Friday, 3 August 2012 4:55 PM
Fishing has long been a great pastime to indulge in while on holiday, most notably as it enables you to connect with nature. If this is an activity you are keen to try on your next domestic getaway, North Wales is one destination well worth visiting.
Although all of Wales offers fantastic opportunities for experienced and beginner anglers alike, it is in the north of the country where you will discover a wide array of rivers and lakes that you can reel in various species. Wherever in the region you go, you can easily a great spot to cast a line.
This part of north-west Wales is certainly a good place to reel in a big catch, whether you're planning on going fishing at sea or in a lake. If it's the latter you're interested in than head to Llyn Trawsfynydd.
Situated within Snowdonia National Park, this 1,200-acre stretch of water has been a popular destination for fly fishing for some 60 years. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, so hopefully you should discover fish are soon attracted to your bait. Eels, grass carp and wild brown trout also populate the waterway, making for plenty of variety in the species you can bring in. You will, however, require a permit to fish here, which can be bought at the nearby village of Trawsfynydd.
Elsewhere in the park, you can enjoy amazing fishing at Llyn Tegid. As this is the largest natural lake in Wales, it should be of no surprise that you can easily spend an entire day catching fish here. Depending on what time of year you visit, you can expect to find salmon, roach, pike and trout.
If you're more interested in coarse fishing, head to the Bron Eifion Fishery located near Criccieth. This 6-acre lake was formerly a reservoir in a country estate and is populated with a wide array of fish, including crucian carp and ghost koi. Mirror carp are also found here, and, with some of these weighing more than 20lb, you might be able to reel in a huge catch.
Anglesey is also a great destination for fishing and by choosing to book a holiday cottage in North Wales here, you'll be within close reach of numerous lakes and reservoirs where you can cast a line. It's also a popular place for sea fishing, with the coastal village of Moelfre a good place to catch bass and codling. At Amlwch Port, meanwhile, you can take boat trips that offer the chance for you to reel in species such as mackerel, cod and dogfish.
Heading to the Conwy Water Gardens will make for an exciting day out for coarse fishing enthusiasts as it is home to three lakes that feature bream, tench, barbell and chub. As you wait for the fish to bite, take the time to appreciate the amazing views of the Rowen Valley which is covered with beautiful woodland.
If you want a quick break from fishing, go for a walk along the gardens' nature trail. By doing so, you'll have the opportunity to see ducks and pheasants, while you can watch otters being fed twice a day. Should you have worked up an appetite from a day's fishing, head to the Dutch Pancake House, where you can tuck into a range of sweet and savoury treats made using local ingredients.