A combination of beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and exceptionally clean water makes fishing the rivers and streams on Exmoor a special pleasure. Permit fishing is available on the East Lyn, the Barle and the Exe along with a number of pools and reservoirs.
Excellent sea fishing is also available for free (except for lost tackle!) along much of the stunning Exmoor coastline with catches of bass, cod, whiting, conger and skate all reported. Some of the stony beaches and rocky headlands are limited by the state of the tide and can be hard on tackle. Please be aware that the huge tidal range of Exmoor's coast means that it easy to get trapped by the tide - so always be aware of tide times and local conditions. Joining an escorted boat fishing trip can be a more reliable way to catch sea fish and there are many trips to choose from at very reasonable prices. Boats run from Minehead, Combe Martin, Porlock Weir, Watchet and Ilfracombe.
Note: Any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels on Exmoor must have an Environment Agency rod licence. An owner's fishing permit is also normally required - including some reservoirs owned by water companies.
In the meantime, discover just how important the rivers on Exmoor are to locals and visitors alike...
Anglers Please be Aware
The famed Atlantic salmon has suffered a dramatic stock reduction throughout its range in recent years.
Exmoor continues to provide excellent opportunities for game fishing and welcomes responsible anglers who make a considerable contribution to the local economy. Anglers already return the majority of fish they catch, but it’s now vitally important to make the following preparations before fishing.
- Make yourself aware of the stringent national and local rules applying to fishing methods, fish handling and catch and release on the rivers where you have gained permission to fish.
- Comply with best practice when playing and releasing fish to enhance their chances of reproductive success.
- Send timely and accurate rod licence catch returns, as legally required, to the Environment Agency in order to assist the management of salmon stocks.
Here are some great videos from the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Angling Trust and FishPal aimed at conserving salmon stocks. Enjoy responsible salmon fishing on Exmoor!
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