The Llyn Peninsula in North Wales offers truly excellent fishing, ranging from sea angling, to rivers and freshwater lakes. Variety is the spice of life here, and if that’s what you’re after, you won’t be disappointed.
For sea fishing, the two long sandy beaches and the harbour at Llyn Peninsula’s unofficial ‘capital’ of Pwllheli provides an excellent base. If you’ve got a ‘must catch list’ there’s a good chance you’ll tick things off here – Mackerel, Bass, Black Bream, Pollack, Flounder, Gilthead Bream, Dabs, Dogfish and Gurnard.
The beaches run to the East from the harbour entrance and to the West from Gimblet Rock. Between the Rock and the Harbour entrance is a large are strewn with boulders, this is an excellent bass mark. The Harbour channel itself fishes well for Flounder, Bass and Black Bream in the summer months, although the constant boat traffic can be a problem. The beach which runs west from Gimblet Rock produces Flounders, Dabs and Gurnard along its whole length. Bass and Black Bream are common in the area in front of the golf course. From June to the end of the summer, shoals of Mackerel can be found close enough to the shore to be caught with feather traces or spinners.
Other top locations for sea fishing in the area include Porth Iago’s South West facing cove beach, Trefor Pier and, for the more experienced sea anglers, Uwchmynydd, Aberdaron. The species of fish caught here are similar to those found in Pwllheli.
Freshwater angling in the Llyn Peninsula is not as well known as the sea angling, but it can be as good if not better than other more popular areas of Wales.
For river fishing, there is a good population of Brown Trout can be found on the River Soch, Erch, Rhydhir and Dwyfach. All the rivers found in the area have a run of migratory fish, but the main angling fivers are the Dwyfawr and Erch. Both of these rivers have good runs of Sea Trout from June through to September; the main Salmon run comes late in the season, but the Salmon season extends until the end of October.
For the more adventurous river angler, the beautiful lake at Cwmysdtadllyn offers wild Brown Trout, supplemented by a few stocked Rainbow Trouts. Located on the south westen foothills of Snowdonia, Llyn Cwmysdtadllyn is a stunning fishery, fed by several mountain streams, and even supplies fresh drinking water for the Llyn Peninsula.