• River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Working For The River Ayr And Its Tributaries

  • River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Working For The River Ayr And Its Tributaries

  • River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board Working For The River Ayr And Its Tributaries

What We Do

The River Ayr District Salmon Fishery Board manages the protection, enhancement and conservation of the Atlantic salmon and sea trout stocks in the River Ayr.

Salmon Fishing

The River Ayr is the largest of the Ayrshire salmon rivers and it has some excellent fly fishing water. As with all the Ayrshire rivers the River Ayr is primarily a summer and autumn fishery.

River Catchment

The River Ayr has a catchment area of 574 square kilometres and its principal tributaries include the Greenock Water, Lugar Water, Water of Fail and Water of Coyle.
 

Baffles receive their first real flow of water

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The newly installed Bogend Burn fish passes at Catrine had their first real flow of water down them this morning and ART staff attended to measure the rate of flow and compare that to the flows they recorded prior to installing the baffles. The water level was around 1/2″ up on any prior measured flow […]

New baffles to improve fish passage

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Mauchline and Ballochmyle Angling Club collaborated with Ayrshire Rivers Trust to improve fish migration into the Bogend Burn at Catrine where two culverts in the lower burn prevented most fish from migrating upstream. The Club secured funding from Cumnock and Doon Valley Minerals Trust to  allow both culverts to be retro fitted with baffle systems […]

Catrine Fish Pass modifications

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Work to remove the end wall at the fish ladder at Catrine Dam was underway in the last few days and while the timing was less than ideal, the work was considered to be the last remaining main issue that had to be resolved to improve fish migration through the dam. The only remaining action […]

Fish pass maintenance

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While the Board actively encourage landowners/operators to maintain their assets on the rivers within the catchment, it is not the DSFB’s responsibility to clear fish passes for them. Indeed the Board doesn’t empoly staff capable of doing so. The Board however, being a statutory body can pursue landowners that fail to manage and maintain fish […]

Changes to the Board’s operation

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The Ayr DSFB met yesterday for the first time since ‘lockdown’ commenced. The pandemic has made it impossible to hold a public board meeting or AGM for some time but there were urgent matters needing addressed and the Board met in open air yesterday to attend to these matters. Forbes Watson has been retained as […]