If you’re an angler then you will probably already be looking forward to testing the water and fishing while you’re camping in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
The good news is that Cornwall is a true haven for anglers, with a coast as well as various lakes and rivers that are well-populated with fish.
Considering the number of places you could fish in Cornwall, it should come as no surprise that there are numerous types of fishing available. In particular there are a few types that you could enjoy in Cornwall:
Types of Fishing to Enjoy in Cornwall
Typically if you’re interested in sea fishing you’ll want to venture to Southwest Cornwall – which is famous for its sizable population of sharks, bass, garfish, mackerel, and much more. That being said most harbors in Cornwall will let you join a fishing trip out to sea.
For anglers who prefer to stick to the coast, North Cornwall tends to offer a nice range of rock fishing with wrasse, ray, gurnard, and Pollock being the easiest to find. Some spots will even hook you the occasional mackerel or garfish.
A variety of game fish can be found in Cornwall’s many rivers, including salmon, sea trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and golden trout. Be sure to note that most of these are seasonal, unless you intend to visit one of the fisheries that offer a year-round chance to hook trout.
It is possible to hook a decent catch by beach fishing in Cornwall, though it should be noted that Cornwall’s beaches are one of its star attractions and can get particularly crowded – especially during summer. Still if you can find a suitable time, expect to catch codling, flat fish, dab, mackerels, and dogfish – among others.
Probably the most widely available form of fishing in Cornwall, you can find a ton of stocked lakes, reservoirs, and fisheries that will let you go coarse fishing for various types of carp and other coarse fish. Some campsites even have their own private stocked lakes, which is something you may want to keep an eye out for if you’re camping and fishing in Cornwall.
As you can see there really is something for everyone when it comes to fishing in Cornwall, and all you have to do is pick your poison. If you’re after a particular catch, it may be a good idea to find out where its populations are located (and when it is in season) then pick a campsite or plan your trip accordingly.
Of course if you’re more interested in just generally trying your luck with fishing then no matter where you are in Cornwall it is a safe bet that you’ll find some type of fishing nearby. Normally it isn’t hard to find rods, reels, bait and other gear near any fishing site but just remember that in many cases you may need to purchase a permit in order to fish – so check on that.