The Canals Trust have over 2,000 miles of waterway to look after for the many interest groups who use them. With so much water it is no wonder that fishing is high on the list of activities.
The Trust issues a Waterway Wanderers Permit that entitles you to fish on an impressive amount of water throughout England and Wales (for just £20).
First encountered the Taff in the mid 1980s, it reminded me of my boyhood river the Leven in Fife, both ravaged by pollution from coal mining, even had the same smell. It also looked like it was on the up and up.
Now the Taff is home to a good population of wild and stocked brown trout, grayling, coarse fish, particularly chub. It even has a growing name for salmon and sewin.
They also have right on the river Ely.
Glamorgan AA have fishing on the river in the city at a very inexpensive annual charge. Go to:
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None found. There is reference to Canada Lodge / Creigau Fisheries but no details on their web site.
Cardiff Bay offers the chance to fish for some good chub, roach, perch, carp, rudd, bream and pike. Permits also include fishing on the Taff at Hamadryad Park from Grangemoor Park to Sanitoriuam Park on the Ely.
There are 4 platforms for disabled anglers on the Ely just above Penarth Bridge.
Also sea fishing of the Northern end on the barrier wall.
Permits from the Harbour Authority, Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre, Channel View Leisuure Centre and local tackle shops. Day, week and annual availale at very reasonable prices.
The Wharfe Fishery manages the fishing on East Bute Dock, a carp fishey in the centre of the City. Well stocked and with fish piling on weight the biggest so far is Ebenhaezer who weighed in at 47lbs 2 ozs. Dare we say a fifty could be on. Must use a crane to life em out.
Season tickets only for this fishery and not badly priced compared to some fisheries with fish of similar quality. The ticket goes from 16th June to 15th June and closes for 2 weeks during spawning. Fishing by day or by day / night options, again a real positive.
As a bonus the water also holds some good pike.
For membership enquiries go to:
Google Map 51.469950, -3.160744 Post Code CF23 9AF
An 8 lake complex with 4 coarse lakes and 3 carp lakes there is also a Spring Lake which is with the holiday accomodation. The Ponds and Lakes are:
Lodge Lake, 5 acres has 12 swims. Stocked with quality fish, AE and Simmo carp that have grown on now with 250 in the high doubles, 60 are 20+ and 7 over 30lbs. Best fish a 37 pounder.
Carp Pond, 1.5 acres. with 3 large pegs, 2 doubles and a single, all for bivvies. Carp only with lots of mid teens and a number of 20 +.
Horseshoe, carp, similar details to carp pond.
Willow pond, 15 platforms with good paths makes this acccesible to disabled angers fishing for F1, skimmers and chub. 600 fish will keep you busy.
Match Pond, 40 pegs, heavily stocked with mixed coarse with carp and skimmers added recently. Good pole water with a centre island. Gravel path access to pegs.
Bridge Pond, 30 pegs. Mixed coarse with common, mirror and ghost carp, bream, F1s, chub, tench, roach and barbel.
Call 01633 681101
Google Map 51.557350, -3.115224 Post Code CF3 6LP
4 spring fed lakes;
Waycock, carp to 20lb+, ide, tencg, roach, bream.
Thaw silvers and tench.
Goldsland, 4 acres, carp, perch, ide, bream.
Reservoir, 2 acres, big grass and common carp, very big perch plus tench and ide.
Open all year, Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday except on Bank Holidays).
Call 02920 595929
Google Map 51.432328, -3.306446 Post Code CF5 6SU
Located in Parc Teddlerch, a wildlife park, the fishery benefits from a good supply of clean water providing an excellent environment for fish to thrive in. Stocks are impressive: common, mirror, leather, ghost and grass carp with lots of 30s, many 20s and doubles, some stonking plump biggies! There are also specimen tench and perch plus lots of golden rudd.
Day tickets can be bought on the bank from the bailiff or you can take a season day or a season day / night ticket. 50% reduction for under 16 or over 60s.
Google Map 51.499176, -3.126543 Post Code CF3 2HP
An attractive park run by the City Council, just a nice place to be on a pleasant day, maybe get a boat or a pedallo - or go fishing. Carp to 47lbs in those 30 acres of water formed when the Nant Fawr stream was dammed.
In addition to big carp there are tench, roach, rudd, bream and pike
Permits on site from the boating kiosk are inexpensive, call 02920 619828.
Google Map Post Code CF23 5PF
Glamorgan Angling Club
Glamorgam AC have an enviable portfolio of fishing in South Wales boosted by the recovery of so many of the rivers blighted for generations by pollution. Fishing for both coarse and game fish they have 8 stillwater venues and access to 5 rivers.
The stillwaters are:
Barry Pond, 2 ponds: Carols Pond holding tench, crucians, bream, roach, rudd, chub, perch common and mirror carp and Sues Lake common and mirror carp, tench, bream, roach, rudd, perch, pike and eels.
Bishops Pond, a 2.5 acre farm pond recently refurbished with new pegs. Carp, pike, perch, bream, roach, tench, rudd, eels.
Cardiff Bay, carp, bream, roach, rudd, chub, perch, mullet, pike, eels
Gribbles at Llantwit Major. A half acre fishery with roach, rudd, tench, crucians, bream, perch, eels. There is a well made path which might give some access to disabled anglers.
Llanthrithydd Lake near Bonvilston, carp, bream, roach, rudd, dace, perch, tench, eels.
Pysgodlyn Mawr, an SSSI which is accessible only by purchasing a key. Grass carp, carp, perch, tench, crucians, rudd, roach, bream, eels.
St-Y-Nyll, Top Pond, Peterston Spuer Ely. Pike, rudd, tench, perch, crucians, chub, eels.
Treose Pond, Bridgend. A popular club fishery with good facilities including 5 platforms for disabled anglers, 2 family platforms, 32 bivvie stands, and toilets with facilities for disabled. Carp, bream, roach, rudd, perch, tench, eels.
The rivers are:
River Ely, 39k miles long rising in the hill near Tonypandy. Chub, roach, brown trout grayling and eels.
River Taff, salmon, sea trout, brown trout, grayling, some big, chub and barbel and dace, roach, perch and eels.
River Trothy, chub, dace, roach, gudgeon, eels.
Usk, chub, dace, roach, gudgeon, eels.
Wye chub, dace, perch, pike, roach, bleak, gudgeon, eels, barbel. No Night fishing.
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