Whether you prefer sea, coarse or game fishing, North Wales is a region that will have you hooked pretty quickly. Anglers come here to enjoy our hundreds of miles of coastline, legions of lakes (it’s the UK’s most lake-dense region after the Lake District), reservoirs and countless fast-running mountain rivers and estuaries.
North Wales has a long-tradition of sea fishing and you’ll find lots of small harbour villages along the coasts of Anglesey, Snowdonia and the Lleyn where you can buy your bait and charter a boat with an experienced and knowledgeable skipper. The rugged coastline, deep rocky marks and variety of sea beds including reefs and wrecks mean you’ll find a wide variety of species including bass, cod, pollack, rays, conger and mackerel.
There are a number of charters available around the coast of Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Lleyn:
Abersoch Angling, Abersoch
You don’t need need any experience or equipment as the skipper will show you the basics. Take home your catch and barbecue them for your supper – a great way to end a day on the water. Tel 01758 712646
Judy B Charters, Pwllheli
The Judy B can take up to 12 people, though two boats are available for larger parties. The skipper will take you around all of the well-known marks as well as some of the lesser-known wrecks and reefs. Tel 07973823738
Anglesey Charter Fishing, Holyhead
This family business operates fishing trips for experienced and novice anglers from the port of Holyhead. Fishing rods and reels available on boat. Wreck fishing for pollock, cod, coalfish and conger, as well as bass when in season. Tel 07711 984 952
Deep sea and wreck fishing from Cemaes Bay, for parties of up to 8 anglers. Stingray offers free advice and basic rods and tackle for beginners. Bait can be ordered in advance. Tel 01407 710 510
Charter fishing for experienced anglers who want distant deep water wreck and sport fishing and short fishing trips for visitors who want an introduction to the sport. Tel 01248 810 251
Wherever you stay in North Wales you won’t be far from one of the region’s lakes or fisheries. Nowhere in the world are you likely to find so much variety of first-class angling packed into such a small country. Just about all species are present, from gudgeon to big hard-fighting barbel to carp and pike. Whether you’re a novice wanting to learn the ropes, or are already an experienced angler, North Wales is the place to be.
Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead
A 20 peg lake, with disabled access. Well stocked with specimen carp, roach, perch, rudd, bream, tench and crucian carp. Dasy tickets available from the Parc Caffi and the NWWT Café.
Cwm Reservoir, Cwm Twr Farm, Holyhead
Holyhead Angling Club's own 0.75 acre lake. Disabled access. Stocked with carp, perch, crucian, rudd, tench, bream and roach. Tel 01407 763821
Llyn Bryntirion, Llanfairpwll
Llyn Bryntirion has carp, tench, roach and perch fishing on three lakes covering three acres. Permits from owner, John Naylor. Tel 01248 430 232
Bron Eifion Fishing Lake, Criccieth
This is an established lake, built as a water reservoir to supply the whole Bron Eifion estate in the 19th century. Well stocked with common and mirror carp, F1 hybrid carp, crucian carp, ghost and ghost koi carp, bream, tench, golden and blue orf, barbell, chub, roach and gudgeon. Tel 01766 523512
Eisteddfa Coarse Fishery, Criccieth
A five lake trout and coarse fishing complex which enjoys stunning views over to the mountain of Moel Hebog and Tremadog Rocks. For the game angler there are two trout lakes – one bait and fly and the other fly only. Tel 01766 523425
Parc Glasfryn Fishing, Pwllheli
Two purpose-made fresh water lakes which are naturally fed from flowing streams. Well stocked with quality carp, perch, roach, rudd and tench. Tel 01766 810202
Trawsfynydd Lake, near Ffestiniog
Brown trout, rainbow trout, perch, rudd and pike. Llyn Trawsfynydd is a multi-method lake, where there are large areas available for bank anglers to fish either bait or fly. There are several areas of bank for fly fishing only, and a fleet of 40 outboard motors available for fly fishing. Tel 01286 679628
North Wales has a huge network of rivers and lakes set amid majestic mountainous landscapes: it has long been a favourite destination for game anglers. With so much stunning scenery and such an impressive variety of fish, choosing your spot is often more difficult than actually landing a catch.
You will need a Welsh water licence to fish for all game species in addition to local permits or permission to fish.
Llyn Cefni, Llangefni
The 175 acre reservoir and the immediate surrounding area have been designated as a nature reserve. Llyn Cefni is the second largest lake on the Island. Permits available from the Anglesey Bait Centre, Beaumaris Tel 01248 810 009
Afon Erch, Pwllheli
The marina at Pwllheli is at the mouth of this river, which rises some seven miles north on the southern slopes of eastern Yr Eifl. An abundance of wild brown trout and good runs of seatrout and salmon later on in the year. Managed by Pwllheli Angling Association. Permits from D.E Hughes fishing Tackle, Pwllheli Tel: 01766 516005
Afon Dwyfor, near Criccieth
The river rises in the western mountains of Snowdonia and flows down through Cwm Pennant towards the lower land of the peninsula. Cwm Dwyfor, where the source of the river is, lies between Moel Hebog and the Nantlle Ridge. From here the river flows down through Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, then past Dolbenmaen, and down through woodlands to Llanystumdwy. On the banks of the river at Llanystumdwy is buried the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George who grew up in the village. Managed by the Dwyfor Angling Association who release trout to support the natural stock. Also salmon and sea trout. Permits and info from The Criccieth Tackle Box, Criccieth. Tel: 01766 523 633
Cwm Ystradllyn Reservoir, near Porthmadog
Managed by Pwllheli Angling Association. The reservoir is fished by any method, except maggot and ground-baiting. The water is fantastically clear which can be very productive for fly fishing. Permits available at The Tackle Shop, Criccieth Tel 01766 522805 and The Fisherman Angling Shop, Porthmadog Tel 01766 512464
Tan-y-Grisiau Reservoir, Blaenau Ffestiniog
This is the reservoir feeding the Tan-y-Grisiau Power Station. Well stocked with trout. Permits from The Fisherman Angling Shop, Porthmadog Tel 01766 512464
Trawsfynydd Lake, near Ffestiniog
Brown trout and rainbow trout. Llyn Trawsfynydd is a multi-method lake, where there are large areas available for bank anglers to fish either bait or fly. There are several areas of bank for fly fishing only, and a fleet of 40 outboard motors available for fly fishing. Tel 01286 679628. Permits from M. P. Atherton, Newsagent, Trawsfynydd Tel 01766 540234
Fishing Instruction & Further Info
If you are a novice, or would just like to fine tune your existing technique, why not book a course?
The North Wales Fly Fishing School offers courses for all levels of anglers, from one to three days. The type of fishing depends on the time of year and weather conditions. Mixed-ability groups are also catered for. Tel 07795 214 934