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Fishing Spots & Locations

Where To Go Fishing on the Norfolk Broads

The region has lots of free fishing places and angling platforms along most of the river banks of the Broads and you can also fish from a boat. There are also Private Broads that offer fishing by prior arrangement and Day Ticket Bank Fishing Spots. Always check with the fishery owner for detailed directions and permit information. However there are certain Broads where no fishing is permitted because they are conservation areas, and are signposted.

The Broads Authority also provide ease of access with fishing platforms for wheelchair users available at Rollesby Bridge, Filby Broads and on the south-east bank of the River Thurne (Martham) and upstream of the New Bridge at Potter Heigham.

Many of the Broads are not accessible by road and are private. Prior arrangement is necessary for those wishing to fish. Here are some of the Broads where you can fish, followed by contact details of the Still Water and River Coarse Fishing that is available on the Norfolk Broads.

The Norfolk Broads are a fragile wetlands environment, so please take litter home with you and remember never to discard fishing tackle, as it can easily harm wildlife.

  • Alderfen - 15 acres of boat fishing only
  • Barton Broads - 100 acres of fishing by boat
  • Decoy Broads - Norwich AA
  • Hickling Broads & Heigham Sound - 400 acres of fishing accessible by boat
  • Horsey Mere - Must be accessed from Meadow Dyke. No boats for hire locally. Bank fishing limited to Horsey Village Staithe (tickets Staithe Store). 
  • Little Bridge Broads - A small broad good at dawn and dusk.
  • Ormesby Broad - Rollesby, Lily, Great Ormsby and Filby
  • Broads - 800 acres of angling waters not connected to the rest of the navigation. Best fished by boat. 
  • Rockland Broad - Mostly boat fishing.
  • River Ant - At Ludham Bridge there is free fishing for 2.25 miles on the left hand bank both up and downstream of the Bridge. 
  • River Bure - One of the major rivers of the Broads system, with certain stretches being very difficult to fish. Try Coltishall Common, Wroxham, Woodbastwick, Acle Bridge. Boats available in several places, boat hire available per day to non-members. 
  • River Chet - Fishing is available from Loddon to Hardley Cross.
  • River Thurne - Short tidal river connecting several water courses. Important fishing. Good stretches of free Broadland fishing at Martham Ferry, Martham Boatyard and Potter Heigham. 
  • River Wensum - One of Norfolk's loveliest rivers although mainly privately controlled. Free fishing at Fakenham Common. Local tackle shops. For other access around the Broadland riversides contact local tackle shops. 
  • River Yare - Under-rated river, try Whitlingham, Surlingham Ferries, Buckenham, Cringleford Bridge. Permits for other areas from tackle shops in Norwich. 
  • Wroxham Broads - 100 acres of good fishing. Has to be fished by boat from Wroxham Angling Club.

Private Fishing Lakes and Broads Contact Details and Information

Bawburgh Lakes – Seven Lakes
Near Norwich, next to A47.
Entrance from Bawburgh – Norwich Road
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association
Tel: 07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member.
Key Species: Mixed Coarse Fishing

Catch 22
Lyng Easthaugh
Contact: Catch 22 Fishery,
Mr David Wilby
Tel: 01603 872948
Permit: From on-site tackle shop
Key Species: Carp, Pike, Roach, Tench, Bream
Disabled Fishing

Burgh Castle Fisheries
Nearest Town: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
Contact: Mr Darren Squires 
Tel: 07919 080961
Permit: Also available at the caravan
Key Species: Carp, Tench, Bream, Roach, Perch
Disabled Fishing

Church Farm Swim
Burgh Castle, Norfolk, near Great Yarmouth
Contact: Mr Perry Smith,
Tel: 01493 789139 or 07887 878090
Key Species: Carp, Tench, Rudd, Roach, Chub
Disabled Fishing

Colney Lake
Near Norwich, next to A47. 
Entrance from Bawburgh – Norwich Road
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association
Tel: 07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member. 
Key Species: Mixed Coarse

Costessey Pits
Three lakes totalling 24 acres, Norwich
Contact: Mr Simon Wrigglesworth,
Tel: 01603 861014
Permit: Taverham Mills
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Pike, Tench
Disabled Fishing

Decoy Broad
Thirty acres, Woodbastwick
Contact: Norwich and District Anglers Association,
Mr C Wigg,
Tel: 01603 423625
Permit: Principal tackle shops
Key Species: Bream, Eels, Perch, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

Decoy Farm Lake
On Decoy, Ormesby St. Michael
Contact: Decoy Farm, Mr Alan Lanham,
Tel: 07885 436440
Permit: From farm office
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Rudd, Tench

Still Water Game
East Tuddenham, 
Right at village pump, the lakes are 600 metres on left.
Contact: Norfolk and Suffolk Fly Fishers’ Society,
Mr DS Armes, 
Tel: 01603 423169
Permit: Angling Direct and Gallyons in Norwich. Dave’s Pet Foods in Fakenham
Key Species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Blue Trout –Fly Only

Edwards Angling
Belton, Norfolk
Contact: Edwards Pits,
Mr Edwards, 
Tel: 01493 780249
Permit: Shop on site
Key Species: Carp, Tench, Roach, Perch, Chub
Disabled Fishing

Finger Pool
Near Norwich, next to A47 road. 
Entrance from Bawburgh – Norwich Road
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association,
Tel: 07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member.
Key Species: Carp, Perch, Pike, Roach, Tench

Hall Farm Fisheries
Opposite Cherry Tree Holiday Park,
Mill Road, Burgh Castle
Contact: Sandy Riches, 
Tel: 01493 781521,
Permit: On the bank
Key Species: Carp
Disabled Fishing

Haveringland Hall Park Lake
Twelve acres, near Cawston
Contact: Haveringland Lake
Tel: 01603 871302,
Permit: Park office and on the bank
Key Species: Bream, Perch, Pike, Roach, Tench

Hevingham Lakes
Eight miles north of Norwich, between B1149 and A140
Contact: Hevingham Lakes,
Mrs Mathewson, 
Tel: 01603 754368
Permit: From Heathfield bungalow
Key Species: Carp, Tench, Roach, Rudd, Bream

Hickling Broad and Heigham Sound
700 acres of broad
Contact: Mr John Tusting,
Tel: 01692 598314,
Permit: Whispering Reeds Boatyard
Key Species: Bream, Perch, Pike, Roach, Rudd

Lodge Farm Lake
Near Norwich, next to A47 road.
Entrance from Bawburgh, Norwich Road
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association, 
Tel: 07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member. 
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Pike, Tench

Martham Pits
Next to the River Thurne, Martham
Permit: Budgens in Martham
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Rudd, Tench, Roach
Disabled Fishing

Mill Road Fishery
Eight miles from Great Yarmouth signposted from the A1064
Contact: Mr Andy Jameson,
Tel: 07917 756015
Permit: Day tickets are available from the bailiff on the bank
Key Species: Carp, Tench, Rudd, Roach 
Disabled Fishing

Millfarm – Morning Thorpe
Near Long Stratton, A140
Contact: Wroxham and District Angling Club,
Mr Robert Westgate,
Tel: 01603 401062
Key Species: Carp, Roach, Tench

Rackheath Springs
Off A1151, Norwich
Contact: Mr Robert Westgate,
Tel: 01603 401062, 07885 244262,
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Roach, Tench

Ranworth Broad
Hundred-acre broad, boats only
Contact: Norwich and District Anglers Association,
Mr C Wigg,
Tel:01603 423625
Permit: Principle tackle shop
Key Species: Bream, Perch, Roach, Pike, Eels

Rectory Farm Fisheries
Two lakes, one acre each. 
B1108 is nearest road
Contact: Rectory Farm Fishery,
Mr Adrian Semmence,
Tel: 01953 851509
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Tench
Disabled Fishing

Seamons Lake
Near Norwich, next to A47 road.
Entrance from Bawburgh – Norwich Road
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association, 
Tel:07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member. 
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Perch, Roach, Tench

Shallowbrook Fishing Lakes
Near Norwich
Contact: Mr Martin Green, 
Tel: 01603 747667
Key Species: Barbel, Bream, Carp, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

Taverham Mills Lake
Twenty acres, near Norwich
Contact: M Simon Wrigglesworth,
Tel: 01603 861014
Permit: Warden at lodge
Key Species: Carp, Pike, Roach, Tench

The Trinity Broads – Sportsman Broad
Ormesby St. Michael
Contact: Mr Greenwood, 
Tel: 01493 748724
Permit: On site
Key Species: Bream, Pike, Roach, Tench
Disabled Fishing

Trinity Broads
800 acres of broads
Contact: 01493 748724
Permit: On site
Key Species: Bream, Pike, Roach, Rudd, Tench
Disabled Fishing

Turf Hole Pond
Off A149 Road at Potter Heigham
Contact: Mr G Playford, 
Tel:01692 670604
Permit: Post Office Farm
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Perch, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

University Broad
Eighteen acres, Norwich
Nearest Town: Norwich, Norfolk
Contact: University of East Anglia Staff Association Angling Club (UEASAAC),
Tel: 01603 592676
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Tench, Perch, Pike

Wensum Fisheries
Three lakes up to 30 Acres
Contact: Norwich and District Anglers Association,
Mr C Wigg, 
Tel: 01603 423625
Permit: Principal tackle shop
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Tench, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

Works Lake
Near Norwich, Norfolk
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association, 
Tel: 07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member.
Key Species: Carp, Pike, Roach

Taswood Lakes
Mill Road, Flordon, Norwich, Norfolk NR15 1LX
Telephone: 01508 470 919
Email: info@taswoodlakes.co.uk
Key Species: Carp (up to 40lbs), Tench, Bream, Barbel, Rudd, Roach, Perch, Pike

River Coarse Fishing Contact Details and Information

River Bure, St Benet’s Abbey
St Benet’s Abbey, from River Ant d/s to River Thurne
Contact: Norwich and District Anglers Association, 
Mr C Wigg, 
Tel: 01603 423625
Permit: Ludham Post Office, Ludham Bridge
Key Species: Bream, Eels, Perch, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

River Bure, Woodbastwick
Opposite Horning Ferry d/s to Cockshoot Broad
Contact: Norwich and District Anglers Association, 
Mr C Wigg, 
Tel: 01603 423625
Key Species: Bream, Eels, Perch, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

River Bure – Wroxham
Wroxham, Norfolk
Contact: Wroxham & District AC, 
Mr Robert Westgate, 
Tel: 01603 401062, 07885 244262,
Key Species: Bream, Perch, Pike, Roach

River Thurne, Coldharbour Farm
One mile d/s to the River Bure
Contact: Norwich and District AnglersAssociation, 
Mr C Wigg, 
Tel: 01603 423625
Permit: From Ludham Post Office, Ludham Bridge
Key Species: Bream, Eels, Perch, Pike, Roach
Disabled Fishing

River Wensum – Catch 22
Contact: Catch 22 Fishery, 
Mr David Wilby,
Tel: 01603 872948, 
Permit: Fishery reception
Key Species: Barbel, Chub, Roach, Pike, Carp
Disabled Fishing

River Wensum – Sparham Hall
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association, 
Tel: 07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member.
Key Species: Bream, Chub, Pike, Roach

River Wensum – Wensum Fisheries
Costessey, 0.75 miles near Wensum Fisheries, River Wensum
Contact: Norwich and District Anglers Association, 
Mr C Wigg,
Tel: 01603 423625
Permit: From Ludham Post Office
Key Species: Pike, Dace, Chub, Perch, Roach
Disabled Fishing

River Yare – The Beauchamp Arms
Beauchamp Arms Public House, approx. 5200 yards off the right hand bank
Contact: Great Yarmouth and Norfolk AA,
Mr K Ford,
Tel: 01603 483923
Permit: At the Beauchamp Arms
Key Species: Bream, Carp, Roach,
Eels, Perch

Upper River Yare – Norwich
Near Norwich, next to A47. 
Entrance fromBawburgh – Norwich Road
Contact: Norfolk Anglers Conservation Association, 
Tel:07896 287374
Permit: Must be a member.
Key Species: Barbel, Chub, Pike, Roach

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