Situated in the North East of England, and nestled below the Scottish border, you’ll find the stunning coastal county of Northumberland – one of the UK’s best fishing destinations. Whether you prefer freshwater or coastal fishing, you’ll find plenty to catch in Northumberland’s waters – making it the perfect location for a UK fishing break.
Depending on where you cast your line, you may need a fishing permit. These can be bought for the day or season, and can be obtained from many angling shops in the region – as well as local council offices and tourist information centres. However, there are numerous locations in the region where you can fish for free.
Where to fish
Today, we’re bringing you a handpicked selection of the county’s finest fishing locations, so you can spend more time by the waterside and less time researching your next angling break.
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Popular with local fishermen, the charming harbour village of Amble is a great place to start your Northumberland fishing trip. Check in at Amble Angling Centre on Newburgh Street to stock up on bait and get a bit of insider knowledge from local experts. From Amble pier, you’ll be able to catch flatfish (plaice) and mackerel – or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can charter a fishing boat from the marina to try your hand at cod fishing.
Original image by Akuppa John Wigham
In the heart of Northumberland National Park sits Kielder Water, the largest artificial lake in the UK – this is Northumberland’s biggest reservoir. This popular fishing spots allows bait, spin and fly fishing, and even offers boats to rent if you prefer angling from the water. The reservoir is stocked regularly with rainbow and brown trout, which often lurk around the water’s edge to prey on insects falling from the trees lining the shore.
Tynemouth and South Shields piers have long been a favourite fishing spot for anglers looking to take advantage of the turbulent waters where the River Tyne meets the North Sea. This location is extremely popular for mackerel fishing in the summer months, with locals hauling them in by the bucket load. However, it’s not just mackerel on offer – with cod, flatfish and coalfish all up for grabs, depending on the time of year.
The River Tyne
The River Tyne is widely regarded as England’s best salmon fishing river – with reports of salmon weighing over 30lbs! Starting in early February and running through to October, the Tyne’s salmon season attracts anglers from all over the UK. That’s not all, though, with sea and brown trout – as well as plenty of coarse species – up for grabs. Head for the scenic stretch of river between Wylam and Hexham for the best fishing banks.
Where to stay
With plenty of accommodation options on offer near Northumberland’s prime fishing spots, you’ll be spoilt for choice. That being said, holiday cottages in Northumberland offer the most authentic experience – with plenty of room to store your fishing kit. Self-catering facilities also mean you’ll be able to cook up your catch at the end of a hard day’s fishing!
If you’re thinking of planning a fishing break in Northumberland, organising your travel couldn’t be easier. The nearby Newcastle International Airport connects the county with London Heathrow, as well as a number of major travel hubs abroad. If you’re travelling from elsewhere in the UK, there are 3 train stations running the length of the county – while the A1 provides easy road access.
We’ve just touched the surface of Northumberland’s fishing hot spots, with numerous rivers and lakes, as well as miles of pristine coastline to explore – all rich with a variety of game and coarse species, just waiting to be fished.