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  Fishing the Mawddach estuary at dusk is an experience of true peace and tranquility.
 Photo: Visit Wales

Fishing Holidays & Angling Information

Gone fishing! Leave mundane troubles far behind when you go angling in the tranquility of Snowdonia's most breathtaking surroundings. Cast a line, relax, unwind on one of the many nearby lakes. Or, if you're an angler set on catching a salmon for dinner, you will find mile after mile of sea trout and salmon beats on the river Wnion and the beautiful Mawddach estuary. Just a short run up the estuary from Penmaenpool, where the Mawddach reaches Barmouth, sea fishing enthusiasts will delight in the harbours and jetties from which to lure the bass and mackerel.

Fly fishing for trout and salmon in the Mawddach estuary, North Wales.
Fly fishing for trout and salmon
in the Mawddach estuary.

Sea Trout and Salmon Fishing

Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is privileged to have complimentary fishing permits with the Dolgellau Angling Association. These fishing permits cover thirteen miles of prime sea trout and salmon pools on the spectacular Mawddach estuary and its tributary the river Wnion. The original Penmaenuchaf Home Beat is along the Mawddach estuary just a short walk from the hotel.

For up-to-the-minute reports, refer to the "Trout & Salmon" magazine or contact us. Proprietor, Mark Watson, is himself a keen fisherman and is always pleased to advise.

Dolgellau Angling Association (DAA)
SecretaryMr. Gavin Jones
LL40 1UF
Phone01341 422706
WebsiteDAA Official Site

Brown and Rainbow Trout Fishing

Fly fishing on Lake Cynwych near Dolgellau. 
Photo: Colin Smith (Creative Commons License)
Fly fishing on Llyn Cynwch
just outside Dolgellau.

The limpid waters of Llyn Cynwch, just outside Dolgellau, are stocked thoughout the year with high quality brown and rainbow trout. The hotel's complimentary DAA permits can also be used at Llyn Cynwch and fish may be caught on fly or bait.

For another fishing treat, take the single-track Cader Road up to Cregennan Lakes. Llynnau Cregennan were once part of the original Penmaenuchaf Estate, and the twin lakes offer fly fishing at the feet of the dramatic Cader Idris whose crystal clear streams feed the lakes.

Should visitors wish to cast their net wider, there are well stocked reservoirs such as Llyn Brenig, Llyn Celyn, Llyn Trawsffynydd and Llyn Clwedog. All within a 45 minute drive from the hotel and all providing first class rainbow and brown trout fishing in beautiful locations.

Sea fishing from the harbour wall as the sun goes down. 
Photo: Les Chatfield (Creative Commons License)
Evening sea fishing

Sea Fishing

Being only five miles from the coast, Penmaenuchaf is in an excellent location for sea fishing enthusiasts. For a day to remember, boat trips from Barmouth harbour can be organised. Fishing parties of up to twelve guests can be arranged with Barmouth Viking II charter boat or through the hotel.

Land lubbers might prefer to fish from the strand or the harbours and jetties in the mouth of the Mawddach estuary. Shoals of bass top the bill and other sea fish that can be caught depending on season include tope, bream, mackerel, whiting, conger eels and ray.

Coarse Fishing

There is plenty of coarse fishing in the area including carp, tench, chubb and catfish.
Brynmelin Pools has two small pools near Machynlleth, containing carp to around 16lbs plus tench, bream and roach. Llyn y Gro at Sarnau near Bala, is described as the epitomy of scenic, peaceful and enjoyable coarse fishing.

Guides to Fishing in the National Parks of Wales

Guides to fishing in the National Parks of Wales. 
Link to external website.

Environment Agency Salmon and Sea Trout Reports

Environment Agency Salmon and Sea Trout Reports. 
link to external website.



The crystal clear waters of Lake Cregennan, Snowdonia: fishing paradise.
 Photo: Visit Wales


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Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel
North Wales
LL40 1YB
t: 01341 422129
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Fly fishing at Cregennan Lakes near Penmaenpool, Snowdonia, North Wales.
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