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Stranraer and District Angling Association was founded in 1974 and since then, has controlled and managed some of the productive trout fishing in South West Scotland. The waters available to visitors range from the traditional brown trout hill setting at Penwhirn to the lowland stocked rainbow loch of Soulseat.

No matter what your preference in still water trout angling, Stranraer and District Angling Association can satisfy your needs.

fishing uk at soulseat lochSOULSEAT LOCH (72 acres) is situated approximately 2 miles from Stranraer, by the village of Castle Kennedy. It is stocked regularly throughout the season with rainbow trout averaging 1 1/4lb with some up to 6lb. the excellent growth rate of this water produces superb quality trout which are very hard fighting. Method permitted are fly, bait and spinning. Boats are available and there is a disabled anglers fishing platform giving easy access to the car park.
Season starts 15 March - ends 6 October.

fishing uk at dindinnie reservoirDINIDDIE RESERVOIR lies approximately 1 1/2 mailes from Stranraer and is stocked regularly throughout the season with rainbow trout and has a brown trout population fromprevious years (best 5lb 9oz in 1999). This tranquil water is fly only and produces good sport given reasonable conditions. Buzzer fishing, especially in the evenings, can be particularly rewarding.
Season starts 15 March - ends 30 September.

fishing uk at penwhirnPENWHIRN is the largest of the waters set in high moorland - a truly wild loch in every sense. An abundance of natural brown trout which are very free rising given favourable conditions accepting most traditional patterns. Despite the remote setting, it's only a short walk from the parking area to the water. The ideal place to get away from it all. This is a fly only water.
Season starts 15 March - ends 30 September.

fishing uk at knockquhassenKNOCKQUHASSEN another local water within close proximity of the town but with a location of surrounding moors giving a feeling of seclusion. The stocking policy of recent years has resulted in a good head of hardy brown trout. This is a fly only water with a good hatch of sedges from mid May onwards. A dry fly can be particularly effective at these times.
Season starts 1 April - ends 30 September