Glendarroch Loch is a heavily-stocked two-and-a-half acre estate water, which, given the right conditions, can produce some prolific sport. It’s a 16- peg venue and has an idyllic secluded setting among attractive shrubs, rhododendron bushes and trees. The water is shallow and weedy and like to many Scottish Lochans, it’s gin clear, so
the key to success is to pick an overcast day and fish early morning or late evening when it comes alive.
Traditionally the large shoals of rudd, roach, perch and skimmers have accounted for most of the catches. However, over the last few years good numbers of quality tench have become the target species. Carp in the 9lb-10lb bracket and some bream just over 5lb add variety to this water, while eels, a few crucians and albino catfish also feature for added interest. Pole and waggler tactics are the best methods with sweetcorn accounting for good weights and the better fish. To hold the fish in your swim, throw in a little groundbait, then fish maggot or corn over the top. As the bites increase switch to corn. On bright sunny days select the deep-water swims on the far bank and fish hard up to the numerous lily pads and weed beds. The deepwater pegs on the dam wall tend to be the most productive. There is car parking available and limited access to disabled anglers.
From Newton Stewart take the A75 towards Stranraer and after about four miles. Turn left onto the B733 heading towards Wigtown. Follow the road for a few hundred yards and turn left opposite the Estate gates, and follow this track for a couple of hundred yards to the fishery.
Day tickets: £4 from Galloway Angling Centre. Fishing dawn to dusk.
Contact: Duncan Vincent, tel. 01671 401333, or 01671 402124
Nearby tackle shop: Galloway Angling Centre, 87 Queen Street, Newton Stewart, tel: 01671 401333
Bans: No carp in keepnets, no litter, no fires, no night fishing, barbless hooks only may be used.
Main species: Roach, rudd, perch, bream, tench, carp, crucian carp, eels and albino catfish
Best baits: Maggot. casters. bread, sweetcorn, and luncheon meat