Fishing Breaks

Fishing Holidays & Angling Information

Gone fishing! Leave mundane troubles far behind when you go angling in the tranquility of Snowdonia’s most breathtaking surroundings. Cast a line, relax, unwind on one of the many nearby lakes. Or, if you’re an angler set on catching a salmon for dinner, you will find mile after mile of sea trout and salmon beats on the river Wnion and the beautiful Mawddach estuary. Just a short run up the estuary from Penmaenpool, where the Mawddach reaches Barmouth, sea fishing enthusiasts will delight in the harbours and jetties from which to lure the bass and mackerel.

Guides to Fishing in the National Parks of Wales

Guides to fishing in the National Parks of Wales.

Fishing Guides

Environment Agency Salmon and Sea Trout Reports.


Sea Trout and Salmon Fishing

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Fly fishing for trout and salmon in the Mawddach estuary, North Wales.

Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel is privileged to have complimentary fishing permits with the Dolgellau Angling Association. These fishing permits cover thirteen miles of prime sea trout and salmon pools on the spectacular Mawddach estuary and its tributary the river Wnion. The original Penmaenuchaf Home Beat is along the Mawddach estuary just a short walk from the hotel.For up-to-the-minute reports, refer to the “Trout & Salmon” magazine or contact us. Proprietor, Mark Watson, is himself a keen fisherman and is always pleased to advise.

Dolgellau Angling Association
Secretary Mr. Gavin Jones
Address Maescaled



LL40 1UF

Phone 01341 422 706
Website  DAA Official Site

Brown and Rainbow Trout Fishing

Fly fishing on Lake Cynwych near Dolgellau.

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The limpid waters of Llyn Cynwch, just outside Dolgellau, are stocked thoughout the year with high quality brown and rainbow trout. The hotel’s complimentary DAA permits can also be used at Llyn Cynwch and fish may be caught on fly or bait.For another fishing treat, take the single-track Cader Road up to Cregennan Lakes. Llynnau Cregennan were once part of the original Penmaenuchaf Estate, and the twin lakes offer fly fishing at the feet of the dramatic Cader Idris whose crystal clear streams feed the lakes.

Should visitors wish to cast their net wider, there are well stocked reservoirs such as Llyn Brenig, Llyn Celyn, Llyn Trawsffynydd and Llyn Clwedog. All within a 45 minute drive from the hotel and all providing first class rainbow and brown trout fishing in beautiful locations.

Llynnau Cregennen Snowdonia Scenery

Sea Fishing

Being only five miles from the coast, Penmaenuchaf is in an excellent location for sea fishing enthusiasts. For a day to remember, boat trips from Barmouth harbour can be organised. Fishing parties of up to twelve guests can be arranged with Barmouth Viking II charter boat or through the hotel. Land lubbers might prefer to fish from the strand or the harbours and jetties in the mouth of the Mawddach estuary. Shoals of bass top the bill and other sea fish that can be caught depending on season include tope, bream, mackerel, whiting, conger eels and ray.

Coarse Fishing

There is plenty of coarse fishing in the area including carp, tench, chubb and catfish.
Brynmelin Pools has two small pools near Machynlleth, containing carp to around 16lbs plus tench, bream and roach. Llyn y Gro at Sarnau near Bala, is described as the epitomy of scenic, peaceful and enjoyable coarse fishing.