With reservoirs, rivers, lakes and miles of coastline, Wales has a lot to offer those keen on fishing. The varied landscape means that whether you choose inland freshwater or head for the shoreline, there will be a site to cater for you.
In the north, the stunning landscape of Snowdonia can provide some scenic spots for fishing. The vast Llyn Trawsfyndd reservoir is a great place to visit. There are activities on and around the water for all the family, including walks through the surrounding woods and mountain biking trails. It is also a great place to watch wildlife, with the chance to spot an elusive otter or osprey. The lake fish stocks are managed by a local angling association and the fishing season runs from February to December. The lake is stocked throughout the year with rainbow trout, as well as being home to native species, including brown trout, perch, rudd and pike. The site is multi-method, so offers a range of options. Whether you want to bait or fly fish from the bank, Llyn Trawsfyndd can cater, as well as having boats available for hire. Floating or intermediate lines are recommended for success here – to find these or to update your kit, check out the range available at Fishing Hut.
Further south, another striking fishing location can be found in impressive surroundings of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Llangorse Lake is the largest natural lake in Wales. Known for pike, Llangorse also hosts other native species, with perch, eels and large shoals of roach. A key feature of this site is that bank fishing is not permitted; instead rowing boats provide access. Situated in a National Park, a visit to fish at Llangorse Lake can easily be combined with exploring the beautiful landscape around it, with local centres offering a range of activities. The location in a National Park mean the site has a range if conveniently close accommodation options, from camping to caravan parks to holiday cottages.
If you prefer salt to freshwater, Wales also has something for you. The extensive Welsh coastline can offer an inspiring backdrop to sea fishing, with the chance to catch your own mackerel. Why not try sea fishing off the Pembrokeshire coast? There are various options, including introductory organised trips which can give a taster to the novice. For instance, the company Sea Fishing Tenby runs trips out on the waters between Tenby and Caldey Island, providing any equipment needed. Boat trips like these can offer a great new perspective shoreline landscape, as well as the opportunity to see coastal wildlife in its element, such as a glimpse of seal colonies off the Welsh coast.