor. People are requested to leave NO LITTER, no lengths of nylon or equivalent are to be discarded as this is a danger to wildlife.
14. Anglers must ensure that they do not cause damage to property, fences, dykes etc. and always leave gates as found.
15. No permit holder shall, in the event of a pool being already occupied, fish that pool in front of the angler already in possession but must go in behind them and the angler in front shall move on one step with every cast. Members and permit holders are expected to fish in a courteous manner at all times.
In the interests of conservation, the catch and release of migratory salmonids is encouraged throughout the season.
Fleet - No spinning except when the water level is above the red line on marker. No night fishing when river in flood. The use of lead is not permitted.
Luce - All guests must carry permits that have been signed by the tenant. Fishermen are required to hold suitable third party liability insurance cover to indemnify themselves and their guests against all claims of whatsoever nature arising out of the exercise of the fishings let. If in the opinion of the owner anglers are responsible for unreasonable behaviour he may completely at his discretion dismiss you or/and guests for all time
Bladnoch - Wading is generally unnecessary and is strongly discouraged. Do not return pike under 5lbs - perch or other coarse fish. Maximum of two hooks on a rapala.