Coarse fishing report - September (05/09/2022
Its been such a hot summer that our river coarse fishing has really suffered, with a lot of the summer barbel and chub fishing on the Wye being affected. That said in recent week or two the temperatures have dropped, and people are now catching lots of barbel on the angling club and Fishing Passport beats, but with some blanket weed reported so bear this in mind. Jake Jones and Bec Goodliffe (below) have enjoyed catching some nice double figure barbel on angling club water near Monmouth recently.
The Taff is another river with big barbel and this year it has produced lots of big chub as well on the Glamorgan anglers stretches. If we have some water here it will perk things up and some really big barbel could come out as a result.
Grayling fishing should kick back into life in the autumn, this fish requires a lot of oxygen to thrive, so this summer hasn’t been good for them, as soon as the water temperatures and height allow trotting will be a great method on the Wye, Irfon, Dee, Severn and Taff, all famous Welsh grayling rivers.
The feeder fishing natural venues have been hit by very low levels – Dolygaer (Merthyr Angling) has completely run dry, however the club were able to rescue several ton of bream, skimmers, perch and pike and transferred them to Pontsticll reservoir, which is very low but is still fishable. Below, Dolygaer reservoir at low level.
Wales small fisheries have continued to fish well through the summer holidays, with carp being the main target, a fish that can handle warm water conditions and is very hardy. Venues such as Dyfffryn Springs, Tri Nant, Hazel Court, Llyn y Gors and Llandegla have great stocks of carp from a few pounds to double figures and offer great value fishing.
For the big specimen carp lakes Caerphilly castle moat, Cefn Mably, Gweryd lakes, New Celtic lakes, Llyn Cae Ty Nant syndicate, Wharf Fishery Cardiff and White Springs in particular have produced fish from 25lb to well over 30lb. September is good month for specimen carp fishing when the turnover in conditions can get the really big fish feeding.
For the lure angler perch are being caught, in good numbers in Cardiff bay lagoon using LRF tactics and small jig heads. It is weedy here however, so you need to fish in the gaps or tight in the margins. Lloyd Thomas below.
September going into October is some of the best mixed coarse fishing of the year and should we see a dramatic fall in temperatures at the end of the month pike fishing could well be back on the agenda.
Finally, congratulations to the Welsh ladies carp team who came 5th in the Women’s Carp Fishing World Championships 2022 held in Oxford last week. They beat France, Italy and Hungary by a significant margin, these are countries that are renowned for their carp fishing, so can be considered a great result and bodes well for the future.
Fishing In Wales - June Coarse Fishing Report (28/06/2022)
The river Wye season began on June 16th – plenty of people fished the Welsh sections particularly around Monmouth on club water. It really was a slow start for the barbel, however plenty of small chub and eels have been caught.
Things have just started to pick up, with some rain and cooler temperatures very much welcome after a hot mid June, with barbel showing in the catches over most of the stretches. Kevin Clark (below) doing well with simple pellet and feeder tactics.
July should prove to be much improved based on the forecast. What’s more there hasn’t been any algae bloom this year, with the river looking great despite being low, fry and weed coming back – a great sign for the future.
The Taff on Glamorgan angling club water has been fishing well. This is a wonderful mixed fishery in the Cardiff area – except chub, barbel, grayling, trout and even the odd perch lower down the stretch. Trotting with maggots or a big lump of meat for the barbel seems to be the favoured methods. Chub to 6lb have been reported and barbel into double figures. Day and season tickets for Glamorgan AA on the Taff are available in Garry Evans Tackle Whitchurch road, Cardiff.
Chub have been reported on the lower Rhymney River on Caerphilly AA water and below to Llanrhymney. This river has some surprisingly good sized ones, and a few barbel too. The Rhymney also has prolific grayling stocks to aim for, if the water temperatures are cool enough. We have also heard of some nice tench coming out of the Welsh waters, Rhian Bomber of Ladies Carp team (below) with a 5lb 4oz PB from a lake in the Rhondda.
On the carp front the warmer weather of June stopped play briefly whilst spawning took place. This has now pretty much finished, so all of the usual ‘big fish’ venues such as White Springs, Cefn Mably, Caerphilly moat, Celtic Lakes, Llyn y Gors, Wharf fishery will be fishing well.
For the general all round coarse fishing June has been good and July will also provide great fishing. Springwater lakes in Carmarthenshire has some great tench, crucians, roach and rudd. Clyne pond near Swansea likewise has a great mixed bag – tench, perch, bream plus the odd trout and eel. Tri Nant fishery at Llantrisant as well as carp has great mixed fishing at the top lake – check out our video here.
Spytty pond at Newport, Trefaldu at Dingestow and Dyffryn Springs near Bonvillston also all offer a quality coarse fishing experience for mixed species. In fact, Wales has dozens of intimate fisheries that fish well in summer – you can find them all on our website.
The big natural waters such as Port Talbot Dock, Dolygaer and Llandegfedd are starting to fish well for bream and hybrids, with some big bags coming off regularly – well worth a go, with matches being held regularly on these venues. Contact the local angling clubs or look up the venue Facebook groups for details of these.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - April and May (18/05/2022)
As we look back to April and May carp fishing has been prolific in Wales, with warmer spring water temperatures bringing them onto the feed. Caerphilly castle moat, Cefn Mably, Gweryd lakes, New Celtic lakes, Llyn Cae Ty Nant syndicate, Wharf Fishery Cardiff and White Springs in particular. All of these venues have produced fish from 25lb to well over 30lb. However, it is now spawning time, so look out for this if fishing – it is generally best to leave them too it, and many fisheries close anyway, so always worth checking. Joel Burrows below with a 27lb 10oz Caerphilly mirror and a new PB!
If you like eel fishing then you may be interested to see the 5lb 2oz snake from Kevin Clark of Korum (below). Kev used on a Korum grub feeder packed full of chopped fish and prawn to tempt this specimen from the Birch Syndicate at Peterstone, Newport. He also reports another fish of similar size and three all around 4lb. There are lots of other untapped ‘big eel’ venues in Wales, for example Llangorse lake, Lliswerry pond, various Glamorgan anglers stillwaters. The potential is there for a snakey surprise!
Llangorse lake has been producing good pike this spring, especially to lure and fly anglers. There are lots of doubles and fish to the high 20’s reported, very encouraging for the future. Danny Thompson with a 116cm beast below. With the waters warming into summer now it is probably time to consider stopping pike fishing, from a fish welfare point of view, especially if the water exceeds 18 degrees.
Feeder and match angling at our fisheries and especially the natural waters has been a little slow. These however are picking up, with Dolygaer is also starting to fish better, which some hardy souls venturing out to fish matches run by MTAA, with skimmers featuring in the catches. Port Talbot Dock produced some great bags of bream and silvers in April, especially on the whip, with matches taking place on most Sundays.
Mon and Brec canal has fished well on Pontypool Angling Association water, lots of roach and skimmers about from Horse and Jockey bridge 55-57.
Llyn Carfan Coarse fishing lakes at Whitland, Pembrokeshire are worth a try, lots of small carp, perch and silvers, nothing that will break the scales but all good sport in nice countryside. Another Pembrokeshire fishery, Cosherston has been producing big bags of carp in excess of 20 fish, average weight about 5lb. Simple methods such as float fished sweetcorn will work well here.
We look forward to 16th June, with the major coarse fishing rivers lower Dee, Severn and Wye opening again, and also the lower Taff for big barbel, chub and grayling.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - March (28/03/2022)
River Wye coarse fishing really picked up in March, up until the last day on March 14th. Many big pike were recorded off the back of the floods, including a 19lb 13oz esox to Will Millard, captured on a soft plastic lure at Wyastone Leys. This was captured on film, and the video will be aired on our YouTube channel in October as soon as the pike season starts up again.
Wye Barbel fishing was also productive in March, with the waters warming somewhat. For example Michael Gallagher and Daniel Evans (below) had a great session on Glamorgan AC water at Monmouth, with 2 barbel each and plenty of chub, including a double hook up.
On the subject of barbel, several double figure fish were caught on the Taff in March, so a promising June 16th is on the cards!
Pike fishing continues to be good on Welsh stillwaters, with the water temperatures being cold. Llangorse lake saw the annual Kayak Fishing European Championship on March 26th. 27 pike were caught to 98cm. This water should continue to fish well in spring, but be aware the fish will be spawning very soon so may be best alone for a few weeks.
Llandgefedd reservoir has been open for pike trials through March, Keith Wilson (below) landed a 33lb pike on the first day. Although it’s a very hard water we have heard of a few other good pike being caught, but details are fairly elusive.
Coarse fishing on Llandgefedd has started, although it is tough going in March. It will be late April when the fish begin to feed readily, then June and July onwards for the best fishing. Other natural venues follow a similar pattern, for example Dolygaer and Ponsticll. Port Talbot Dock is an exception, being coastal it keeps temperatures up and it has warm water inflows from the steelworks, so it can fish well all spring. James Hall (below) who had a net of silvers weighing in at 24lb from the venue.
Caerphilly angling club has seen some 30lb plus carp recorded for the first time – Owain Watkins below left with a 30lb 6oz mirror, whilst Luke Sweeney landed a common of 30lb 4oz, shown below right. These were captured in the Caerphilly castle moat.
Good sized tench and bream are also featuring in the catches on Caerphilly AA, on the moat and Semtex lake.
Small fisheries have been producing a lot of carp, venues such as Hazel Court Ponds, Seven Oaks, Canada lake and Tri-Nant fishery are all well worth a try if you fancy a lot of runs action. Grange Springs is a another one, set in a lovely location near the border at Trelleck. We have a video coming up from this venue soon!
White Springs has been fishing well for carp, with plenty of 20’s to low 30’s being caught in the warm March days we have had. Richard John had 28 carp in a 48 hour session with brother Daniel, biggest 23lb. On the match scene a 92lb 13oz bag was reported on the canal lake.
Llyn y Gors on Anglesey has woken up in the sunshine, Mark Davidson has a new PB common weighed in at 32lb 2oz (below). The winter match league on the venue ended last week, topped off by a 47lb 8oz bag captured by Rhys Edwards.
Llyn Derwyn fishery near Ruthin is a delightful lake, it is stocked with common carp, mirror carp, Bream ,Roach, Perch with a variety of sizes. It has been fishing well in the March sunshine with lots of carp from 3lb to 10lb.
Eisteddfa Fishery at Criccieth has seen bags of over 22lb caught, mostly skimmers with some carp. The cafe here is now open daily from 8.00 am – 4.30 pm.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - February (22/02/2022)
River Coarse Fishing
It has been a wet and windy past week, with the fishing conditions being very tough to be fair. For the river angler, this this meant flooding, and the lower Wye will be blown out for some time, hopefully there will be time to get out before that end of the season.
Before the wash out the lower Wye was fishing well for chub – Owain Watkins, Neil and Isaac Stevens (below) of Caerphilly Angling Club fished at the club stretch at Wyesham, catching 2-3.5lb chub all day, with the trio ending up with 18 chub in total.
Grayling fishing has been good this winter on the lower Taff and Rhymney. The Taff has had quite a good year for grayling compared to the last two, there are plenty of pound plus fish about, with fish to 2lb plus regularly hitting the nets. The Glamorgan Anglers water in Cardiff is a good bet, from Llandaff to Sofia Gardens. And encouragingly lots of small ones have appeared. Trotting with maggot or using a maggot feeder is the best approach.
The Rhymney is another post-industrial gem, it has good grayling but this year it has been dominated by few but larger fish. 2-3 fish in a session of a few hours can be regarded as good, but fish of 1lb 8oz or thereabouts appear to be the average size. Some of them are pushing 2lb. If the levels drop then both rivers will be worth a try before the grayling season ends.
The Welsh Dee has been ever consistent for grayling this winter; however, it will now take a good week for it to fall to a fishable level. Best areas are around Llangollen with fish to 50cm and nearly 3lb possible.
The Taff has been producing large barbel, in Cardiff, with a brace of 12lb fish caught just before the big flood by one angler. The Taff has been re-stocked with hundreds of 1lb sized barbel by the club recently, so the future should be promising for barbel in a few years.
There are some good fish to be caught in the urban streams of Cardiff, Ryan Healey had a nice chub (below) and some small perch and roach from the stream draining Roath Park lake.
Stillwater Coarse Fishing
Talking of Roath Park lake, it has some good pike in it, including this 21lb 8oz by Danny Curtis (below) on a soft plastic lure.
Regarding fishing on Roath Park lake, it is considered ‘free’ although it is actually in the hands of the council. Anyone fishing there should respect the park, do not leave litter, and bring the equipment needed for fish-care. It only takes a few to spoil the fishing or behave inappropriately which could see fishing banned outright.
There are some quality perch caught in Wales, Brett Davies had a cracker (below) taken on a lure from a canal stretch in Gwent, weighed at 2lb 12oz. Canals are a good bet after heavy rain, the extra tint in the water can help by giving the angler cover.
Another option would be Stillwater perch, Glamorgan AA ponds, Riverside fishery Caerphilly, Dyffryn Springs and of course White Springs are all known venues that can throw up 2-3lb plus perch regularly. Our recent video with Kev Clark runs through how to tackle the commercial venues for them. Check it out here.
On the carp front, a lot of venues fish well in February, wet, windy and mild weather often stirs things up. Luke Price (below) has been catching some cracking winter carp from the Hendre Lake St Mellons.
Other venues fishing well for carp include the Caerphilly castle moat, Cefn Mably and White Springs. All of these venues have produced fish from 25lb to 30lb, so well worth braving the weather. Cefn Mably has some new facilities just installed, a new toilet and hot shower, free for anglers to use.
Springwater lakes Lampeter opens on March the 1st. This is a great complex of lakes for specimen Crusian, Mirror, and Common Carp, large Tench and Bream, Roach, Rudd, Golden Orfe and Perch. They also have a ‘big fish’ Carp venue with fish over 35lb. It will be well worth fishing this spring, the location is stunning, with caravan and camping on-site.
Pike fishing on the larger waters has been productive when conditions allow. Llangorse is throwing lots of doubles up to the high teens, mostly on deadbait, but always check with the venue as they cancel the fishing due to high winds.
Llyn Brenig has allowed pike fishing all winter, and it is fast becoming a well-recognized and must go to location in the pike angler’s diary. Anglers have been rewarded with some excellent pike being caught, the biggest of which was a stunning 29lb 3oz monster caught by James Penwright.
Port Talbot Dock is another large venue with a lot of predator potential. Allan Hamblin (below) fished it just before the storms, he caught a couple of nice fish using jerkbait lures. There are also perch here to 4lb and even bass and sea trout, that can and will take a lure.
Eisteddfa Fishery near Criccieth has been running a winter league, the last match saw a bag of 25lb 8oz captured by Andy Thompson, a combination of carp, skimmers and roach. This is a great venue for winter coarse fishing. Bron Eifion is another venue in the same area that is worth a go if the weather holds.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - December/January (18/01/2022)
December and January so far has been a bumper time for coarse fishing in Wales, thanks to fairly pleasant weather which has allowed people to get out.
The carp lakes have been fishing really well over the past weeks, Cefn Mably in particular producing some big 20’s. The ladies carp team had a very productive session, with Charlotte Blick (below left) breaking a PB at 27lb dead on. Ladies team captain Kayleigh Watkins also had a nice 26lb 12oz common (below right)
Caerphilly moat has been fishing very well during the milder spells, Andrew Riste has been catching fish to 27lb 8oz (below left) and Luke Sweeny has done well with some cracking fish to 24lb (below right)
The Merthyr AA Dowlas top pools have been producing well, even in heavy frost, several carp around 18lb reported recently. Jonko’s Tri Nant fishery Llantrisant has also been fishing exceptionally, with plenty of commons to 15lb despite frosty starts. The Wharf dock fishery in Cardiff has also been throwing up a lot of good carp, with Dean Collins landing a 30lb 8oz mirror. Nathan Brana fished The Wharf on 16th January, where he landed a PB at 45lb 6oz – a huge carp for a Welsh venue!
Other popular Welsh carp waters such as new Celtic lakes Lampeter and Gweryd lakes Mold will be worth a try, especially if we get a mild spell with low pressure.
For specimen perch, fishing has been good with Ryan Healy (below left) reporting a 2lb 13oz perch from a Glamorgan Stillwater. Kevin Clark (below right) has had great success at White Springs, with many lovely perch over 2lb, biggest at 2lb 15oz. Prawns are a favoured bait when fishing for perch at commercials in Wales.
For grayling, The Irfon continues to produce quality specimens, with a report of a 2lb 14oz monster captured by Nigel Botherway whilst trotting on a Fishing Passport beat on the upper river. Numerous other fish to 2lb have been recorded on the Irfon over the past few weeks. Other productive grayling rivers for trotting include the Taff at Cardiff, the Rhymney, the Wye at Builth Wells and the river Dee near Llangollen.
Pike fishing, as you might expect has been excellent recently, Llangorse lake continues to fish with numerous doubles being caught on deadbait and lures, most being between 12lb and 15lb, which bodes well for the future. Bosherston lily pools is another popular venue in Pembrokeshire. In winter the weed dies back here, giving better access. On this fishery ensure you have the correct tackle including net, mat and extra strong mainline or braid – essential where thick weed and snags are encountered. This stunning estate lake has produced plenty of jacks recently, but also the odd to double to 12lb.
The Wye is producing plenty of large jacks to lures and also a good few doubles, with a 20lb fish caught near Monmouth recently by John Phillips. Below: Ceri Thomas and Jake Jones of Garry Evans Tackle with some lower Wye pike.
Prospects will continue to be good for all of the winter species, with settled and mild weather forecast for at least another week – so get out there and enjoy!
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - November 2021 (23/11/2021)
The Welsh grayling rivers are fishing exceptionally well at the moment. Trotted maggot is a winter favourite and can be used on various beats of the Dee, Wye, Irfon, Severn, and the Rhymney and Taff in Cardiff. But always be sure check the club rules and regional bylaws before fishing with this method.
Brett Davies (below) fished the Irfon in Powys with a friend last week on a Fishing Passport beat, where they landed 17 quality grayling with many over 2lb. Owain Rees of clubmate has also been on the Irfon, again reporting several lovely 2lb plus specimens. We filmed a video at this incredible venue last week which includes trotting tactics, so look out for this soon!
Kev Clarke has also had some fantastic days recently, including nonstop action on the Rhymney and Taff (below left) Grayling prospects will be good all winter especially if the rain keeps off. Cold weather is no issue for grayling, they will feed on even the bleakest of days.
The Wye was fishing well for barbel earlier in the month, Kevin Clarke again getting out with some double figure fish reported from the lower tidal stretches on Welsh angling club water. (below right) Things have slowed down a lot however, thanks to cool water and low, clear conditions. A warm spate might perk things up a bit on the Wye and also the lower Taff.
The past few weeks have been productive on the carp fishery front thanks to the mild conditions. Cold weather has now switched the carp off somewhat. Lakes that were doing well included White Springs, Caerphilly moat and Lamby lake.
Some of the match/feeder venues are still fishing well including Dol-y-gaer reservoir, Redhill and Port Talbot dock, which has warm water so can fish well all winter. All of these could potentially throw up a good sized bags of skimmer bream, perch and silver fish.
Pike of course have been one of the mainstays over the past weeks, with plenty of fish coming to lures due to the mild weather. Jake Jones (below) with some nice fish from local angling club water in Gwent, which took large swim-bait lures. Largest at 22lb.
Llangorse lake has been fishing well, some really nice doubles have been coming out over the past few weeks. Chris Stevens and Tasha Jenkins (below) with some lovely looking pike captured a few days ago.
The lower river Wye is starting to produce some cracking pike on dead baits now as the temperatures fall – we expect to see some big 20’s in the coming weeks. Dol-y-Gaer and Pontsticll reservoirs near Merthyr Tydfil will also start to fish as the temperatures drop.
In north Wales llyn Brenig reservoir and llyn Trawsfynydd are open for pike fishing. Both trout venues have the potential to produce some exceptional pike. Brenig now has an option to book swims and fish overnighters – full details are on their website.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - September/October (19/10/21)
The large natural venues have been fishing well this autumn – Dolygaer reservoir (below) at Merthyr Tydfil in particular with good bags of skimmers and bream coming out. Low water makes this venue easier to fish, although there are usually good swims available at high water near the dam and the right hand bank. For an idea of what it is like there, check out our recent feeder fishing video here.
Llandegfedd is another great venue for feeder/match fishing. In addition to large bream and hybrids, Dave Healey has reported some 55lb plus bags of roach averaging 6oz to 12oz which were rare a couple of years ago. These are coming on well due to increased coarse angling activity and more bait going in. Deggy is open for coarse fishing until end of October. And if you want to try for the pike there are predator day tickets available every Monday and Tuesday from boat or bank throughout October.
Llangorse lake has started to fish well for pike. Some nice doubles are being caught to dead bait. There are also plenty of eels showing – up to 3lb 8oz. Chris Hughes with a nice 16lb 10oz pike and wrestling with an eel below!
Trawsfynydd reservoir was fishing well for pike in September, with lots of 25lb to 30lb plus fish coming out, but has slowed down a bit as expected in colder weather with hard fishing pressure. It may need a few quite weeks of bad weather for these fish to switch back on. Pontsticill Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons is always worth a go for the pike, especially on a dead-bait rather than lures. It has fished well with some fish to 20lb coming out. The Wye angling club waters in the Monmouth area are starting to fish for pike, with always a chance of a 20lb plus specimen esox.
On the subject of the Wye, the barbel fishing this autumn has been very hit and miss, with some stretches struggling, whilst others have reported good catches, particularly the ‘Angling Dreams’ beats. Chub fishing on the Wye has been excellent this autumn and should continue into the winter. Below – Kevin Clarke of the Angling initiative with an autumn Wye barbel.
If you are into your perch then there are some crackers coming out of our canals, such as the Brec & Mon. Brett Davies with a lovely specimen below caught whilst roaming with light lure tactics.
There are plenty of other ‘big perch’ venues now coming into their own, such as White Springs, Riverside, Port Talbot dock and Dyffryn Springs reservoir. These fish well with baits such as lobworm or prawns fished under a float.
On the carp fisheries this autumn has been very productive. Caerphilly Moat, White Springs, Cefn Mabley, Gryrn Castle fisheries, New Celtic lakes, llyn y gors Anglesey and Gweryd lakes to name but a few. October into November can be excellent for carp, as the weather systems stir them up before the water temperatures cool significantly. Llyn cae ty nant syndicate near Tregaron has just reported its first 40 at 41lb to Concarpangler. (Image below) So if you can brave the changeable autumn weather then give the carp fisheries a try – you wont be disappointed.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Report - July/August (18/08/2021)
The Wye had a slow start, perhaps in part due to the cold spring. Just as things began to pick up in early July for barbel and chub, the heatwave and alage bloom hit and put a stop to the fishing for several weeks. It is only now as the water has cooled down that the coarse fishing is really productive again – we’ve heard of plenty of barbel coming out on WUF stretch as well as club water in the Monmouth area. A lot of eels have been reported on the Wye this year – a good sign. Below: Young angler Lewis Parfitt with a Wye barbel.
There are other rivers in Wales for barbel – Including the Dee at Bangor on Dee and the upper Severn from Newtown to Welshpool that are worth a try. These are a bit off the radar but they are underfished and have pristine fish that see little pressure. August into September would be a prime time to try them.
On the carp fisheries many of them saw spawning activity return during the hot weather so were closed. In the aftermath however fishing has been excellent all over Wales for carp. Specimen Venues to fish at the moment include White Springs, Cefn Mably, Caerphilly Moat, New Celtic lakes and Gweryd lakes. Commercials such as Redbrook and Stamford Way are well worth trying this summer and early autumn, with 100lb plus bags of carp possible. Below: Cameron Bates 31.2lb white springs
For summer coarse fishing we have so many options, especially in north East Wales Wrexham/Flint area which has numerous small ponds and fisheries, plus on the canals around Llangollen. Fishing is good at the moment for a real mixed bag of species. In west Wales Bosherston is a really special place for summer fishing, with tench, rudd and roach to be caught float fishing the lilly pads.
The ‘South Wales Fishing Society’ currently run 3 waters in the Swansea area the pluck lake, Clyne pond and Singleton Lilly pond, all of which offer great fishing for a mixed variety of species – this club has worked hard to keep these lakes in great condition. In southeast Wales the Mon & Brec canal is a firm favourite.
Venues such as llandgefedd have been providing bumper bags of bream and Hybrids to in excess of 100lb, for example at the recent Sensa ‘Deggy Pairs’ match. As has Pontsticll and Dolygear reservoirs near Merthyr Tydfil, which have become renowned for their summer match fishing events. These reservoirs are currently low water level, so the banks have great access. Below: Dave Healy on Llandegfedd
Prospects look great for the rest of August and into September – so make sure you get out there and enjoy the cream of the fishing. Remember up until 5th September you can ‘take a friend fishing’ and claim a free NRW rod licence – more details here.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Catch Report - June (30/06/21)
The river Wye season began on June 16th – plenty of people fished the Welsh sections particularly around Monmouth on club water. It really was a slow start for the barbel, with almost nothing reported over the first week of the season. Plenty of chub and eels however were caught. Things picked up near the end of June, with barbel showing in the catches over most of the stretches. Richard from London with a nice one below, his first ever barbel. 8mm halibut pellets and a swimfeeder doing the trick. The Wye is expected to continue to fish well, especially as the water clears (we hope!) from a pretty murky algal bloom.
The Taff has also produced some big barbel, several doubles have been reported on Glamorgan AA water. The tactic here is to usually present a big lump of luncheon meat.
Chub have been reported on the lower Rhymney River on Caerphilly AA water. This river has some surprisingly good sized ones and a few barbel too.
On the carp front the warmer weather stopped play briefly whilst spawning took place. This has now pretty much finished, so all of the usual ‘big fish’ venues such as White Springs, Cefn Mably, Caerphilly moat, Celtic Lakes will be fishing well.
For the general all round coarse fishing June has been fantastic and July will also provide great fishing. Springwater lakes in Carmarthenshire has some great tench, crucians, roach and rudd. Clyne pond near Swansea likewise has a great mixed bag – tench, perch, bream plus the odd trout and eel. Tri Nant fishery at Llantrisant, Spytty pond at Newport, Trefaldu at Dingestow and Dyffryn Springs near Bonvillston all offer a quality coarse fishing experience for mixed species. In fact, Wales has dozens of intimate fisheries that fish well in summer – you can find them all here.
After a slow start in early June the big natural waters such as Port Talbot Dock, Dolygaer and Llandegfedd are fishing well for bream and hybrids, with some big bags coming off regularly – well worth a go, with matches being held regularly on these venues. Contact the local angling clubs or Facebook groups for details of these.
Although pike fishing isn’t really done in the summer, there is an exception at llyn Trawsfyydd, which has been producing some great fish well over 20lb recently to lure and fly. The lake has cold water thanks to its mountain altitude and the fishery carefully monitors the temperatures and stops the pike fishing if over 20 degrees. Cracker below caught by Paul Clydesdale, on a visit from Scotland.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Catch Report - May 2021 (25/05/21)
The unseasonably cold, windy and wet weather has meant it has been hard work at our fisheries and especially the natural waters. These however have picked up, with David Healey (Deggy Dave) reporting a 100lb bag of bream on Llandgefedd on 23rd May. These were caught at close range on a whip.
Dolygear is also starting to fish better, which some hardy souls venturing out into the weather to fish matches, with skimmers primarily featuring in the catches. Mikey Williams below with a 10lb winning bag (Pic: Welsh Fishing Wizardry)
Festival lake Ebbw Vale has been fishing well, with some crucians and skimmers coming to the keepnet. White Springs near Swansea has been producing big bags on the match lake to 126lb.
Talking of White Springs, the carp fishing has been on fire with lots of 20 to 30lb plus specimens coming out. Caerphilly castle moat also keeps on producing plenty of carp, our visit with Rob Hughes (below) went well – look out for a film early next month.
Both the Pluck and Clyne ponds of South Wales Fishing Society at Swansea have been fishing really well over the last few weeks. A feeding program means that the fish here are growing rapidly and are in tip-top condition. New Celtic lakes near Lampeter is fishing well, plenty of carp 20 to 30lb plus and some catfish to 40lb+. At Anglesey, Llyn Y Gors continues to produce in foul weather, Andy Scanlan with a new PB mirror of 28lb 8oz below, lovely clean fish.
The Wharf syndicate in Cardiff is also producing lots of quality fish, including some cracking commons to 37lb. Leighton Ryan (below) fished Lamby lake and caught ‘Frodo’ at 32lb 8oz.
Some big double figure bream are also showing up in some of the catches, often falling to carp anglers. Below Andrew Riste shows off a ‘belter’ of 14lb 2oz from a park lake in Cardiff.
All-round specimen hunter Kevin Clark has been having some fun catching eels, tench and bream at the Birch Syndicate at Peterstone. Some cracking Tench to 5lb, bream to 8lb 15oz and eels to 5lb 3oz have all hit the back of his net. A lot of our commercials and carp lakes hold great stocks of specimen coarse fish, these are virtually untapped. So why not give them a try?
Fishing can only get better into June, when hopefully it will warm and dry up! The coarse fishing rivers will also be back in contention on June 16th, so something to really look forward to.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Catch Report - March/April 2021
With Stillwater Coarse fisheries re-opening and traveling to fish now allowed anglers have been enjoying fishing again after a long, hard lock down winter.
First off, some big pike have been caught from stillwaters, the most notable being Stuart Watsons, 33lb 6oz monster (below) from Trawsfynydd reservoir, an any method venue that continues to produce big pike from boat or bank regularly.
Llangorse lake re-opened and is also fishing well – with plenty of fish taking lures fished in the shallows. Most are jacks but some nice doubles have been caught. Chris Hughes and Alex Moses have both had some great sessions recently, Alex with a 19lb specimen (below) this lake allows you to bring your own boat or kayak, as well as boat hire. We produced a film at the venue last winter, we will be posting this next month.
Regarding pike welfare, water temperatures are still very cold in our lakes, in just single figures, so fishing for pike by lure and fly is perfectly safe to do so, given the high oxygen levels still in the water. However once water temperatures levels rise significantly in late spring it will be time to put the rods away for pike until the autumn. Water temperatures of 18 degrees or more should be avoided completely.
On the carp front a lot of venues are waking up well, White Springs consistently producing big carp, with high 20’s and 30’s in the mix. Also, the Caerphilly AA Moat, which is producing some great looking fish. We will be producing a film at this venue in the coming weeks. New Celtic lakes near Lampeter has been fishing well, with some nice carp coming out, plus some big catfish to 42lb.
There are some great smaller venues in the valleys, these are fishing well. For example, Festival Lake Ebbw Vale and Cwmcelyn pond (below image by Welsh Fishing Wizardry) which is producing some heavy keepnets.
In Vale of Glamorgan Hazel court ponds is producing good bream and roach, plus some decent carp on the specimen pond. Tri Nant, Dyffyrn Springs and Seven Oaks are now open, so we expect they will start to fish well soon. Redhill near Monmouth has been producing well despite cold weather.
With much warmer weather forecast it looks like we will have good coarse fishing ahead in May and for the rest of April, with big wild venues such as Dol-y-gaer coming into their own and llandegfedd opening again on 26th April.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Catch Report - November/December (16/12/2020)
The past few weeks have been fairly quiet on the fishery front. Cold weather has switched the carp off and lakes that were doing well such as Caerphilly have slowed down a bit. However, if you persevere the rewards can be high – check out the stunning 31.04lb winter common from White Springs captured by Arron Fisher.
The rivers are fishing well for grayling – trotted maggot is a winter favourite and can be used on various beats of the Dee, Wye, Irfon, Severn, and the lower Rhymney and Taff in Cardiff. Tackle dealer Garry Evans recently trotted Abernant on the Wye and had a great day with nearly 30 fish, and Terry Theobald tried the Rhymney for the first time and had nice fish to 1lb 10oz (below). If you haven’t tried trotting then our article by Oliver Burch explains exactly how to do it.
Perch are another great winter species to try for this month – the picture below shows the stamp of fish in some of our commercial fisheries, this was from White Mill captured by Kevin Clarke. Other perch venues include Dol-y-gaer, Brecon canal, Port Talbot dock and llangorse lake, all of which could potentially throw up a good sized perch.
There are still barbel to be caught from the Taff and Wye, especially after a warm flood, when a big cube of luncheon meat can work a treat. The fish below left was caught in the Taff recently by Lloyd P of Garry Evans Tackle. Luke Thomas (below right) also had some sport on the Monmouth beats, one day bagging a brace of Wye doubles on robin red pellets. Great fishing.
Pike of course have been one of the mainstays over the past weeks, with an unsubstantiated rumour of a massive 36lb pike from Llyn trawsfynydd lake in north Wales. The venue is open till 20th December for pike bank fishing.
llangorse lake has been fishing well, some nice doubles coming out over the past few weeks, but it has slowed down a bit now. Fish below captured by Shayne Pink. Check that the fishery is open before travelling.
Pontsticll reservoir at Merthyr has been producing some great pike recently, including this fantastic 23lb 4oz croc which is a new PB for angler Jamie Block.
The Wye has also produced some nice pike so far this winter, with many well into double figures including the 18lb 6oz specimen below which was caught well up the river near Erwood. The lower reaches around Monmouth are also fishing well whenever the water levels permit.
Prospects: January is a hard month, but if Covid lock-downs and the weather allow, Welsh pike will be worth fishing for as will perch. Hardy barbel anglers may still manage to pull a few out of the Taff and Wye during warm spells. Winter chub are also worth a go on the Wye, either trotting maggots or bread flake and grayling will fish well in January on trotted maggot.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Catch Report - October (20/10/2020)
October is a a great month for pike fishing in Wales, with venues such as llangorse lake starting to fish well to deadbaits. Chris Hughes has been out on the lake recently in his own boat, resulting in some lovely fish to just over 16b.
Trawsfynydd reservoir is another venue fishing really well for pike at the moment, with plenty of immaculate 20’s coming to the lures. Caerphilly castle moat is also worth a go, as is Cardiff bay barrage lake, which has much potential for monster pike.
The picture below is from Caerphilly Castle, a venue where Angling Trust qualified coach Andrew Riste (South Wales Angling Coaching) offers his services for new anglers, or anglers wishing to fish for something new.
Fishing for chub and barbel has been great on the Wye, with reports of big barbel coming out on the Taff in Cardiff on Glamorgan AA water. A capture of a massive chub from the lower Usk came to our attention, at 5lb 12oz it is a real specimen. Most water on the lower Usk is game fishing club or fishery water only, but you can coarse fish for them on Merthyr AA water. Image below shows Tony James with the 5lb 14oz chub.
Grayling fishing is something to try this month using trotting methods. The river Dee is a great venue, as is the lower Taff on Glamorgan AA water and the Rhymney on Caerphilly AA. Lets not forget the Wye and Irfon, many of which have beats on the Fishing Passport that allow trotting with maggots in winter.
Commercial fisheries are also well worth fishing in October/November, some excellent bags have been coming out of waters such as White Springs and Ian Heaps resort, below is an image from Eisteddfa Fishery where bags of carp to over 60lb are being caught regularly on feeder fishing tactics.
Due to COVID-19 virus a national ‘Fire break’ lock-down is coming to Wales from 6pm 23rd October to 9th November. This is going to affect angling, since you will not be allowed to drive to fish, only walk from home if you are fortunate to be near a suitable venue. Day ticket fisheries will be closed during this time, and anglers from outside Wales will not be allowed to visit. More details can be found here.
Fishing in Wales Coarse Fishing Catch Report - September (22/09/2020)
Lure fishing for predators has recently picked up – including venues such as Cardiff bay barrage lake and Llangorse lake, Brecon and Monmouth canal. Expect it to get even better in October.
The images below are from the guys at Garry Evans tackle in Cardiff – Bob , Lloyd P & Iwan – who have been lure fishing on the bay barrage lake which has been producing some nice perch over 2lb and pike to 25lb.
On the carp fishing front, September has seen improving catches, with fisheries such as White Springs going well.
The stunning 23lb fish below was captured by Gareth Morris from the Tair Llyn gravel pit complex, which is a syndicate water near Aberystwyth.
Barbel fishing has been good on the Wye through September – with stretches around Monmouth and Hay on Wye producing well. Tim Hughes prospected water much further up river than you would expect barbel to be found – and was rewarded with the fish below of 11lb 10oz.
Our larger wild venues such as Dol-y-gaer and Llandegfedd will continue to fish well for bream, skimmers and hybrids all autumn – Check out our llandegfedd film here which was filmed in October last year.
Fishing In Wales - July/August Coarse Fishing Report (19/08/2020)
Wales has some fantastic wild venues where huge bags of bream and hybrids can be caught, these can fish well in summer and August has been a great month. These include Llandgefedd reservoir and Port Talbot docks, plus the twin reservoirs of Dol-y-gaer and Ponsticll (Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance)
MTAA hosted a two day competitive festival on the reservoirs on the weekend of 15th & 16th of August. Many top UK Match Anglers attended including Mikey Williams, Lee Edwards, Des Shipp – and the local lads were out in force trying to beat them. Both reservoirs fished extremely well over the two day festival. The winner overall was the legendary Des Shipp – with a total weight over two days of 88lb 3oz!!
2nd – Scott Worton 77lb 3oz
3rd – Hadrian Whittle 77lb
4th – Danny Baker 72lb
5th – Mark Jones 69.10 lb
Full credit to the organisers and MTAA – who have done a fantastic job of putting Welsh match angling back on the map.
The Welsh carp fisheries are fishing well such as White Springs, Riverside, Canada lake, New Celtic lakes and Ian Heaps fishing resort, where we have recently done some filming.
Whilst on the same trip, Rob Hughes (FiW film maker and well known carp expert) was lucky enough to sample the fishing at a new, upcoming carp fishery near Tregaron called llyn cae ty nant. The fishing was exceptional, with many stunning carp coming to the net – check out the fish below, captured by Rob’s son Jack from the fishery, a magnificent catch. Look out for a video in the next month or two and for details of when the fishery will open – its going to be one of the best specimen carp lakes in Wales without a doubt!!
The barbel fishing on the Welsh stretches of the Wye has been exceptional through July into August. There are lots of fish about, especially on the Monmouth DAS club water, Glamorgan AA and the Angling Dreams stretches. Pellet with a feeder and float fishing meat are producing well. The Hay and Warren beat further up the river is also going well. Chub and eels are also figuring in the catches, with more eels about than have been seen for a few years.
In late July the Angling Trust‘s CEO Jamie Cook and Chief policy advisor Martin Salter headed over the border for a bit of fishing on the Wye, along with Fishing In Wales Marketing manager Ceri Thomas. This was on the Gwent Angling Society beat near Monmouth. A great day was had by all – with plenty of fish caught including barbel, eels, dace and bleak.
One tip for the Wye at the moment is to fish early morning or in the evening – daytime has gone off the boil. Although with the heavy rain coming through that will change and the Wye should fish its head off all day as it starts to drop.
The barbel fishing on the lower river Taff has been pretty slow recently, although there is always a chance of a double figure fish. The Barage lake in Cardiff bay well is worth a try for the perch, there are plenty of them being caught drop shotting or on small jigs. This and the Taff can be fished on the Glamorgan AA ticket.