Information on Dumfries Common Good Fishings, prices, dates and where to obtain permits.

Although the fishery extends some 8 miles or so, most of the activity is focussed on about 2 miles of the Nith and 1.5 miles of the Cairn (both banks with only some minor restrictions). The Nith has about 20 named pools the Cairn about 15. The Nith runs through the town from the estuary to about 3/4 mile above the town centre and the fishery includes 2 miles on the lower Cairn. There is a mixture of pools suitable for fly, spinning or worming; no Sunday fishing.

Bag restrictions apply. The last five years' catches average 387 Salmon annually (of which 132 returned) and 125 Sea Trout annually (of which 59 returned).

Proximity to the town allows easy access to accommodation, toilets and refreshments. Much of the water is accessible from footpaths and nearby car-parks - for example the Cakewalk and the Millgreen . These particular areas can be extremely productive for worming or spinning in medium to high water conditions in the Autumn.

The Dumfries Burgh Waters is a Common Good Fishings run by the local council. There are no restrictions on the number of tickets sold, and discounted rates are available for permanent residents of the Council's own area. Tickets can be bought on the day from the Council office or from REEL-EM-IN 70 - 72 Friars Vennel, Dumfries DG1 2RL.

Season and weekly (6 days) rates are available only from Council Office at Queensberry Street.

Rivers Nith and Cairn
Salmon, sea trout and brown trout.
Season - 25 February to 30 November.

River Cairn from 400 yards above Newbridge to the confluence with the River Nith.
River Nith from 300 yards above Martinton Bridge to the estuary.

Categories of tickets

Please note: Tickets will not be available until 20th February.

ADULT/JUNIOR (up to and including 16 years)


  • Resident Nithsdale
  • Resident Dumfries and Galloway outwith Nithsdale
  • Visitor

Current prices can be found in the application form.

In addition, day tickets can be purchased from REEL-EM-IN 70 - 72 Friars Vennel, Dumfries DG1 2RL.

Accommodation enquiries can be made to Visit Scotland Information Centre, 64 Whitesands Dumfries DG1 2RS (Tel 01387 253862)

Additional Information

Before purchasing a fishing permit you are required to complete and sign a word icon Gyrodactylus salaris Declaration [44kb]. This will help ensure that our river remains Gs free. If you are unable to make either declaration you will be unable to purchase a permit.

More information on this parasite can be found at on the Gs Parasite Information.

Fishing returns

Note: It is a condition of the issue of a Fishing Ticket that full particulars of all fish caught should be reported on the forms below, not later than 1st December of the relevant year. Nil returns, where appropriate, are required.

Related Information

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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