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We're ideal for fishing enthusiasts

The Broads, sea and rivers around here make for great fishing opportunities,

for both the experienced and the beginnmer!

1. Broads Fishing

Have a look at the excellent Fishing In The Broads


'The Norfolk Broads in the midst of the wetland landscape of reed beds and marshes located in the heart of Norfolk, offers a wide range of fishing for all levels of anglers. The Norfolk Broads is one of the best known angling locations in Britain with over 300 square kilometres of rivers and shallow lakes to enjoy the delights of fishing in this unique countryside. The Norfolk Broads support a variety of fresh water fish species; Bream, Roach, Eels, Ruff, Perch, Rudd, Tench, and Pike as well as estuarine species such as Flounders, Sea Bass, Grey Mullet and Goby and migratory Sea Trout can be found close to the sea.'

Where to Broads' Fish
This area region has many free fishing places and angling platforms along most of the river banks of the Broads and you can also fish from a boat on the open waters of the Broads. There are also Private Broads that offer fishing by prior arrangement and Day Ticket Bank Fishing Spots.

Please make sure that you have the proper permission to fish on privately own Broads or river banks as owners can take offence to those that are illegally fishing on their land. There are numerous places across the Broads that facilitate disability access and wheel-chair friendly fishing platforms at Rollesby Bridge, Filby Broad, the south-east bank at Martham on the river Thurne and upstream of the New Bridge at Potter Heigham.

There are certain Broads where no fishing is permitted because they are conservation areas or SSSIs, and are signposted. There are numerous places across the Broads that facilitate disability access and wheel-chair friendly fishing platforms.

You must have a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence; available from the Post Office or online, to fish on the waters of the Norfolk Broads.
For more information on the fishing season and licences required, check out our licence page - Fishing Season & Licences

The following suggestions are from

  • Ensure you have the correct licence and permissions before you set out and also that it’s not the coarse fishing or pike closed season.

  • You can see the freshwater rod fishing rules here.

  • See our round up of best places to go fishing in north Norfolk and also see suggestions in the North Norfolk Fishing Guide.

2. Beach Fishing

This is free with a valid fishing licence. Nearby Walcott and Bacton provide good sea fishing all year.

Further afield, you can fish for cod, bass and tope off-shore from Wells to the shingle bank at Cley and Salthouse beach (good for skate and thornbacks). There’s good night fishing at Weybourne, Sheringham and West Runton to Cromer, plus mackerel in summer. In late Autumn/Winter, expect to see cod, whiting and codling along from Cromer to Overstrand, Mundesley and Trimingham.


See British Sea Fishing.

Get the latest East Coast Catch Reports from World of Sea Fishing (WSF)

and from Norfolk Angling Club

3. River Fishing

There are free fishing rivers in Norfolk; with four locations along the River Ant – the nearest is at Stalham Staithe beside Staithe Road, near the A149 and also nearby are Irstead Staithe near Irstead church a public staithe at the bottom of Barton Turf village; banks near Ludham Bridge.

A little further is Coltishall: The River Bure has three locations - South Walsham Broad from Fleet lane South Walsham; Coltishall Common by The Rising Sun pub; Wroxham Broad just before Wroxham sailing club down Avenues Road. The River Hitch runs from North and South Beach in Heacham and there is fishing along all the way down the footpaths. The River Thurne has spots from Martham Ferry, provided you don’t fish from frontages of private property. Check that the bank is free for fishing - some are owned by fisheries and may require a permit or membership.

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