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).
Monnow Valley Fishery
1 mile of the Monnow with game and coarse fishing for trout, grayling some salmon and chub. Salmon have been rertuning since 2008. Good dry fly fishing for the excellent Monnow trout in May and June.
3 game and 3 coarse tickets daily, book through the Wye and Usk Foundation web site.
Google Map 51.831329, -2.757145 Approx Post Code NP25 5QE
Monnow, Trothy, and Wye
Coarse fishing, trout and grayling see Monmouth Dist AA below.
Spinfish could not do the range of fishing justice here, there is so much on offer but The Fishing Passport has it all. For details of 23 salmon beats and 17 wild trout water go to:
Pant y Goitre
Located near Abergaveny the fishery offers salmon and brown trout fishing on the Usk.
Prebook by calling 01873 840173 or you can buy at the house. Salmon or trout only tickets available.
Google Map 51.772294, -2.946776 Post Code NP7 9BB
For information and booking on many beats and tributaries of the Wye go to Fishing Passport Wye Beats
Upper Wye - 14 salmon and trout water and 11 wild stream
Monnow - 3 salmon and trout water and 16 wild streams
Irfon and Ithon - 7 salmon and trout waters and 7 wild streams
Middle Wye - 26 salmon, trout and coarse waters
Lower Wye - 12 beats for salmon and trout.
Bit of a choice to keep you busy.
Boat and bank fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout (stocked and wild). Fly fishing all over the lake however they also allow ledgered worm fishing on the east bank.
The reservoir also contains good stocks of coarse fish including bream, roach, dace eels and pike. Fishing allowed all year for coarse fish (except for pike which is allowed 2 days a week between March and October). Llandegfedd is where the UK record pike came from, 46lbs 13ozs
There is a wheelyboat available. Call 01633 373408. Toilets and other facilities at the Visitor Centre which has a shop.
Google Map Reference 51.691083, -2.970305 Post Code NP4 0SY
Bigwells Fly Fishery
An attractive fishery near Redbrook where you can fish for wild brown trout (C & R only) and for stocked rainbows, blues and tigers. There are fish in the 5 to 12lb range all catch and release.
Options for tickets are Catch and Kill, 1 fish then pay per fish taken; Catch and Release 10 fish limit or a combined catch and kill and catch and release.
The Fishery has a lodge serving hot and cold food and drink. Comlimentary tea and coffee. There is tackle on sale.
The fishery is accessible to disabled anglers and has a toilet with facilities for disabled persons.
Google Map 51.783808, -2.667398 Post Code NP25 4NB
Fair Oak Fishery
An attractive clear water, spring fed fishery in Arvans near Chepstow. There are to large lakes and a small pool stocked with rainbows and brown trout.
The fishery is season tickets only with Full, Weekdays and Weekend options. Call 01291 689711
Ravensnest Trout Fishery
The fishery located in woodland near Tintern is actually part of the river Angiddy with weirs separating it into three fishing pools covering 7 acres. These weirs act as waterfalls oxygenating the water and acting as a magnet to fish. It's only the second fishery I have found that has water flowing through it and if fish hang about for a while they will be fitter rather than fatter which is great sport.
Stocked weekly with rainbows, blues and tigers the fishery also has good stocks of brown trout to about 4lbs.
The Pump House has all the facilities you might want with a free cuppa available but you can also buy other hot and cold drinks and food. They may even be licensed now. There is also a tackle shop in the pump house. Open 7 days a week from 7.30 am to 9.30 pm they offer catch and keep and catch and release tickets and an "After Work" evening ticket. For a quid you can, if lucky, catch a tag fish and win the kitty.
Call 01291 689564
Google Map 51.696394, -2.719538 Post NP16 6TP
Grange Springs Fishing Lakes
The fishery has 2 lakes one a mixed coarse fishery while the other is a specimen carp lake with fish to 30lbs plus.
There is a lodge on site with kitchen, toilets and showers.
Call 07969 460850
Google Map 51.713312, -2.734440 Post Code NP16 6QN
Fishing on the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal between bridges 73 and 77, Llanover near Abergeveny. Day and season tickets available from the Visitor Centre reception.
The canal has ample parking near the water and is easily accessible for wheelchair users. There is one platform for wheelchair users near the centre. Facilities include a cafe on site with a kids play area.
Google Map 51.752017, -2.996572 Post Code NP7 9EW
Mathern Mill Fishery
In Mathern near Chepstow, 2 lakes one with carp, lots of doubles with some going to 20lbs, the other lake with tench, chub, rudd and bream. You can get your car to the swims.
Call 07801 513943
Google Map 51.619138, -2.697429 Post Code NP16 6JP
Pen y Clawdd
3 lakes to about 4 acres in an attractive setting near Dingestow offering coarse fishing for carp, bream, some real chubby tench, barbel and roach.
Call 01600 740223
Google Map 51.770398, -2.814257 Post Code NP25 4BG
Located near Monmouth Redhill Fishery has 5 lakes for pleasure and match fishing:
Penny's 40 pegs 2 to 14ft deep. Common carp, F1s, tench, roach, rudd, barbel, chub, bream, golden tench. Favoured by pole anglers.
Sophies, 21 pegs with mirror and common carp to doubles, tench, roach, rudd.
Molly's and Micky's 13 pegs each, both have carp to 7lbs and good tench.
Tilly's 30 pegs, 4 to 14ft deep with carp to 20lb plus, tench, roach, rudd, bream and chub.
Call 07816 854301
Google Map 51.800466, -2.743151 Post Code NP25 4DQ
The fishery near Dingestow consists of 4 spring fed lakes :
Willow Lake is 1.25 acres with 1 island stocked with carp to 28lbs, tench, roach and rudd.
Kinfishery is .75 acres, 20 pegs, carp to 25lbs, good tench
Holly Ponds have a combined 25 pegs.
Night fishing is allowed but for a minimum of 2 anglers. Site open 5.30am to 8.30pm. 24 hour CCTV on site.
Some pegs are suitable for use by disabled anglers.
There is a snack bar on site, bait for sale, toilets and a washroom.
Call 01600 740236 or 07766 583813
Google Map 51.775932, -2.780497 Post Code NP25 4BQ
Monmouth and District Angling Society
Fishing on 3 rivers and lakes. The rivers are:
Lower Wye, Dukes Beat, from the road bridge down to the junction with the Trothy fishing for barbel, chub and grayling outwith the salmon season only.
Upper Wye, 1k alongside the Hadnock road, chub and barbel.
River Monnow, 3m for trout, grayling, chub, dace, perch and roach.
River Trothy, 5 m fly and worm for wild brown trout.
Treowen Lake, 3 pools with mixed coarse fish. Google Map 51.795415, -2.778066 Post Code NP25 4DL
Trippenkennet Lake, 8 miles from Monmouth in Hereford. MDAS have an ageement for members to fish here, there are2 lakes:
Willow, 3 acres, common and mirror carp to 10lbs plus crucians, tench, bream, roach. The fishery has good access for wheelchair users and is set up to support people with special needs.
Oak Lake has mirror and common carp to 20lbs plus crucians. Google Map 51.898275, -2.726594 Post Code HR2 8LZ
Membership is inexpensive with concessions for over 64s, juniors, disabled. There is a family membership also. Membership from Wye Angling, Unit 5, Croft Court in Ross. Day tickets for Handyman House in Monnow St, Monmouth .
Google Map 51.795415, -2.778066 Post Code Handymans House.