Fishing in the area has something for everyone; golden sandy beaches, rock marks, secluded tidal estuaries, tidal rivers, reservoirs and still water and coarse fishing.
Permits are available for day, week, monthly or seasonal from specified retail outlets in both Porthmadog and Criccieth.
All rivers in the area have brown trout fishing although the average size of wild fish is small at around 6 inches with only the occasional larger fish. If you like fishing for natural wild brownies on traditional flies, then the rivers can provide excellent day time sport. The top end of the River Dwyfor can produce good sport for the brown trout.
The source of the Glaslyn is Llyn Glaslyn, which lies directly under the western slopes of Snowdon. It then flows through Llyn Llydaw down the Gwynant Valley to one of the most beautiful lakes in Wales, Llyn Gwynant, from there it passes through Llyn Dinas, Beddgelert and Aberglaslyn Pass before reaching the sea at Porthmadog.
The Glaslyn is a short river being some 14 miles long and the Glaslyn Angling Association holds the rights for most of both banks from Porthmadog to Beddgelert. The association holds rights for Dinas Lake and Llyn Gwynant but boat fishing is restricted to local members.
There are day tickets available for The Cambrian Angling Association water's on the River Dwyryd. The Dwyryd runs down the Vale of Ffestiniog and joins the River Glaslyn at Borth-y-Gest
Eisteddfa Coarse & Trout Fishery
The majority of the Dwyfor is controlled by the Criccieth, Llanystumdwy and Distinct Angling. The average yearly catch on the Dwyfor is 2000 to 3000 sea trout and between 30 to 40 salmon.
98 acres and set in the spectacular Snowdonia National Park. The fishery is run by the Pwllheli and District Angling Association
Glan Morfa Mawr Trout Fishery
Located in Morfa Bychan just outside Porthmadog, Glan Morfa Trout Fishery is an any method venue. It is well stocked with Rainbow Trout from 1lb upwards into double figures; best fish to date - 16 lbs 9 oz and the best bag 29 lb 12 oz. The 5 acre lake is stocked daily with top quality Rainbow Trout and set in beautiful countryside.
1200 acres of lake once used as cooling water for the nuclear power station. Now the reactor has shut down, the lake has reverted to its former role as a trout fishery. It has a fleet of 40 boats.
Harlech - Abersoch
The fishing is mostly from clean shallow sandy beaches with the estuary of the river Glaslyn at Porthmadog and the headlands at Penychain, Gimlet Rock, and Llanbedrog being the notable exceptions. The main species encountered from shore are bass, thornback ray, dogfish, whiting, bream, mackerel, mullet, dabs, flounder, pollock, wrasse, silver eels and occasional plaice. The beach running north from Harlech towards the Glaslyn estuary produces occasional small turbot
Abersoch - Morfa Nefyn
With the exceptions of Hells Mouth, Aberdaron and Whistling Sands the coastline here is rocky with high cliffs and only the occasional sandy cove. The species encountered from this part of the coast are:- bull huss, pollack, dogfish, conger, wrasse, bass, ray, mackerel, whiting and plaice.
Morfa Nefyn to Dinas Dinlle
This North Coast is mostly one of shallow sandy beaches the only exceptions to this are being the old dock at Pistyll and the pier at Trefor. The main species worth targeting here are:- bull huss, pollack, dogfish, bass, ray, mackerel, whiting, dabs, coalfish and plaice.
Eisteddfa Fishery is one of the best purpose built Carp Lakes in North West Wales surrounded by stunning views of the sea and mountains. It is easily accessible along the A497 Criccieth to Porthmadog Road, being only 5 minutes by car from Porthmadog and 2 minutes from Criccieth.
The lake is well stocked with both common carp and mirror carp into double figures, plus it has a good head of still water chub and a smaller number of tench. No Hybrid fish have been stocked giving Eisteddfa Fishery its unique quality fighting fish.
The 6 acre coarse lake at Bron Eifion is classed as a commercial fishery, with a reputation as one of the most densely stocked lakes in Wales and the North West region.
It is also the first fishery in Wales to be honoured with the title of "Centre of Excellence" by the Welsh Federation of Coarse Anglers (WFCA) in the year 2008.
Bron Eifion's lakes are established old Estate Lakes, not just holes in a field and are full of natural feed for the fish. They are surrounded by mature woodland - a peaceful and relaxing setting to spend the day's fishing.
Species include: Common and Mirror Carp (20lbs+) , F1 Hybrid Carp (Champagne Carp) , Crucian Carp, Ghost Carp, Ghost Koi Carp, Tench Bream, Golden Orf, Blue Orf , Roach , Gudgeon , Chub, Barbel.