Felbrigg Lake

the best places to go fishing in north norfolk

The Broads, north Norfolk inland waterways and the coast provide some fabulous opportunities for those experienced in fishing as well as fishing novices. Just make sure you have the correct licence and permissions in place before you go and that it’s not the coarse fishing or pike closed season. See our round up of best places to go fishing in north Norfolk.

FRESHWATER ROD FISHING RULES

FISH IDENTIFIER GUIDE

The North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust has spent years working towards restoring the former working canal. The banks and landing jetty at Ebridge Mill provide great spots for anglers. The waterways are used for canoeing and regular trips run by the trust but there are still plenty of quiet places to drop in a line for rudd, roach, pike, tench, perch and bream. The fishing here is great for beginners as it’s free (with a licence plus by kind permission of the owner) and, as it’s a multi-use area for serious and novice anglers.Rules are in place to protect the fish so make sure you check the rules plus there’s a guide to what you might catch.

NORTH WALSHAM AND DILHAM CANAL TRUST FISHING RULES

Ebridge Mill

Local lake fishing. There is coarse fishing for bream, carp, tench and roach available at the National Trust Blickling Estate lake where the fishing season runs from June through to March each year. Find out more. You can also head to the National Trust's Felbrigg Hall lake.

Gunthorpe Hall lake is great for fishing for pike, perch, carp and tench. You can fish dawn until dusk by prior arrangement by calling 01263 861373.

Blickling Estate lake

Beach fishing is free for those with a valid fishing licence. You can expect to catch bass, tope and cod off-shore from Wells-next-the-Sea along the coast to the shingle bank at Cley and Salthouse beach, where skate and thornbacks have been caught. There’s good night fishing at Weybourne, Sheringham and West Runton to Cromer, plus mackerel in summer. In late Autumn and Winter, expect to see cod, whiting and codling along from Cromer to Overstand, Mundesley and Trimmingham. Walcott and Bacton provide good sea fishing all year.

BRITISH SEA FISHING

Weybourne Beach

River fishing. There are free fishing rivers in Norfolk; and there are four locations along the River Ant – a public staithe at the bottom of Barton Turf village; banks near Ludham Bridge; Stalham Staithe beside Staithe Road, near the A149 and Irstead Staithe near Irstead church.

The River Bure has three locations - South Walsham Broad from Fleet lane South Walsham; Coltishall Common by The Rising Sun pub; Wroxham Broad just before Wroxham sailing club down Avenues Road.

The River Hitch runs from North and South Beach in Heacham and there is fishing along all the way down the footpaths. The River Thurne has spots from Martham Ferry, provided you don’t fish from frontages of private property. Just check that the bank is free for fishing - some are owned by fisheries and you have to check which ones require a permit or membership.

Caltishall

Holiday parks. Some of the holiday parks in north Norfolk have lakes for their guests to use. At Woodland Holiday Park near Cromer, their lake is located among scenic grounds and is stocked with a variety of freshwater fish, from roach to carp. Anglers of all abilities are welcome to practice their skills. All users are required to have a valid fishing license and purchase a day pass from the reception.

WOODLAND HOLIDAY PARK

You can also go to one of the several fishing platforms at the pond at Kelling Heath Holiday Park near Sheringham. 

KELLING HEATH HOLIDAY PARK

Woodland Holiday Park

BEGINNERS' GUIDE TO ANGLING

Fisheries officer for the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Trust Tom Webster gives some top tips for angling novices and the points out the benefits of being outdoors. Download our guide to identify any fish you may catch.
  • Pick an area away from the commercial lakes and spots where the serious anglers go. The North Walsham and Dilham Canal is perfect as it’s a multi-use area and the experienced anglers tend to avoid it. Ebridge Mill has plenty of parking and a clear bank for learning to cast.
  • You just need a basic rod and reel from your local angling store, plus some bait. You might even be able to pick some older tackle up second hand.
  • Start by fishing with a light set-up with fine line and small hook and fish with maggots to catch some of the smaller fish - roach, rudd and smaller perch.
  • If you want to try for the bigger perch try a slightly heavier line and hook with a juicy worm out of the garden. You don’t need to cast out far; just off the bottom near the bank where it’s shallow. Perch will give an obvious bite so youngsters can catch them fairly easily. BUT be careful when removing the hook as their fins are a very spiky.
  • Fishing with youngsters is great with children to get outdoors and it’s a chance to point out some of the other wildlife along rivers, Broads and canals. Expect to see heron, deer, water voles, swans regularly and you might be lucky enough to see an otter or kingfisher.
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