We were able to fish the 2021 season almost as normal. Membership and visitor numbers recovered to where we expect them to be and some good fishing was had. Looking forward, at present no Covid related restrictions are in place.
There was a hot spell for about 3 weeks in the summer during which returns were predictably poor. Otherwise, the loch fished well and the Rainbows were of very good quality. The Lochenbreck Cup was won by Scott White with a fine fish of 11lb 4oz.
The loch was lightly fished again last season. This is a wild brown trout loch, beautiful fish usually around the 6-8oz size. However there are some specimen fish too, and the Whineyon Cup was won by Callum Wright with a 2lb brownie.
If you catch a good fish at either loch and would like a photo to go onto the website please get in touch.
History of the Club
Gatehouse Angling Association was founded in 1927 when 6 trustees were granted the fishing rights on Loch Whinyeon and the lower River Fleet by the Cally Estates. In 1958 these rights were withdrawn following the resignation of the last surviving trustee. The Association then acquired the fishing rights on Lochenbreck and Woodhall. The rights on Woodhall were given up in 1966. Loch Whinyeon was leased to the Association for 50 years in 1965 with the lease being renewed in 2019 for a further 50 years. At the A.G.M. of 1965, the Gatehouse and Klrkcudbright Angling Association was formed.
Lochenbreck was stocked with Brown Trout until 1969, when Rainbow Trout were introduced. After a 70s experiment with Brook Trout Rainbows were re-introduced in1989, since when they have been stocked regularly throughout each fishing season.
Our season runs from March until the end of October when the boats are taken off, although members can fish from the bank until the end of November. Whinyeon remains a Brown Trout only fishery, with fishing only from the banks.
This comparison of catches at Lochenbreck makes interesting reading:
1973: total fish caught=1142
average weight 2.56oz.
number over 4 ozs. 162
number of rods 221
James Vasey with his Cup-winning fish, estimated 15-17lb, caught in August 2019.
Rob McAlpine with a 10lb Rainbow
Caught August 2019
Rob Miller with a 10lb Rainbow
Caught March 2019