One of if not the easiest venue to fish in North Wales – Colwyn Bay. Park up and you are on the fishing mark. Perfect for less able anglers, well pretty much everyone. Fishing is possible from the boot of the car so no carrying of tackle is needed, you can sit in the car during poor weather and watch for bites. Tripod or you can rest your rods on the rails, it’s your call depending on how light you want to go.
There is free parking here for now too, as of Sept 2019 there are pay and display machine being installed further up the coast towards Colwyn Bay. Hopefully these machines will not make is this far down the promenade.
Colwyn Bay fishing venue is a high and low water mark, admittedly mainly it gets fished at high tide and weather permitting it can get very busy with Anglers. The last two weeks of August and first week of September every man and his dog tuns up as the mackerel shoals move in to shallow waters. They can be caught in great numbers here at times. 2019 the Mackerel seemed to give the area a miss, no huge shoals came close in but you could still them there but further out.
The prime spot for beach casting is said to be just by the arches, it’s not bad fishing though many do think it has declined slightly in more recent years. This could be down to the new beach a little further up towards Rhos on Sea, this new sand is covering the old worm beds. The fish will come in to the area when hunting food, the new beach has reduced the available food source. Though during winter this doesn’t seem to bother the hordes of whiting who descend upon the areas coastlines. They will eat anything and everything and can make for a busy session in what tends to be a slow time of the year for anglers.
At low tide worm can be pumped in decent numbers for fresh bait or there are tackle shops close by in Rhos on Sea, Rhyl or Pensarn. You will be fishing on to a sandy bottom so there should be no tackle losses. Gripper leads from 4 ounce hold the bottom fine here unless the wind is up.
Lug Worm, Rag Worm and Mackerel baits work well here.
Fish this mark in summer and you can get the obligatory dogfish, Plaice, Dab and school Bass. Just watch out as Lesser Weavers will also make an appearance. Feathering can get you Mackerel particularly around late Autumn and early September. Colwyn Bay fishing in winter tends to be a Whiting fest! You can also get Codling too as well Rockling.
There are toilets a little further down the coast but these are not in walking distance…neither are the icecreams in summer. In the second picture you can see how busy it get when the Mackerel are in, everyone waiting on the incoming tide.
Species: not exhaustive
Whiting, Dogfish, Mackerel, Dab, Lesser Weaver, Plaice, Bass, Lesser Weaver, Dab
In my opinion anywhere along this section fishes quite similar, with little reports of any larger fish coming out. Try peeler crab at low water during summer for a surprise Smoothhound or two.
Promenade, Colwyn Bay LL29 8ED
This venue is really easy to find, it’s 30 seconds off the A55.