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Galloway Fisheries Trust

Fisheries House, Station Industrial Estate, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. DG8 6ND
Telephone: 01671 403011 · Fax: 01671 402248 · Scottish Registered Charity No. SC020751

Looking downstream on the River Cree

Brown Trout

Looking upstream on the River Bladnoch

Felling of commercial forestry in Galloway Forest Park

Looking upstream on the River Luce

North American Signal Crayfish

The sandy beach at Loch Grannoch

Belted Galloway Cattle, or 'Belties'

Fly fishing on the River Cree

Murray's Monument

A small upland burn

A stoneloach

The High Cree, looking towards Cairnsmore of Fleet

A small waterfall on the Buchan Burn

A salmon from the Kirkcudbrightshire Dee

Rod Catch Statistics

Since 1952 the official rod catch figures for each river show fluctuations, and certainly in the case of sea trout, significant declines in the overall catches. However as the official catch figures only go back as far as 1952 catches before this time cannot be determined and we can only rely on DSFB historical records (if they are available) or anecdotal evidence.

The figures presented below are the official catch statistics which beat owners have submitted to Marine Scotland (a legal requirement). GFT cannot guarantee the accuracy of these records. For more information see

The River Tweed famously has rod and net fishery catch records going back as far as 1855 and 1842 respectively and large fluctuations in the catches can clearly be seen over the whole time series as can changes in the run timing and sizes / sea-ages of the fish.

Below are figures showing the official catch statistics from some Galloway rivers for the last eleven years to show recent trends. Data shows rod caught fish only (salmon and grilse, sea trout and herling), with rod caught released fish included in the figures. These graphs do not show catches from nets (fixed engines, net & cobble) which have fallen significantly across the Solway as the net fisheries have closed over the years.

Water of Luce

Water of Luce rod caught salmon and sea trout (retained and released) 2002-2012

Water of Luce

River Urr

River Urr rod caught salmon and sea trout (retained and released) 2002-2012

River Urr

River Cree

River Cree rod caught salmon and sea trout (retained and released) 1952-2011

River Cree

River Bladnoch

River Bladnoch rod caught salmon and sea trout (retained and released) 2002-2012

River Bladnoch