No reports of any springers this week due to the low river levels but watch this space: rain is forecast and should be with us today (Friday). With fresh water pushing through the system, any fish will be on the move and start to make their way upstream.
It’s a great time to get out on the banks but bear in mind all early springers must be returned if caught before June 1. The association still waters have been quiet and any fish caught have been deep, but bucking the trend was Minnigaff angler David Moynagh. David braved the plummeting temperatures last Sunday afternoon to enjoy a spell of early spring sunshine at Wee Glenamour.
Fishing a sinking line with a team of three, he managed to take a brace of fish, both falling to the same fly, a March Brown Spider.
Nothing to report from the Black Loch this week but Jim at the Three Lochs is confident for the coming days as the water is now fully stocked with the smallest fish going a very healthy 2.5lb.
Kirkinner super rod Rory Crosbie had a red letter day at Jack’s Trout Fishery last week, taking 12 fish in a session while other rods struggled for three or four.
The flies doing the damage just now are Yellow dancers and buzzers.
Bream are showing in a couple of local waters again, with good nets on the cards at Three Lochs to swim feedered maggot over a bed of ground bait. Be careful not to over feed at this time of year.
Tactics should be little and often. If the bites slow down it’s a sign the shoal is becoming picky so slow down your feeding rate as well. It’ll be a different story when the water warms up as a big shoal of bream will suck up any amount of food and still want more.
For some reason the pike are still on a go slow. It could be that anglers are staying put in one swim and not prepared to go looking for the fish. With the water temperature so low, pike have a tendency not to stray too far and you need to almost drop a bait on their nose to get their attention but visiting angler Tom Petch from Newcastle took an nice 18lb fish during his weekend trip to Woodhall Loch north of Castle Douglas. Bait was a slowly spun smelt.
The sea scene remains in a dire situation with little or no sport on the cards as long as the dreaded easterlies blow but one or two fish can be winkled out with a little perseverance and the right bait choice.
Try Port Logan for coalies and maybe an early plaice. Worm baits should score but better still would be peeler crab – if you can get it.
At this time of year, look for the deep water marks around Kirkcudbright for any chance of sport. The Pinnacle, Fox’s Snout, Boreness and South Park should hold fish and, once the wind swings round, they should be on the move. Fish baits should account for any dog fish and rays.