The River Stinchar is one of the most productive of the west coast salmon rivers. Although largely a spate river the Ballantrae beat is tidal up to the old road bridge and fresh run salmon can enter the famous Bridge Pool even in very low water. During the summer months it is occasionally possible to count two to three hundred fish lying under the old bridge at Ballantrae.The salmon fishing season runs from February 26th until October 31st although there is an occasional Spring fish the salmon do not generally enter the river in any numbers before June. The average size of Stinchar Salmon is 8-9 pounds with a few larger fish.