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 In 1958 these rights were withdrawn following the resignation of the last surviving trustee.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. 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
2018 Season Report
At Loch Lochenbreck, by the end of the 2018 season there had been over 1,100 rods. With the Beast from the East, and then prolonged heat and drought during the summer, the weather was not the best for trout fishing but despite that 1.9 trout per rod were caught, only slightly down on average. Fish quality, as ever thanks to Ae Fishery, was very good. Toward the end of the season when the water had cooled we put in some extra large fish, which generated some interest, and a best trout of 11lb 2oz was recorded. We will stock some more “whoppers” from time to time in the coming season.
Loch Whineyon was lightly fished as has been the case for the last few years with 40 rods. The wild browns are shy fish but they are there, and one of our best and most experienced anglers caught a specimen of 2lb. We hope that this year we will, at last, conclude a long term renewal of the lease with Scottish Water for fishing at Whineyon. With a secure tenure, your committee will have to decide how to manage the fishing there: leave as is, just wild browns from the bank? Re-introduce boats? Start to stock with browns again? Member’s views will be very welcome.
Finally, as the season approaches, if you have never fished but would like to start, or have forgotten how, please get in touch and we will find someone to help. See Contact Us under the More Pages tab.