Bude is very lucky to have its own two mile stretch of canal. It is well stocked with carp, roach, rudd, dace, perch, tench, gudgeon and bream and as it runs to the sea lock at one end and is open to the rivers Neet and Strat at the other, occasionally the odd trout, dace or eel may be caught.
To fish on the Bude Canal an Environment Agency Rod Licence (from Post Offices, online or by telephone) will be necessary along with a Day Permit which is only available from the Crescent Post Office (adjacent to the Canal).
Access to the canal is good with a tarmac towpath and car parks at the town end of the canal. There are also a number of purpose built fishing platforms on pegs 25 to 30 in the Upper Wharf which are ideal for wheelchair anglers.
Recent development of the canal has done much to improve the access to the canal bank. Roach, rudd, dace, perch, tench, carp and bream are commonly caught.
Hele Barton Fishery, Week St Mary (10 mins south of Bude) 01288 341622. The 1.5 acre lake up to 6 metres deep is stocked with tench and carp up to 15lbs. Day tickets (7am – dusk) and Evening deal (4pm – dusk). Payment to be made in the car park upon arrival.
Lower Lynstone Lakes, Bude 01288 352726. Two coarse lakes set less than a mile from Bude beaches, in a tranquil setting close to the canal. Well stocked with green tench, mirror, crucian, leather and common carp. Permits available on site only.
Lower Tamar Lake & Upper Tamar Lake Permit from the Permit Hut on site 01288 321712. The Upper Lake offers 81 acres stocked with rudd, carp, tench, bream and dace. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Day and night tickets available on site. Ring 01566 771930 or e-mail
Bude Anglers Association 01288 353986
Roadford Lake between Launceston and Okehampton 01409 211507
Crowdy Lake Nr Camelford 01409 211514
Mill Leat Thornbury Holsworthy 01409 261426
Westcountry Trout Orchard Lake Nr Boscastle 01840 250070 or 07969 699572
3 miles on the upper reaches of the River Tamar.Species Brown Trout (wild) and occasional Grayling. Day tickets from ‘Waterfront Tackle’ on the canal wharf. Charges £5 day, week tickets available £15.Season March 15th – Sept 30th.
Roadford Lake offers 8 miles of bank angling, fly fishing is the only method of fishing permitted on this lake other than for under 12’s who may bait fish from the bank. The lake is stocked with brown trout and is popular with both bank and boat anglers. Contact 01409 211507 email swlakestrust.org.uk. Sat Nav EX20 4QS.
Beach and Sea Fishing
Beach Fishing – All year round fishing from the local beaches and rocks around Bude is popular and catches of bass, codling, flat fish, mackerel, whiting and dogfish are possible. In summer the beaches are very popular with bathers and holidaymakers so beach and times should be chosen with care.
The Bude Breakwater is a good mark for codling, flat fish, mackerel, whiting and dogfish.
Widemouth Bay, the next beach some 3 miles south from Bude also offers good fishing.
Crabbing is a fun pastime for children of all ages. One of the best places for this is from the concrete bridge which crosses the river just below the sea lock. This is dependant on the tides as at high tide the bridge is covered by the sea. Low cost fishing nets and crabbing lines are available from Bude Tourist Information Centre.
Sea Fishing Trips
Team Shed is available for half and full day trips for fishing or sightseeing within a 20 mile radius of Bude. Fully equipped, insured and all fishing equipment is provided. Skippered by Dean, an experienced shore and boat angler.
The trip starts from the Lock Gates on Summerleaze Beach. You are taken out to sea to catch Mackerel which is then uses as bait when you are taken a few miles out. You can expect to catch Cod, Ling, Bream, Pollack and many others!
Trips available daily, and all bookings are via Bude Tourist Information Centre, 01288 354240. Payment via credit/debit card is required at the time of booking. Cash payment is available for bookings made in the TIC office.
Independent Charters sails from Clovelly Harbour, North Devons’ historic fishing village, to take you on the voyage of your choice – offering sea angling trips, sea fly fishing, boat charter fishing, reef & wreck fishing and Marine Wildlife & Lundy Island trips in the South Wests’ only Shimano sponsored boat – all equipment provided.
Any angler aged 12 years or over, fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels in England must have an Environment Agency rod licence.
Rod licences are available from Post Office outlets throughout England and Wales, online, by direct debit and over the telephone on 0844 800 5386. The phone line is open from 8.30am to 8.00pm daily from March to September and 8.30am to 6.00pm from October to February.
There is no charge to fish the stretch of river between the Rugby Club and the sea, as it is classified as salt water.