River fishing at Kielder Water and Forest Park


Fishing in Northumberland

Pack up your rod and bait and visit Northumberland's streams, rivers and coasts where you will find a wealth of fishing opportunities. No matter what aspect of fishing interests you Northumberland can offer you the best.

Game fishing for salmon, sea trout brown trout or reservoir fishing there are numerous venues available. River fishing can be catered for on the mighty Tweed in the north, to the best English salmon river, the Tyne, in the south. Between these two rivers there are the Coquet, Aln, and Till which all provide exciting opportunities to catch wild fish. The Tyne Angling Passport is a not-for-profit scheme designed to open up new or currently inaccessible areas of river for day-ticket fishing.

Coarse fishing enthusiasts appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of the Tyne and the lower reaches of most of our rivers while casting for perch, roach, dace, gudgeon and pike.

Fishing in Northumberland

Still water trout fishing in reservoirs and smaller lakes is available throughout the county. The larger Northumbrian Water reservoirs of Kielder, Derwent and Fontburn cover the west, South and North Northumberland respectively. These larger reservoirs allow anglers to bait, spin or fly fish and day tickets are available. Smaller still waters, at Chatton, Thrunton Long Crag, Caistron, South Linden, Higham Lakes, Sweethope Loughs, and Langley Dam offer excellent chances of catching fish for the novice while still providing a challenge for the more experienced. Most of the smaller lakes are fly fishing only but coaching can be arranged prior to the actual day. These still waters are dotted all around the county and one will be within easy travelling distance no matter where you are staying.
There are professional fly fishing coaches and guides available who can make a days fishing fun and provide any tackle that is required.

The Northumbrian coast is so varied any sea fisherman will be in their element. There are superb sandy beaches, and numerous rocky areas which provide the shore angler the chance to catch a wide variety of salt water species including cod, pollack, all sorts of flat fish and summer mackerel. Casting a line from a pier can be fun too. Craster, Amble, Seahouses and Blyth all have piers and charter boats, for those who wish to go out to sea, are available too.

Find out the latest information relating to permits and licences for fishing in Northumberland on the Northumberland County Council website. Or alternatively contact a tourist information centre near to where you'd like to go fishing. We recommend booking your venue, coach/guide or charter boat as soon as possible.

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