Top 5 Fishing Spots in North Cornwall

With over 300 miles of coastline and numerous lakes, rivers, canals and reservoirs to explore, it’s no wonder Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular fishing destinations. To help you decide on the perfect fishing spot for your next trip, keep reading as we list the five best fishing locations in North Cornwall.


PadstowImage by David Merrett is licensed under CC 2.0

This working fishing village has seen a rise in popularity over the past few years thanks in part to the abundance of sea food on offer. The coastline around Padstow is particularly good for sea and rock fishing with both bass and flat fish available. Alternatively, for those in search of pollock, mackerel, whiting or cod, we would suggest making your way to the headlands. 


BudeImage by Foshie is licensed under CC 2.0

Popular with both holidaymakers and surfers, Bude’s fishing opportunities can often be overlooked but make your way down to the Bude coast and you’ll be treated with a catch of flatfish, mackerel, whiting, cod or even dog fish. The Bude Canal Angling Association also offers passes for coarse fishing along the canal where you can catch decent sized carp.

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NewquayImage by Paul Hudson is licensed under CC 2.0

Newquay is a fantastic area for fishing with its beautiful working harbour and numerous well-stocked lakes just 10 minutes’ drive from the town. The lakes are great for fly fishing whereas the coast is a haven for sea fishers, with numerous charted boats heading out from the harbour daily. The most common fish caught in the area include bass, turbot and plaice.

Porth Reservoir

Porth ReservoirImage by Derek Harper is licensed under CC 2.0

If you’re looking for a picturesque fishing spot surrounded by nature and wildlife, then the Porth Reservoir is the place for you. This mature coarse fishery and bird sanctuary is the ideal location to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. The reservoir is open seven days a week and passes are available for just £6 for adults and £5 for concessions and children aged 12 to 16 years.

Port Isaac

Port IsaacImage by Andrew is licensed under CC 2.0

This lovely fishing village with its picturesque harbour is instantly recognisable as the home of ITV’s Doc Martin but along with its claim to fame, the area is also well known for the variety of fish on offer. Especially good for rock fishing, visitors to the area can expect to catch mackerel, pollock, sea bass, gurnard, plaice and whiting.

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