Good populations of wild brown trout are present in all the  hill waters of the Carsphairn area. Average sizes are mostly 8-10 inches but larger trout are caught in the Deugh and Ken rivers and in local lochs. In 1988 a wild brown trout over 17 pounds was angled from Loch Doon.  Fly fishing is successful from late April or early May when the main hatches of aquatic insects normally begin. The trout fishing season  runs from March 15 – October 6 inclusive.


The shop in Carsphairn Shop sells tickets for the Dalry Angling Association for Carsfad Loch and the River Ken in Dalry.   They also sell tickets for the Forestry Commission Lochs, most of which are South of the village. The shop also can give information on who to speak to regarding fishing on the stretch of the River Deugh behind the shop.

The upper reaches of the Deugh and Ken are controlled by the New Cumnock Angling Association. Bank fishing on the stretch of the Deugh from the bridge at Carsphairn down to Loch Kendoon is permitted only by permission of the riparian owners of the fishing rights (who are not always the land owners).  Members of Carsphairn Angling Club have permission to fish on the River Deugh from Marbrack Burn to the Loch, but by boat only. Some other stretches and tributary burns can sometimes be fished with permission of riparian owners.


Free fishing is available on Loch Doon which is 10 miles long and holds a large head of trout and perch plus South Scotland's only remaining natural population of Arctic char. Some salmon also reach the loch from the River Doon in September and October. Access to the remote Carsphairn (Galloway) side of Loch Doon is by foot from the A713 while the whole Ayrshire shore is served by a road which joins the A713 at Mossdale farm a mile south of Dalmellington.  For the mobile angler Carsphairn is well situated for reaching Galloway Hills' trout waters as well as the salmon and sea trout rivers of both Galloway and Ayrshire. September and October are normally the most productive months for salmon fishing on the Cree, Fleet, Urr, Doon, Girvan and Stinchar. 


For further information please contact the village shop on 01644 460568 or local fish and wildlife expert Robin Ade on 07791 529 487 or visit