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Dumfries and Galloway has lots to offer the angler including five major game fishing rivers. It also has a great selection of lochs and stillwaters and superb coarse and sea fishing.


Loch Fishing

There are a great variety of trout lochs and reservoirs dotted throughout Dumfries and Galloway. You will discover many remote, peaceful lochs with clear waters and great fishing. Being generally low lying there is good insect life and lochs such as Mannoch, Whinyeon, Lochanbreck and Soulseat are large enough to be mysterious without being daunting and they all contain trout up to several pounds in weight. See the listing for Loch Fishing in Dumfries & Galloway

River Fishing

In the east of the region the Border Esk separates Scotland and England. Uniquely this river is administered under English law. It is best known for its fighting sea trout and impressive runs of salmon. Its neighbour the Annan, yields excellent salmon, sea trout fishing, superb brown trout and big grayling.

The River Nith is one of Scotland's leading salmon rivers know especially for its late running salmon or “graybacks” as they are called locally. The Rivers Urr, the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee, and Fleet are interesting and especially productive after a spate and the Cree, a delightful fly fishing river. Finally the River Bladnoch which flows into Wigtown Bay produces good numbers of salmon each season. See the listing for River Fishing in Dumfries & Galloway


South west Scotland is the warmest part of the country therefore it is comparatively rare to have lochs or ponds freezing over for long periods. This means that many of the fisheries have a year long season for rainbow trout and other introduced species so no matter when you visit you will be able to wet a line. Others remain open until November giving keen trout anglers another seven weeks of late season fishing after the brown trout fishing has closed. There are too many fisheries to mention but rest assured you will never be far from one of them!  See the listing for Fisheries in Dumfries & Galloway

Coarse Fishing

Lochs Ken, Heron and Ronald, are renowned for their spectacular pike fishing. There are many other waters offering carp, bream, perch, pike, roach and tench fishing. Local rules such as the compulsory use of barbless hooks and the banning of keepnets are increasingly common. Several rivers in the region also have good stocks of coarse fish. The Annan has chub and grayling and the Bladnoch contains pike, perch and roach. Without doubt this area has the most available coarse fishing in the country. See the listing for Coarse Fishing in Dumfries & Galloway

Sea Angling

Some of the finest sea angling Scotland has to offer is here. Twenty Scottish records are attributed to local waters, including the current Scottish shore caught tope from Lochryan, and the Scottish boat caught thornback ray from Luce Bay. The bay is renowned for its fantastic boat fishing and variety of species of fish. Most of Scotland’s salt water species of fish can be caught from the Solway and Mull of Galloway including cod, haddock, pollack, dogfish, mackerel, herring, ling, conger eel, spurdog, skate, plaice, sand dabs, coalfish, tope, bullhuss and bass. Bottom fishing with fish baits from boats is a great way to land tope, rays and occasional shark and skate. Rock marks around Portlogan and Ardwell regularly produce double figure pollack as well as other species including wrasse, cod, lesser spotted dogfish & coalfish. The Rhins Peninsula boasts of bass, bullhuss, conger, tope, thornback ray, pollock, plaice, cod, wrasse, tub gurnard, coalfish, lesser spotted dogfish and whiting. You have found the perfect venue for the visiting sea angler. See the listing for Sea Angling in Dumfries & Galloway