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Fishing in Dumfries

We manage fishing on the Nith and Cairn in Dumfries Burgh. Restrictions apply.

Fishing in Dumfries

CALL 030 33 33 3000 to apply

We manage fishing on the Nith and Cairn in Dumfries Burgh. Restrictions apply.

COVID-19 UPDATE ON FISHING

On Thursday 28 May 2020, the First Minister confirmed that angling was included under phase 1 of easing lockdown restrictions with effect from Friday 29 May, and updated guidance on travel (see the paragraph on Travel for exercise, recreation and to meet friends and family outdoors).

Our Council agreed at its meeting of the Ad Hoc COVID-19 Sub Committee on 24 April 2020 that it would reopen the waters it controls on updated advice from Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS). The updated angling resumption guidance is now available on the FMS COVID-19 webpage and is consistent with the phase 1 lifting of restrictions and the new travel guidelines.

WE CAN THEREFORE CONFIRM THAT THE NITH BURGH FISHING HAS BEEN RE-OPENED FROM FRIDAY 29 MAY 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE - whilst we may issue a ticket to fish, responsibility for adhering to all relevant Government guidance, social distancing and ensuring it is permissible for you to travel and participate in fishing lies solely with the applicant at no liability to our Council or the Common Good.YOU MUST NOT FISH IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Boundaries

Dumfries Burgh waters extend for 8 miles but most fishing activity takes place on:

  • River Cairn - 400 yards above Newbridge to the River Nith
  • River Nith - 300 yards above Martinton Bridge to the estuary

The Nith has about 20 named pools and the Cairn about 15. The mix of pools is suitable for fly, spinning and worming.

Season

  • Sea trout - 25 February to 30 November 
  • Brown trout - 15 March to 6 October
  • Salmon - 1 April to 30 November (except Sundays)
  • Grayling - 1 December to 24 February 

Regulations and restrictions

Regulations are included on our application form. All Government guidance around COVID-19 must be strictly adhered to and followed.

We have also adopted the Nith Conservation Policy (previously the Angling Code).

A condition of the fishing ticket is for the return of all catch data. this helps support the collection of data for conservation.

Permits - CALL OUR CONTACT CENTRE ON 030 33 33 3000 TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able to accept and process applications over the telephone and tickets will be issued via email. Alternative arrangements can be discussed with our Officers if this causes concern, please call our Council Contact Centre on 030 33 33 3000 to discuss. There will be no tickets issued from any Council facility.

Due to these restrictions, if you require to submit evidence of your eligibility for Easy Access etc, we will issue you with a temporary ticket which will expire within 10 days, which should give you enough time to email a copy of your evidence. Once verified, you will be issued with your full ticket by email. You will be required to pay for your ticket at the point of application and if you fail to provide the supporting evidence required, your ticket will expire after 10 days and no refund can be given. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EVIDENCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO GIVE US AS MUCH TIME TO VERIFY YOUR EVIDENCE AND PROCESS YOUR FULL TICKET.

Prices

Cognisant of the loss of some of the fishing season, prices have been reduced to reflect this.

 

Adult

Junior

Easy Access

Current prices for fishing permits in Dumfries

Season ticket - Nithsdale resident

£93.00

£4.50

£46.50

Season ticket - visitor

£140.00

£4.50

-

Weekly ticket - Nithsdale resident

£46.50

£4.50

-

Weekly ticket - visitor

£70.00

£4.50

-

Daily ticket - Nithsdale resident

£30.50

£4.50

Free
(maximum of 1 per week)

Daily ticket - visitor

£46.50

£4.50

-

Trout/Grayling ticket - Sunday ticket
(until 30 November)

£10.00

£4.50

Grayling only - including Sunday fishing
(November until February)

£25.00

£4.50

Residents of Nithsdale may be eligible for an 'Easy Access' concession if they can provide evidence that they meet any of the eligibility criteria. You must be:

  • in receipt of Job Seeker Allowance (income based)
  • in receipt of Income Support
  • in receipt of Universal Credit
  • aged over 65
  • a full time student
  • in receipt of Carers Allowance
  • in receipt of Employment Support Allowance
  • registered disabled
  • in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • in receipt of Attendance Allowance
  • in receipt of Personal Independence Payment
  • in receipt of Working Tax Credits
  • in receipt of Bereavement Allowance
  • in receipt of Widowed Parent's Allowance
  • Armed Forces personnel
  • a military veteran

Call 030 33 33 3000 or email fishings@dumgal.gov.uk for further information.

Page last updated: 01/06/2020
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