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Trout Fishing in North Wales: Lakes, Rivers & Fisheries

From fisheries to rivers, trout fishing in North Wales offers plenty of opportunities to switch off from the outside world or enjoy a different afternoon with your family.

But when and where should you plan this activity? Here’s a simple guide to get you started.

When can you fish for trout in Wales?

Usually, you can fish for trout from late March all the way to October in Wales (the winter closure is there to give them a chance to breed in the wild), although this might change slightly depending on the area. Don’t forget that you’ll also need a licence from the Environment Agency.

When it comes to fisheries, on the other hand, you can usually go trout fishing in North Wales all year round as long as they’re open.

What time of year is best for trout fishing in North Wales?

The best time of the year to go trout fishing in North Wales really depends on a number of factors, and you actually have good chances of catching them regardless of a specific month. However, given the abundance of food and rising temperatures, spring tends to be the most rewarding time.

Where to go trout fishing in North Wales: 7 best fisheries & locations

1. Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery - Penmaenmawr, Conw

Picture a two-and-a-half-acre lake right on the edge of the mountainous Snowdonia but less than a five-minute drive from the sea.

While the location alone is a pretty big plus, the service that you’ll receive at the Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fisher is also what makes it the best place for trout fishing in North Wales, from free coffee and tea to a tackle shop with everything you could possibly need.

Your day will usually involve a four-hour slot, and the wide range of available fish will keep it varied: you can catch brown, blue, rainbow, and tiger trout between 2 and 22lbs.

Luckily, this excellent fishery is only fifteen minutes away from our Conwy Lodge Park.

2. Lyn Brenig - Cerrigydrudion, Conwy

With 14 miles of shoreline and options to hire a boat, the Llyn Brenig reservoir is widely considered one of the very best top-of-the-water fisheries not only in Wales, but throughout the entire UK.

Hard-fighting wild brown trout from local streams, high-quality tiger, and over 36,000 of the rainbow variety: you just can’t go wrong with Llyn Brenig when it comes to trout fishing in North Wales!

You can head there for fly fishing or to the nearby Alwen Reservoir if you’d rather opt for spinning, single natural worm, or natural fly instead.

3. Eisteddfa Fisheries - Pentrefelin

This fishery consists of two well-stocked lakes: families and beginners get to experiment with both fly and bait fishing at the Trout Lake, whereas more experienced anglers will certainly enjoy fly fishing at the two-acre-wide Fly Lake.

The Eisteddfa Fisheries also welcome non-fishers and boast a lovely on-site café with drinks, cakes, and full meals, so it’s the perfect place to spend some quality family time. In fact, amongst other tickets, this fishery has a £22 option for families of four (a real bargain, if you ask us).

4. River Dee

If you’d rather go trout fishing in the wild, then head to the river Dee, and especially the area around Llangollen.

As well as the most common brown trout, you might even catch some sea trout, salmon, and grayling.

You can get day and week tickets or a full membership through Llangollen Maelor Angling, or discover even more renowned rivers and spots for trout fishing in North Wales here.

5. Tan-y-Mynydd Trout Fishery - Abergele, Conwy

Consisting of five different pools, the Tan-h-Mynydd Trout Fishery has something for everyone, from beginners to families and experienced anglers.

While they offer lots of ticket options, you might actually want to consider a yearly membership since they’re open 364 days a year.

Psst. This fishery will also pamper you with free coffee and tea.

6. Crafnant Trout Fishery - Trefriw, Conwy

Llyn Crafnant, a 63-acre-wide lake, is located in a valley surrounded by breathtaking hills: the most peaceful place for some trout fishing in North Wales!

Stocked with both brown and rainbow trout, this fishery offers several ticket options (including families and groups) from March to October.

7. Wal Goch Fishing - Nannerch

Tranquil and plunged in greenery, these two-acre lakes stocked with brown and rainbow trout have been around since 1920.

However, the actual Wal Goch house dates all the way back to 1560. You really couldn’t find a more suggestive historical place for your fishing trip!

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