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Fishing

Fishing is our speciality at Kirkwood.  Its what we are well known for, and we love it.

Boat Pool at KirkwoodGlide Pool at Jardine Hall

We not only have our own stretch (beat) of the River Annan – called Kirkwood – but we rent another beat – Jardine Hall – about 8 miles upstream. We can arrange fishing on several other Annan  beats or even  on other rivers like the Nith, and Border Esk.  Even the Rivers Eden and Tweed are not too far distant.  All these rivers, especially the Annan, are well known for salmon and sea trout. The Annan has improved vastly in the last 10 years catching on average over 2,000 salmon from the whole river.  It used to be better known for sea trout but also has some huge wild brown trout. We have a small loch in our woods for stocked trout – mainly for beginners.  There are local fisheries at Moffat and Annan for more stocked trout and stocked coarse fish; but the Annan itself has good wild coarse fish – grayling and chub in particular. Big ones! Grayling over 4lbs have been caught and Chub over 6lbs! Our wild brown trout are also reknowned as huge, with 6lbs-8lbs brownies being caught. Only our sea trout are “normal” – 2lbs on average – because we nearly always get a 20+lbs salmon at least once in a season! Here’s a summary:

Overview Salmon Sea Trout Trout Coarse Fish
Spring (Mar, Apr, May) Increasing numbers of salmon in the spring and best to try Kirkwood.  Catch & release only. A few in April but not many till late May. Again catch and release only. Lady’s Lochan at Kirkwood can be used but the river (esp Jardine) can produce big browns in the Spring Chub & grayling on the Annan at Kirkwood (if available) and especially Rotchell or other local fisheries.
Summer (June, July & Aug) Recently July and August (after good floods) have been excellent for Annan salmon (Kirkwood) Catch & release only. Traditionally the best time on the Annan – Kirkwood and Jardine Hall in particular. Best if there are not floods Try rainbow trout in Lady’s Lochan at Kirkwood or at local fisheries. Browns are  elusive in the river Grayling & Chub can be caught on the Annan (Rotchell) &  local fisheries are open and good.
Autumn (Sept, Oct, Nov) Traditionally the best time on the river Annan – Kirkwood & Jardine Hall. Catch & release only. Some are caught on the Annan by salmon anglers but all should be returned. Some are caught on the Annan by salmon anglers but all should be returned. Only Rotchell is available on the Annan. Other local fisheries are open.
Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) CLOSED till 25th Feb. Some are caught while coarse fishing. CLOSED till 25th Feb. Some are caught while coarse fishing. CLOSED till March. Some are caught while coarse fishing. Chub & grayling on the Annan at Kirkwood are good.

Fish from both beatsIsland Pool at Jardine Hall

Don’t just take our word for it! Read the editor of Trout & Salmon magazine’s Experience on the Annan

Fishing Prices Kirkwood Jardine Hall
Spring (Mar – Mid May) £40/day £128/week £25/day £80/week
Summer (Mid May – End Aug) £40/day £128/week £25/day £80/week
Autumn (Sep – Nov) £160 up to £256/week £96 up to £160/week
Winter (coarse only) £15/day £48/week £15/day £48/week


Below is a map of the main fishing spots on the Kirkwood beat roughly showing the pools. A better beat map is here and a video showing the river and the  pools is on YouTube