Wiltshire Tourist Guide

Fishing in Wiltshire

River pond or lake fishing in Wiltshire is well provided for in the county, usually in quiet and peaceful surroundings.

Places to Fish in Wiltshire

The main river of Wiltshire is the River Avon. Many tributaries of the river rise as a network of clay streams fed by chalk springs in the Vale of Pewsey, then flows south through some of the most beautiful and tranquil countryside to be found in England. Charming villages of flint and thatch cottages, village pubs, abound throughout its length, Upavon in the north south through Enford, Netheravon, Figheldean and the town of Amesbury and on to the city of Salisbury. Equally renowned fisheries are those of the famous rivers Wylye and Nadder which converge at the ancient town of Wilton, to finally join the Avon in the heart of Salisbury. All three river fisheries are accessible by winding roads which closely follow the river routes. Brown trout or winter grayling fishing, casting instruction, tackle equipment and waders are available on a daily basis at several sites along all three rivers.

Stourhead (Western Estate) close to Mere in the south west of Wiltshire offers fly fishing in a range of ponds and lakes on the estate.
The trout breed naturally in the streams that rise from springs in the woods, and are abundant. There are ten ponds on the headwaters and tributaries of the river Stour. All are in peaceful, beautiful surroundings.

Blackland Lakes are situated in attractive countryside close to the Marlborough Downs, secure and well away from busy main roads. As well as three lakes, two for coarse fishing and one a wildfowl reserve, there are 180 pitches for Caravans and Tents, 130 with electricity and 15 “super pitches” with all main services.


On a smaller scale there are two lakes at Cuckoo's Rest in the village of Dilton Marsh which is close to Westbury. Cuckoo’s rest offers a variety of coarse fishing and accommodation for touring caravans.

Always worth considering is a days fishing on the historic The Kennet & Avon Canal. Fishing is permitted along its entire length but only from the towpath. The waterway is navigable and runs from east to west entering Wiltshire near Little Bedwyn village then west to Devizes where it feeds into the Somerset Avon. Fishing rights are held mostly by Angling Associations or Fishing clubs who issue daily, fortnightly and annual fishing permits. The canal holds a good stock of Skimmers, Bream, Trench, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Gudgeon, Pike and a few Carp.

There are many other fisheries throughout Wiltshire offering visitor facilities to make Fishing in Wiltshire a truly relaxing and pleasurable experience.

Fishing in Wiltshire