North Wales is undoubtedly one of the most scenic areas within the UK. As you drive to our North Wales caravan parks, expect rolling hills of green, luscious forests and even some dramatic seaside landscapes. While many who visit our caravan parks will opt for an adrenaline rush through the vast array of outdoor activities available in the area from mountain climbing to surfing, you can often run out of steam going from activity to activity without a break. However, there is one pastime that allows you to unwind within the outstanding natural beauty of the region; fishing.
For anglers, Wales offers a multitude of places to catch a variety of fish. North Wales, in particular, has many expanses of water where you can park your foldout chair and cast a line. These include the Llyn Maelog in Anglesey, as well as Llyn Tegid and Llyn Trawfyndd in the Snowdonia National Park. Along with these destinations, find out the best places to visit to try a spot of fishing on your Welsh retreat below:
The River Conwy, Conwy
The River Conwy in North Wales is around 27-miles long. You can expect to find salmon who come to these rivers from the surrounding sea to spawn late in the year. There are accounts of 20lb salmon being caught in the area! The Welsh river also makes up around half of the sea trout collected in England and Wales, and the best place for fishing is located in the lower section of the River Conwy. Llanrwst Anglers club offers fishing for local and visiting anglers, and the best time for catching sea trout is in July, August and September. The river is also an excellent place for spotting wildlife, so bringing a pair of binoculars could mean you will be able to spot kingfishers, grey wagtails, buzzards, dippers, peregrine falcons and nightjars around dusk.
Llyn y Gors, Anglesey
With stunning views of the Snowdonia peaks on the horizon and plenty of quality fish to be caught, the six-lake fishery of Llyn y Gors at Anglesey is a favourite among fishers in the area and the perfect place to relax. The private fishery has even made its name by ranking as one of the UK’s top ten. Anglers particularly love the grand-sized carp that swim in the waters. Other pools are home to hard-fighting carp, coarse species and pike. There is no doubt that fishing enthusiasts need to set aside a day to fish at this impressive establishment. There is a Tackle Shop on site, so you can get anything you need from there before you fish. The gates are closed between 9pm and 7.30am, and no fishing is permitted before gates open. Day tickets can be purchased, call 01248 713410 for more information.
Llyn Trawsfyndd, Snowdonia
Situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park lies Llyn Trawsfyndd reservoir. Llyn Trawsfyndd’s surface area measures approximately 1,200 acres, so there is plenty of room to fish. The lake is an idyllic location that is perfect for outdoor purists and those who want to take on the lakes fighting fish. Native brown fish are a favourite of those who visit, along with rainbow trout which are regularly stocked throughout the season. You might also reel in some pike, rudd and perch. Llyn Trawsfyndd is a multi-method lake, welcoming all types of fishers from bank anglers to fly fishing on the boats. With an average depth of 12ft, most of the fishing done at the lake is top of the water using floating lines.
Llyn Brenig, Denbigh Moors
For those who love fly-fishing, there is only one place to go in North Wales, and that is Llyn Brenig. The stunning location is recognised as one of the best top-of-the-water fisheries in the UK, and a favourite spot for many, with anglers travelling far and wide to experience fantastic fly fishing in the huge body of water. Llyn Brenig has even hosted International, Commonwealth and World fishing competitions. The reservoir offers both bank and boat fishing and helps test your technique as the boats drift in the breeze, as you reel in rainbow trout. It is best to book a boat for fishing, and it is fly only on the reservoir.
Glasfryn Parc, Pwllheli
Head to the Glasfryn Parc to spend a day coarse fishing in the freshwater lakes here. The lakes are naturally fed from the streams and are regularly stocked with carp, rudd, tench, roach and perch. You can even fish here during the evenings under pre-arrangement. The lake has a few rules in place for fishers, such as fishing from pegs only, barb-less or micro barbed hooks may be used, unhooking mats for large carp must be used, maximum of two rods per person, and fish must be returned to the water immediately after capture. Fishing licenses are required for Glasfryn Parc and can be purchased from Pwllheli. Booking in advance is recommended; you can call on 01766 810 000.
If you’re looking for the perfect holiday destination for a fishing retreat, look no further than North Wales. Our caravan parks are the ideal base for you to try out each of these fantastic lakes, reservoirs and fisheries!
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Updated July 2018.