Spring springers sprung

Jamie Hyslop with his springer of around 7lb.
Jamie Hyslop with his springer of around 7lb.
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Spring is sprung, the grass is ris, I wonder where the fishes is.

They’re in the Cree – well, a couple anyway. It’s good to report a brace of springers this past week, the first, a 10lb fish from the Machermore beat by a visiting angler and then Jamie Hyslop managed to connect with a beauty of around 7lb from the Linloskin Pool.

Jamie fished a floating line with a sink tip and a one-and-a-half-inch tube fly on the business end. Both fish were released back into the water in line with current requirements that all fish landed before June 1 are to be returned.

On the subject of salmon, the River Cree Hatchery and Habitat Trust has an open day this Sunday, April 7, at the hatchery, 11am–3pm. Full details are on the trust’s Facebook page.

Glenquicken Trout Fishery has been out of action due to the heavy snow so no recent reports. Access was all but impossible but they did managed to get a rod on the bank last weekend and are up and running again. No reports as of yet from any association trout waters, but conditions have not been the best and, again, access has been a major issue.


The pike, bream and general coarse fishing has taken a dive this past week with freezing temperatures and snow melt going into the water systems. Conditions should pick up as the days get warmer but, to be honest, the wind needs to shift from the east and switch round to westerly before we get any real improvement.

Having said that, pike are coming ashore to dead baits at the Three Lochs, not in big numbers but an odd fish here and there should make the trip worthwhile, as would a session or two on Loch Ken or Woodhall.

Fish will be reluctant to move around in the current conditions so it could pay if you are prepared to go looking for the fish. One of the preferred methods is to fish a wobbled dead bait, that way a lot of ground can be covered and it has an added bonus – it keeps you warm!

All at sea

The sea scene just now is really struggling to put a smile on anglers’ faces with very little coming ashore.

The Peever SAC Easter Open last weekend was fished with 40 rods turning out to fish the Solway from Balcary right round to Creetown. Conditions weren’t the best, with high pressure dominating giving a flat sea and the wind in the east.

For most of the guys taking part, the highlight of the day was getting a pot of coffee before the morning’s registration in Gordon House. The competition was won by Castle Douglas match ace David Little with just two lesser spotted dogfish for a heavy bag weight of 3lb 10oz. Second spot went to Kirkcudbright’s David McGhie with 2lb 09oz and taking the last step on the podium was Geoff Clanahan, 1lb 14oz. The heavy fish went to Matt Kerr, Dumfries, with a 14.5oz flounder.

One small ray was landed but was undersized and not brought to the scales. All in all, the fishing across all disciplines is on the quiet side just now and will only improve with a rise in temperature and a shift in the wind to a more westerly aspect.