We have excellent fishing conditions, both from bank and boat.
We regularly stock the lake with rainbow trout, and native brown trout may also be caught. Permitted methods are fly-fishing and ledgered worm from the bank fishing areas and fly-fishing only from the boats.
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Where to fish is greatly dependent upon wind direction and strength. Many bank anglers favour the east bank and Bill Smiths bay due to the variety of water depths and relatively easy access for all their fishing. Others prefer the quieter and shallower north shore.
Resident fish tend to feed upwind and often congregate in shoals along the more sheltered areas picking up insects blown onto the water from surrounding trees etc. Boat anglers tend to favour similar areas but drifts along the east bank or north shore are usually productive. A very popular drift is from north shore to Pettingale point (or the opposite way depending on the wind) either side of the fish cages.
If in doubt ask the Rangers where fish have recently been caught, they will always point you in the right direction, it’s up to you whether you follow their advice or choose to fish in other areas.
A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) set in the rolling landscape of South Wales. The Lake is stocked for anglers with bank and boat fishing available for rainbow and brown trout. The Lake allows for a variety of approaches to Trout Fishing ranging from easy access worm fishing along the East Bank or more challenging fly fishing where anglers can stalk trout using a variety of lures, nymphs and dry fly.
In addition to rainbow trout and a small head of wild brown trout the reservoir is home to large numbers of coarse fish which include bream, roach, dace, eels and pike. The reservoir is well known for its large pike and Llandegfedd still holds the UK Pike record of 46lb 13oz!
Coarse fishing is available throughout the fishing season from all normal bank fishing areas, but pike fishing is restricted to specific ‘pike sessions’ which will be advertised pre-season to allow anglers to apply for permits.
Llandegfedd Lake is open to ledgered worm fishing along the East Bank and Bill Smith’s Bay throughout the season. All permits will be charged at the same rate as for fly fishing but catch and release permits will not be available for worm fishing.
Coarse fishing can at times be prolific and leans more towards natural Irish venue style fishing rather than a welsh venue! Large shoals of Roach/Bream hybrids and Bream attract anglers from all over the UK seeking this style of fishing. There are also Roach and Perch present. Natural venues are on the up within coarse fishing and at Llandegfedd we have seen a significant rise in the discipline.
Methods commonly used to target the large shoals are feeder fishing and long range slider float. Llandegfedd is relatively untapped for coarse fishing and has already shown its potential where with the right condition bags of over 300lb of Bream and 50lb + bags of hybrids can be had. It’s a large venue and it’s advisable as in any coarse fishing venue to follow the wind direction as in coloured waters fish can come in very close looking for food. Barrow/trolley for gear is highly recommended as often long walks maybe the order of the day to fish the best spots.
Pike fishing season tickets run from March to June and September to October.
Pike fishing is permitted on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Pike permits are available for a maximum of 7 boats each day. Bank permits are also available and a maximum of ten will be issued each day.
During October due to our SSSI closure requirements, fishing will not be permitted between the fence at Bill Smiths bay and the inlet. There will also be an exclusion zone of 100m offshore.
Boat fishing is not permitted within 50m of any bank where anglers are present, bank anglers will take priority.
Boat – 9-5
Bank – 9-5
Only lure or dead bait fishing is permitted at Llandegfedd. Dead baits must be blast frozen and only marine species will be allowed.
Fly fishing for Pike will not be allowed
Live baiting is strictly forbidden
A maximum of 2 rods per person can be used irrespective of the number of rod licences held by an individual.
Trolling is permitted under power of oars only; all lines and gear must be brought inboard whilst underway.
The use of fish finders is permitted but must be secured to boats in a manner that will not cause damage or marking of boat hulls, seats, or fittings.
Large adequate landing nets and unhooking mats and relevant equipment are compulsory, and no fish will be taken to the bank for photographing. Any fish photographed must be properly supported by the anglers to minimise risk of injury to internal organs. Anglers found holding large pike by the gill covers and allowing them to hang freely will be removed from the water and excluded from future fishing sessions. Fish should be returned to the water as soon as possible after unhooking and not retained in the boat or handled repeatedly to allow photos to be taken.
Please remember that the health and welfare of pike caught at Llandegfedd is paramount to the health of the pike population and ecosystem of the reservoir.
Fishing permits are available to book online or from our Grab & Go café on the ground floor of the Visitor Centre.
A valid Rod Fishing Licence is required for all anglers aged 13 and above. You can buy your rod licence online www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence, at your local Post Office or over the phone by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386
Disabled access is available to toilets at the visitor centre and at the northern car park. Accessible Wheelie Boats are available for hire. Please contact us for details and availability.
1 Mar – 31 Oct (rainbow) 20 Mar – 17 Oct (brown)
Bank fishing from 9.00am Boat fishing from 9.00am Closing times may vary seasonally.