Cardiff Bay fishing

As Cardiff Bay has matured as a watercourse the fish population has diversified and the habitats developed currently Cardiff Bay fishing is thriving.

Cardiff Bay fishing of the coarse variety  is now very healthy with chub, perch, roach, carp, rudd and bream now present. Unsurprisingly with this range of fish our old freshwater predator the pike is also present to occasionally thin out the population.

Should you wish to thin out the pike population, or any of the species just mentioned then you would need a Cardiff Bay fishing permit to do so. These are available from the Harbour authority.

Cardiff Bay fishing is available from Hamadryad Park on the River Taff, the locations are from Grangemoor Park and Sanatorium Park on the Ely River. You can also fish from the Barrage Embankment

Its always clearer on a map so take a look below. Cardiff Bay fishing permitted areas are marked in red.

Cardiff Bay Fishing - permitted areas

Cardiff Bay fishing -permitted areas

Cardiff Bay fishing platforms are just above Penarth road and are suitable for all interested in angling. There are also four purpose built angling platforms on the River Ely just above Penarth Road suitable for disabled anglers.

If you are after a bit of salt-water Cardiff Bay fishing then the Northern side of the barrage has provision.

The harbor authority is the source of licenses, the requirement being a Cardiff Harbour Authority Fishing License and an Environment Agency Rod License. This applies to all anglers over the age of 12.


Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
Fishing license – 1 day £6.00 activity
Fishing license – annual £40.00 activity
Fishing license – week £20.00 activity

Cardiff Bay fishing - cod

Licenses for Cardiff Bay fishing are available from the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre and Channel View Leisure Centre. You must show your license to the bailiff if requested.

A lot of the tackle and bait shops also provide a license saving an extra trip, you can get legal and your worms at the same time!

If you can catch them there are also some pretty big mullet in the Bay so look out for them.

Check the map and look out for signs indicating where you can participate in Cardiff Bay fishing. Its daylight hours only so Dawn to dusk is the rule.

Use the Car Parks around the bay, if you park on side street make sure its permitted a ticket at the end of the day is one catch you want to avoid.


 Cardiff Bay Fishing Charters

Cardiff Bay Fishing clubs exist at the two Yacht clubs in Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and Cardiff Yacht Club. Contact the clubs directly through their website for Cardiff Bay Fishing trips, In addition Penarth Marina offers commercial charters

Leah James Charter Fishing 07966 681829 or on the office number 01446 720441


Contact Details

c/o Cardiff Harbour Authority

Queen Alexandra House

Cargo Road



CF10 4LY

Tel: 029 2037 8161

Cardiff harbour authority website

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  5. Steve /

    Can anyone help please i am a kayak fisherman who likes fishing for pike and perch. Can anyone tell me where can fish for them on my kayak please

  6. Fishadmin / Post Author

    Not sure about pike and perch but certainly kayak fishing is a possibility on the Cardiff foreshore.

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