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Fishing at Llandegfedd Lake

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

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.

Types of Fishing

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. Pike fishing season tickets run from March until June and September until October.

Permitted methods are fly-fishing and ledgered worm from the bank fishing areas and fly-fishing only from the boats.

Worm Fishing

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

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.

Fishing Permits

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, at your local Post Office or over the phone by calling the Environment Agency on 0344 800 5386 


Fishing Times, Seasons & Accessibility

Disabled Facilities

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.

Fishing Seasons

1 Mar – 31 Oct (rainbow) 20 Mar – 17 Oct (brown)

Daily Fishing Times

Bank fishing from 9.00am Boat fishing from 9.00am Closing times may vary seasonally.