Fishing can be enjoyed all year round in Cornwall, and the mild Cornish winters ensure that it is not too much of a hardship. Fishing begins on the 1st of April and runs through to December which is unique in the UK.
Several of Cornwall’s rivers boast runs of salmon and sea trout, the most notable being the Rivers Camel and Fowey and their tributaries, the Lyner and the Inney, a tributary of the River Tamar. For those who are looking for more variety, there is also superb beach angling and rock fishing to be had on the North Cornwall Coast, but care should be taken because of the strength of the waves. Flat fish, rays dog fish plus mackerel can be found, as well as turbot, pollock and sea bass.
Cornwall is renowned for its sea-fishing and during your stay it will be possible for you to arrange a variety of fishing trips from shark fishing to reef and wreck fishing. Tackle can be supplied by most operators and they are happy to give tuition for novices. Mevagissey is particularly well known for shark, deep sea and wreck fishing and boats and tackle can be hired at the harbour. At Fowey, regular sea angling trips are available and bass, grey mullet, pollock, flounders and mackerel can all be caught.
Well stocked lakes complete the whole spectrum of fishing options. Below are just some of the nearby fishing options available:
The East and West Looe Rivers have a salmon and trout season from 1st April to 15 December. 01503 263535
Bake Lakes offer both coarse and fly fishing in the scenic countryside near Trerulefoot, between Looe, Liskeard and Saltash.
The River Fowey has a season for sea trout and salmon from 1st April to 30th September on a 2 mile stretch near Lanhydrock. Information from the National Trust Office 01208 74281.
Siblyback Lake, Liskeard. 140 acres. Fly fishing only, with stocked rainbow trout. The season runs from the end March to end October. Day permits £7, information from Watersports Centre, Siblyback, Common Moor, Liskeard, tel: 01579 346522.
Colliford Lake, Liskeard. 900 acres. South West Water fly fishery, with natural brown trout. Day ticket £7. Self-service tickets in Simonstone car park. No boats. Open mid-March to mid-October. Provides some excellent sport with the hard fishing brown trout. The nearby small fishery at Temple always carries a good stock of well-conditioned fish and the Jones family will give advice on tactics and flies.