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Salmon Fishing River Doon Scotland

O. S. Map 70

Loch Doon at the head of the river benefits the salmon fishing on the Doon by providing a compensation flow of water in times of summer drought, a benefit not available to the other Ayrshire rivers. Bonnie Doon, immortalised in the poems of Robert Burns, is an attractive and productive salmon river flowing 23 miles from the Galloway hills to its outfall just south of the town of Ayr.

In addition to the compensation water from Loch Doon, the river relies on rainfall to give of its best in terms of salmon sport. Before the dam was built on Loch Doon, the river had a reasonable spring run of salmon. Since then, the spring run has declined. The best of the fishing is now in September and October, with earlier months producing fish given adequate rainfall. The work of the River Doon Angling Improvement Association has proved effective in maintaining salmon stocks in recent years and the river enjoying catches in the region of 1500 salmon a year, taken on some excellent fly fishing beats such as Doonfoot, Smithson and Skeldon. Access to the best beats is restricted, being privately let or syndicated. Fishing is sometimes available to visiting anglers on a day ticket basis, particularly on the water controlled by the local angling clubs. At the top of the river, the Drumgrange and Keirs Angling Club offers day permits for their beat, which is highly productive in September and October.

Angling Clubs and Associations

Drumgrange and Keirs Angling Club

Mr T McClure, 17 Riecawr Ave, Dalmellington     tel: 01292551390

Patna Angling Club

Mrs Sheila Campbell, Parson's Lodge, Patna.

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 River Doon - Fishing Map

To view a larger scale map of a particular section of the River Doon click on a selected area of the maps below.

River Doon Map

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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