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 In 1958 these rights were withdrawn following the resignation of the last surviving trustee.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
Our original 50 year lease for the right to fish Loch Whineyon expired in 2015. I’m pleased to say that after prolonged discussions we now have a further 50 year lease on very satisfactory terms. The loch has been lightly fished in recent years and that was the case again in the 2019 season, but now we have secure rights again we wish to try to re-establish boats at the loch, especially as we are allowed to use electric motors, unlike at Lochenbreck.
At the AGM the committee was tasked with trying to put up a 2 berth boathouse. This would be the easiest, safest and most secure way of using boats up there. However there is cost to consider and any construction has to be agreed with Scottish Water. You will be kept informed.
It was also decided at the AGM that Whineyon should revert to Fly Only.
We know that there are a lot of wild Brown trout in there even if they are not easy to catch. Most are smaller fish, say 4-8oz, but there are some specimens too. The Whineyon cup was shared in 2019 between Wlodek Guzek and David Mullholland, who both recorded fine 1lb 4oz fish.
Again there were well over 1100 rods at Lochenbreck during the 2019 season. Just under 2 fish per rod were caught, and here the fish are larger being stocked Rainbows, with 2lb being a typical fish. The quality of the fish supplied by the Ae Fishery was as good as ever with many “Blues” which are always popular. The Lochenbreck Cup was won by James Vasey with a monster estimated at 15-17lb. Jayden McVitie won the Junior Cup with a 2lb fish. Below are some highlights of the 2019 season sent in by members: and as we go through the coming season if you have a good picture you would like to be added to the website please be in touch.
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