Fishing in Dumfries & Galloway

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  • A man fishes for pike on the edge of Loch Ken
    Pike fishing on Loch Ken
  • Man fishing up in the River Annan with the clock tower of the town hall in the background
    River Annan
  • The River Luce is renowned for its stocks of salmon and sea trout
    River Luce

There’s no better place to challenge yourself to a day’s fishing than the scenic unspoilt rivers and lochs of Dumfries & Galloway.

Salmon fishing

The River Nith is regarded as one Scotland's most productive rivers, both for salmon and sea trout and there are few Scottish rivers which can match it for its quality of fishing. Whilst famous for its large 'greyback' salmon, several thousand salmon of all sizes are captured in the river every year, along with similar numbers of sea trout. The rivers Annan and Esk are also highly regarded and offer fishing for salmon and sea trout of the highest calibre while the River Cree, particularly around the Penkiln and Palnure Burns, offers some exciting fishing for salmon anglers with stocks of fish in spring and summer. The region’s most westerly river system, the River Luce, is also renowned for its good number of salmon, and sea trout, while the River Bladnoch, with stunning setting among the Machars of Galloway, has some of the best salmon fishing in the region. It is one of the few west coast rivers to retain its spring run.

Trout fishing 

The main trout rivers in Dumfries and Galloway are the rivers Annan, Nith and Esk with some opportunities in the Rivers Cree and Bladnoch as well. All have good populations of wild brown trout and grayling, many of which are of specimen size and are readily available to visiting anglers. There is also a wealth of small river fishing and many lochs are stocked with rainbow trout.

Coarse fishing

Dumfries & Galloway has become one of the top coarse fishing destinations in Europe. Loch Ken is known to have some of the hardest fighting pike in the world. The area also boasts the greatest variety of coarse fish species in Scotland and consequently holds no less than three Scottish records for the largest chub, bream and tench ever recorded. 

Sea fishing

Around the waters of Stranraer in Dumfries & Galloway, anglers have the opportunity to catch some record breaking fish. There has been no less than 20 Scottish records set on these waters including the Scottish shore Tope record; a 54 lb fish caught in Lochryan. The Scottish Boat record, a hornback ray of 29 lb 89 oz was caught in Lucy Bay and the Scottish Shore Bass record of 15lbs at Almorness Point.