Slipway facilities for small craft are available at Blakeney, Cromer, East Runton,
Morston, Sea Palling, Sheringham,Walcott, Wells, West Runton and Weybourne. For the
visitor, shifting sand banks, isolated rocks and wrecks can present a problem at low water
so local knowledge is strongly advised for those going outside marked channels. Inside
local channels and harbours much of the buoyage is maintained by the local fishermen and
yachtsmen, shifting sands and heavy weather can mean that charted positions are not always
accurate.Tide races off Blakeney Point and a long stand at low water at Wells are other
local hazards. The Harbour Master at Wells can be contacted for advice on 01328 711646.
Trout fishing is available at:
Bure Valley Lakes with 10 acres of water and 1 mile of river - 01263 587866
Fakenham Angling Club on the river Wensum - 01328 862543
There are several broads, lakes and rivers providing good fishing for most coarse fish:
Barton Broad: The Angler Hotel has 100 acres, most coarse and boat hire. - 01692 630740
Blickling Lake: with 25 acres for most coarse fish - 01263 734181
Felbrigg Hall Lake: 5 acres for rudd and tench. - 01263 513676.
Felmingham: Mill Farm with fishing in Mill Stream for Carp, Perch, Pike, Roach - 01263
Gimingham Mill Lake: lake, pit and river for bream, carp, tench and roach. - 01263 720432
Gunthorpe Hall Lake: 3 acres for most coarse fish. - Tickets available on the bank.
Gunton Lake: 16 acres for most coarse fish. - 01263 861373.
Hickling Broad and Heigham Sounds: over 400 acres of fishing with boats available from -
Martham Ferry Boatyard - 01493 740303
Whispering Reeds Boatyard - 01692 598314
Holkham Lake: carp and tench. - 01328 710227.
The coastline provides quality sea fishing from Wells to Walcott and beyond. Bait supplies
are readily available along the coast from the main tackle dealers, although ordering may
be necessary to ensure supplies for a certain day.
Cley and Salthouse
Off the shingle bank there is deep water inshore and there is generally good sport through
both summer and winter. Cley was at one time known for producing specimen skate and
thornbacks during late summer and early autumn, but recent years have shown a decline.
The beaches to the west of Cley are not suitable for shore
fishing although Wells Harbour can be fished on suitable tides for dabs and flounders. Do
however beware of the long stand at low water at Wells, after which the tide comes in very
The third breakwater east of the pier, where the water is deeper than most of the
surrounding area is said to be the prime place. The last three hours or so of the flood
normally provide good results. Fishing from the pier is popular and on a calm evening,
mackerel can be caught around the piles of the lifeboat shed.
In late autumn and winter god catches of cod and codling can be
caught on the high tide beyond the promenade from West Beach.
Good sport can be had on Mundesley and Trimmingham beaches particularly during the winter
months, for cod and codling off Trimmingham.
The east beach is preferred throughout the year for dabs, flounders and occasionally sole
and in late summer and early autumn small bass show in substantial numbers. Fishing in
winter can be unpredictable, but cod and codling can be taken on the beach towards Cromer.
Care should be taken at spring tides which can reach the cliff
face; also the cliffs to the east of of the village and Sidestrand are unprotected and
unstable - anglers should not fish at high water.
Two or three hours either side of high water is considered the best time, with late
evening often the most productive for dabs, eel, flounders and plaice. West beach is
popular where cod up to 8lb or so can be caught in the winter. Beach casters tend to fish
the flood up, to avoid rocks and foul ground. In summer, the beach west of the lifeboat
station is good for mackerel fishing.
Walcott and Bacton
The third breakwater.
The beaches provide good alround sport throughout the year with high tides in the evening
providing the best sport. Good bags of skate can be had during early autumn with codling
plentiful in early winter.
Because it is quite rocky, the beach here is not too good for fishing, but using break-out
tackle, cod can be had during the winter.
Excellent night fishing for cod and whiting in season and mackerel and some tope on calm