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Coarse Fishing in Galloway

Drumlockhart caravan park, leswalt

A short drive from the Luce catchment, Drumlockhart water is essentially a trout loch but also had a good head of sizeable carp. Rarely fished for by anglers, the carp will fall to surface baits. For details, please visit reception or telephone 01776 870232.

Recently redeveloped, with new access platforms, good disabled access and car parking facilities, Whitefield Loch provides a great day out for anglers. The loch has a good population of fin perfect perch, up to 2lb. Following an initial stocking of pike into the loch around two years ago, a further stocking was undertaken earlier this year. Individual pike of up to 20lb have been caught in the loch although jacks tend to be more common. If you have family with you there is also a woodland walk with interpretation panels. There are plans to provide disabled boat access in the near future. For details of permits and the monthly fishing competition, please telephone 01581 300697.

Woodhall loch, Castle Douglas

As well as coarse fishing in the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee and Loch Ken (see Kirkcudbrghtshire Dee's 'Where to fish page for details) There is a number of very good still waters in the surrounding area. One of the best known is Woodhall Loch. It is situated just to the west of Loch Ken and supports pike, perch and roach. Very large bags of roach can be taken on the loch but it seems as if the pike strongly affect the roach distribution on some days and then only a few roach are taken. The roadside swims are good for pike, with reports of pike to 22lb from this area. Fish at a distance for roach but closer for perch. Tickets are for the roadside swims only with the far bank being private. Tel: 01644 450281 for details.

Newton loch, Gatehouse of fleet

This small lochan is situated adjacent to the A75 just west of Gatehouse (after the Skyreburn) and can be clearly seen from the A75. The water holds plentiful roach, rudd and perch and also a small number of tench. There are pike to 9lb. Access is across the field from the farmhouse, where tickets are available.

Cardoness Ponds

Coarse fisheries with online booking:

Loch Heron near Kirkcowan

Loch Ronald near Kirkcowan

Torhousekie River Bladnoch, near Wigtown

Barend Holiday Village

Barend holiday village, sandyhills

For carp, Barend Holiday Village situated at Sandyhills near Dalbeattie is a great choice. This peaceful location has produced carp up to 14lb and accommodation is available on site. For enquiries, please click Email">here Us

cowan's Loch

Cowan's Loch is only a short drive from the Urr and provides two lochs with quality coarse fishing. Species include carp, bream, skimmers, roach and rudd. For enquiries, please contact Email Us

Carlingwark Loch

Carlingwark loch, Castle Douglas

Free fishing for pike and perch is available on Carlingwark Loch, in the centre of Castle Douglas.

Cardoness ponds, Gatehouse of fleet

These picturesque ponds are situated in the grounds of the Cardoness Caravan Park, just west of Gatehouse on the A75. Although relatively small in size there is a good head of roach and, with re-stocking taking place in the near future, it is anticipated that the ponds will go from strength to strength. Tickets available from reception.

Clatteringshaws reservoir, New Galloway

Clatteringshaws Reservoir can provide good sport when the conditions are right. The water supports pike and perch as well as trout. Fishing effort is generally low on this water in comparison to nearby waters but it can produce good fish given the right conditions. The more easily accessible east side of the loch produces the best catches. The length of the shoreline is over 5 miles - plenty of room for bank fishing! Tickets are available by contacting Galloway Guns & Tackle, Arthur Street, Newton Stewart (Tel: 01671 403404) or JR Hopkins Grocers, High Street, New Galloway, Nr Castle Douglas (Tel: 01644 420229).

Loch rutton, lochfoot

Free pike fishing is also available at Loch Rutton, in the village of Lochfoot just off the A75 near Dumfries.

Glendarroch loch, Kirkcowan

Situated in the vicinity of the village of Kirkcowan and easily accessible from the A75 Euroroute, Glendarroch Loch is one of the region's coarse fishing gems. The loch is a small, gin clear estate loch which holds a large head of roach, rudd and perch. Carp have been stocked in recent years and are regularly caught whilst tench and bream up to 3lb are also present. The water fishes best under low light levels and in these conditions it is reputedly difficult to blank! Off road car parking is provided and there is some access for disabled anglers. Day tickets are available from Galloway Angling Centre in Newton Stewart, Tel: 01671 401333.

Sea Fishing in Galloway

Fishing marks in the west

The area around Loch Ryan and the coasts of Portpatrick down to the Mull of Galloway is famed for its sea fishing. Over 20 sea fishing records have been claimed by anglers fishing this area.

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Fishing marks in the south

The coastline around Kirkcudbright and its surrounding area is also well known as being very productive for shore fishing. Whilst the following information may be useful to help generally orientate sea anglers, for specific information please contact the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers.

To the east of Kirkcudbright, follow the coast road out of Mutehill where there are some good fishing marks directly in front of and to the south of the life boat station. The coastline in this area has steady rock formations that continue below water, forming canyons that are good for dogfish, cod, bass, pollack, saithe and rockling. The marks are quite obvious but do take care on the rocks. It can be very swelly here so make sure you wear a life jacket.

Sea Fishing.

To the west of Kirkcudbright, follow the B727 towards Borgue turning off where Brighouse Bay is signposted. When the road forks, follow the left hand fork (in the direction of Kirkcudbright Bay) but follow to Ross Bay. Fishing Bar Point (just north of Ross Bay) at high tide will mean that you are into some deep water, with a good likelihood of mullet and bass. In lower water, flounder are also caught. It's not really an area to spin in but is more suitable for beach casting.

At Brighouse Bay itself, the rocks to the east of the May are good for rockling and pollack. With a sandy bottom and it's relative shallow water depth, it's also one of the better places to catch flat fish.

If you've got the means to travel slightly further east, why not try fishing from the infamous Balcary Point near Auchencairn? Reknowned for its sea fishing it is famed for its cod, with an individual of over 40lb having been taken from the shore as well as record dover sole and conger. Boat fishing is also very productive in this area, with record bass having been taken.

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