Stranraer & District Angling Association Rules -2022


    1. The fishing season will extend from 15th March to 30th September except Knockquhassen, Soulseat,  and Dindinne,  which will end on 06th October. All unclean, undersized or out of condition trout will be carefully returned.PENWHIRN – FLY ONLY, size limit 9”, catch limit two per day; LOCH REE – FLY, SPINNING, with natural bait allowed after 01st May, size limit 12”, catch limit two per day, DINDINNE RESERVOIR – FLY ONLY, size limit 12”, catch limit two per day; BLACK and WHITE LOCHS and INNERMESSAN BURN – FLY, SPINNING and BAIT ALLOWED, size limit 12”, catch limit two per day; SOULSEAT LOCH and LOCH MAGILLIE, FLY SPINNING and NATURAL BAIT ALLOWED, Trout Powerbait may also be used, size limit 12”, catch limit two per day.N.B Only ONE rod may be used and must be held in hand at all times except at Black & White Lochs where TWO rods permitted for Pike. No Sunday fishing allowed at Innermessan burn. Barbed hooks may be used. Catch and release is allowed but once the limit has been taken the angler must leave the water.
    2. NO fishing is allowed on the Black and White Lochs within the following areas. From and including the Canal to the little Black Loch bridge and on the White Loch from end of Roadside Garden wall to the fence dividing Castle Park in front of Lochinch Castle from Kirkland.
    3. No members to fish Manse Lands “meadowsweet” between notice boards. Members fishing the Manse Lands without permission of the owner are liable to be banned sine die.
    4. Members shall exhibit on request to Lord Stair, his family, representatives or water bailiff, or to any member of the association.
    5. Members shall not leave litter, waste fishing line, light fires or disturb wildlife. Dogs, firearms, camping and boating are all forbidden on Association waters.
    6. Fly fishing with spinning rod/reel and bubble float is prohibited. Ground baiting, swim feeders only permitted at Magillie with Barbless Hooks for Coarse Fish Species.
    7. Fish caught on Association waters must not be sold.
    8. The Association is required by law to make a return of all migratory fish taken from Association waters. All members must make their return to the Secretary by 29th October.
    9. No Roach to be removed from Loch Magillie.
    10. The use of treble hooks whilst Bait Fishing for Trout is prohibited.
    11. Landing nets MUST be used when fishing Catch & Release on bait.
    12. No Brown Trout to be taken after 31st August.
    13. Only ONE Brown Trout to be kept in catch limit
    14. If a member contravenes any of the above rules or is convicted of illegal fishing or poaching, their permit will be forfeited and permission to fish will ipso facto cease.
    15. Any member found committing any of the following offences will be suspended sine die, Vis: poaching in any form, illegal fishing by drag hook, otter, or any other illegal instrument, or fishing waters other than the Associations without permission.
    16. Any member whose conduct is liable to bring the Association into disrepute may, at the discretion of the Committee, be suspended sine die. Members should not approach Committee Members or Bailiffs on connection with policy decisions, complaints or queries. These should be intimated to the Secretary or Chairman in writing.
    17. Each member will be held responsible for damages caused by him to property, fences, dykes, trees etc.
    18. The Association will not be responsible for accidents incurred by members while fishing.
    19. Exchange permits are valid for one day only and must be collected individually and in person and returned to the same issuing person by on the same day.
    20. Boats – On all waters where boats are operated, the method of fishing allowed will be in line with bank fishing rules in place for each water.  Boat Tickets available to non-members who must be accompanied by a member with a current Boat Ticket. No junior members under the age of sixteen are allowed in Association boats. Juniors 16-17 must be accompanied by an adult member. Anyone using boats do so at their own risk. Lifejackets must be worn. No Trolling Allowed. No Prawn Bait allowed. The use of float tubes are not allowed on S.D.A.A Waters.
    21. The Committee have the right to refuse any application for membership.
    22. The Committee have the right to amend any of the above rules at any time.
    23. Parking Regulations for Black & White Lochs. All cars, scooters, motor cycles and mopeds must be parked either at the KIRKLAND LODGE car park or in the designated parking area adjacent to Stair Estates offices at the Sheuchan Farm on the New Luce road with access to the loch via the field at the rear of the barn which leads to where the boat used to be moored.  Pedal cycles may be taken into Lochinch but NOT down the Main Drive. They must be parked well clear of driveways and in such a way at to cause no damage to shrubs, flowers etc.  Additional Parking for Boat Users at the White Loch.