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Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a city that will surprise you with its vast diversity and cosmopolitan air. Europe’s largest freshwater waterfront development (and one of the largest engineering projects in Europe), the Cardiff Bay Barrage, was completed in 1999. It has created a 500-acre freshwater lake with 8 miles of waterfront and was designed to make the historical ‘Tiger Bay’ a tourist and leisure destination. With its stylish shopping arcades, attractions for all the family, and bars and eateries to cater to all tastes, Cardiff is a destination that appeals to everyone.
Highlights for anglers include the excellent sea fishing (especially for cod) in the Bay Area co-joining Penarth to the south, the beautiful Victorian Roath Park Lake in the centre of Cardiff, where Captain Scott set forth on his ill-fated expedition, and Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs to the north. These yacht harbouring reservoirs, set towards the top of the beautiful Nant Fawr corridor, part of the prized green belt that runs through Cardiff, are currently partly foreign-owned and are closed-off to anglers pending a proposed housing development that would lose two-thirds of the larger Llanishen Reservoir. Widely popular campaigning for a recognized country park (set to include a trout fishery) could foresee Cardiff becoming a great all-round fishing city

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Location; St Mellons A48 Castleton
Sat Nav CF3 6LP
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Owner Permit; Cefn Mably
Availability; Day tickets on Bank 10 Coarse Lakes
Tel; 01633 681101
Fish Species; Carp, Bream, Roach
Additional information; Night fishing, Disabled access, Refreshments, W/C, Tackle shop, Match bookings, Tuition available,

Venue; HENDRE LAKE (Map D8)

Location; St Mellons on the eastern side of Cardiff CF3 0RG
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Owner Permit; Hendre A/C
Availability; Day or Season tickets
Tel; 07974053322 / 07878 831048 / 07891 638977
Fish Species; Roach, Carp, Tench, Bream, Perch, Ruffe
Additional information; 6 acre Lake. Disabled anglers access. Carp syndicate Limited fishing area due to conservation areas checkout website

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Venue; LAMBY LAKE (Map E6)

Location; Lamby way, Rumney, Cardiff Sat Nav: CF3 2EQ
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Owner Permit; Lamby A/C
Availability; Day & Season tickets
Tel; 07878831048
Fish Species; Roach, Rudd, Carp, Tench, Grass Carp
Additional information; 3 acre Lake opened June 2006 Syndicate and day tickets available

Venue; LAMBY POND (Map E6)

Location; Lamby way, Rumney, east Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF3 2EQ
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Owner Permit; Wentloog fisheries
Availability; Day tickets on bank or from Mr Clive Roberts
Tel; 07720 924704
Fish Species; Tench, Carp, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Carp, Crucians
Additional information; No night fishing. 12 peg venue 0.33 acre pond

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Venue; RIVER RUMNEY (Cardiff) (Map E8)

Llanrumney Motor way Bridge to Cardiff to Estuary
Sat Nav: CF23 9AD
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Owner Permit;
Cardiff City Council
Availability; FREE fishing
Fish Species; Chub, Roach, Dace, Eel, Sea trout
Additional information; Tidal Reaches are FREE

Venue; RIVER ELY (Map E6)

Running through St Fagans, Fairwater, Ely, Leckwith Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF5 6XB
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Glamorgan A/C
Availability; Season Tickets / Free stretch available
Fish Species; Sea Trout, Rainbow trout, Brown trout , Roach, Chub, Perch, Dace,
Additional information; The lower reaches running into the bay are free. The river above Ely bridge are club waters

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Location; Below Castle Bridge running to Cardiff Bay
Sat Nav: CF11 7BE
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Cardiff City
Availability; Free Section
Fish Species; Roach, Chub, Barbel, Dace, Sea Trout, Sewin, Salmon
Additional information; The lower reaches running into the bay are free. The river above Canton bridge are club waters

Venue; RIVER TAFF (Radyr to Cardiff) (Map E6)

Location; Running from Radyr to Cardiff City centre
Sat Nav: CF15 8AB
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Owner Permit; Joint clubs sharing Bute A/c Glamorgan A/c Birchgrove A/s
Fish Species; Salmon, Sea Trout, Grayling, Roach, Chub, Dace, Gudgeon, Eel
Additional information; Tickets available from local tackle shops. The river from Abercynon, it is joined by the Cynon river, and at Pontypridd it is joined by the Rhondda river. From Pontypridd, it runs roughly south, through Taff’s Well and Radyr, before arriving in the city of Cardiff in Llandaff. In Cardiff, the course of the river was changed during the 19th century; from Cardiff Castle it now follows an artificial riverbed west of where it previously flowed, now following a path through Bute Park and next to the Cardiff Arms Park and the former National Stadium, now the Millennium Stadium, and into Cardiff Bay, an artificial lake created by the construction of a barrage across the mouth of the river. It then flows out into the Severn estuary.


Location; Roath area Cardiff City
Google map: Sat Nav: CF23 5NP
Owner Permit; Cardiff City Council
Availability; Day Tickets on bank 46 acre Lake
Fish Species; Roach, Rudd, Carp, Tench, Bream
Additional information; Controlled by Cardiff City Council, Bird conservation area top of Lake W/C Disabled access.; Free Fishing

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Location – Cardiff Bay Wharf
Sat Nav: CF23 9AF
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Owner Permit – Wharf Fishery
Tel: 07972 736714
Availability – Syndicate and Winter Predator tickets on the 25 acre lake
Fish Species – Carp, Tench, Pike, Perch, Roach, Rudd, Bream, Eels
Additional Information – SyLndicate only water contact on website

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Venue; CARDIFF BAY (Map E7)

Location; Cardiff Bay Docks Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF10 5BZ
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Owner Permit; Cardiff Harbour
Tel; 029 2037 8161
Availability; Limited area on 500 acre Lake
Fish Species; Roach, Chub, Eel, Carp
Additional information; Day or Season tickets available from local tackle shops or the Bay office. At present fishing is permitted from Hamadryad Park on the River Taff, between Grangemoor Park and Sanatorium Park on the River Ely, and the Barrage Embankment.

Venue; PENTWYN POND (Map D6)

Location; Llanedeyrn Cardiff
Sat Nav: CF23 9PD
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Owner Permit; Pentwyn A/c
Availability; Day Season Tickets on bank 1.5 acre pond
Fish Species; Roach, Rudd, Perch, Carp, Bream
Additional information; Situated just off the Llanedeyrn Housing estate


Location; Blackweir to Docks
Google: Map
Owner Permit; Bute Park/Cardiff city
Availability; FREE stretch of water
Fish Species; Roach, Chub, Barbel, Dace, Gudgeon, Bream
Additional information; A feeder stream that runs from the River Taff at Blackweir and continues through Bute Park and Cardiff City centre

Venue; CANADA LAKE (Map 6D)

Location; Creigiau village
Sat Nav; CF15 9NF
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Owner Permit; Canada Lake Hotel
Tel; 02920 892090
Availability; Day Tickets 5 Acre Lake
Fish Species; Rainbow, Brown trout Mixed coarse fish 
Additional information; Canada Lake & Lodge can be found on the outskirts of Creigiau village, a few miles northwest of Cardiff and just a few miles from Junction 34 of the M4 This Lake has recently introduced coarse fishing 


Location; Situated in Llanishen and Lisvane, north of Cardiff. Entrances from Rhyd-y-Pennau Road, Llanishen and Lisvane Road, Lisvane.
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Owner Permit; Welsh Water
Additional information; One 59 acre Lake and one 19 acre Lake. Both are being redeveloped with Welsh Water Funding Fishing possible in the future 

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Tackle Shops 

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Garry Evans Tackle Centre 105-109 Whitchurch Road Cardiff CF14 3JQ Telephone: 02920 692968

Anglers Supplies 172 Penarth Rd, Cardiff CF11 6NL Phone: 029 2022 0723

TackleMart 182 Habershon St, Cardiff CF24 2LE Phone: 029 2045 3274

Caerau Angling Supplies 8 Heol Trenewydd, Cardiff CF5 5LU Phone: 029 2059 6807

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