Fishing at Pwllheli and on the Llŷn
Pwllheli’s beaches offer some of the best fishing to be had anywhere in the country. Two long, sandy beaches run to the East from the harbour entrance and to the West from Gimblet Rock. Between the Rock and the Harbour entrance is a large area strewn with boulders, this is an excellent Bass mark.
The harbour channel itself fishes well for Flounder, Bass and Black Bream in the summer months, although constant boat traffic can be a problem.
The beach running West from Gimblet Rock produces Flounders, Dabs, Dogfish and Gurnard along its whole length and Rays near the rock itself. Bass and Black Bream are common in the area in front of the golf course. From June to the end of the summer, shoals of Mackerel may be found close enough to be caught from the shore using feather traces or spinners.
Abererch Beach runs East from the harbour in a wide arc as far as Pen-y-chain headland near the Hafan holiday complex. This is a shallow sand and shingle beach with patches of weedy stones below low water mark. All the usual species can be found along this beach, especially Doggies.
There are miles of coastline within a short drive of Pwllheli, from the sandy beaches of Black Rock and Dinas Dinlle in the East to the steep rocky ledges of Uwchmynydd West of Aberdaron. Almost any species of fish may be found from the hundreds of marks around our coast.
Small boats may be launched from Porthmadog, Criccieth, Pwllheli, Abersoch, Aberdaron, Morfa Nefyn and Trefor. A small launching fee may be levied by the Harbourmaster at most of these sites.
The fresh water angling in Llŷn is not as well known as the sea angling but it can be as good if not better than other more popular areas of Wales.
The rivers Soch, Erch, Rhydhir and Dwyfach have a good population of wild Brown Trout. There are still waters at Pentrefelin, Criccieth and Porthmadog stocked with Rainbow, Brown and sometimes Blue and Golden Trout. For the more adventurous angler, the beautiful lake at Cwmysdtradllyn offers wild Brown Trout, supplemented by a few stocked Rainbows.
We have no naturally occurring coarse fish, but we do have small, well stocked, day ticket still waters at Glasfryn, Criccieth and Pentrefelin. And a few caravan/camping sites who have waters open to residents only, one of which is Hafan ŷ Môr, whose old boating pond has carp to over 40lbs.
All the rivers in the area have a run of migratory fish but the main angling rivers are the Dwyfawr and the Erch. Both have good runs of Sea Trout from June through to September. The main Salmon run comes late in the season, but the Salmon season extends until the end of October.