Fishing in and Around Christchurch

The waters in and around Christchurch are renowned for providing the best all-round fishing in the country. Visiting anglers are well catered for with short term permits being available for most of the best fisheries in the area.

Coarse fishing on the famous Hampshire Avon and Dorset Stour is excellent with good numbers of specimen barbel, chub, roach, dace, bream, carp and pike regularly caught. Still-water fisheries in the surrounding area also provide good carp, tench, roach and pike fishing.

Coarse, seatrout and salmon fishing is available at the famous Royalty Fishery.

Fly-fishing for rainbow trout is available at several well stocked still-water day ticket fisheries within easy reach of the town. detailed brochures are available on request.

Sea angling in Christchurch Harbour at Stanpit is particularly good during the Spring and Summer months for bass and grey mullet, while nearby Mudeford and historic Hengistbury Head offer plenty of scope for beachcasting all year round. Please note that Christchurch Harbour is now a sporting fishery and all fish - including game and sea species - must be returned. For clarification this rule does not preclude the use of livebaits within the boundries of this fishery. A full list of the relevant rules can be found here

Fishing punts can be hired at Christchurch Quay and Boat fishing trips are available out of Christchurch, Poole or Keyhaven - click here for contact numbers.


Daily & Weekly Coarse Fishing Permits available to fish in and around Christchurch 2014/15 Season Prices:

Standard price

Concessionary

Fishery Main species caught
Day
Week
Day
Week

River Avon
Royalty (June 16 - Mar 14)

B Br C Ch D R S Pe T

£12.50

 N/A

£8.50

N/A

River Stour

Throop Fishery (Beats 1 - 3 Inc.)

 

B Br Ch D R P Pe T C Br

 

£10

 

£55

 
 
£7

 

£40

 River Stour

Throop Fishery (Beat 1 Only)

B Br Ch D R P Pe T C Br

£5

 N/A

 N/A

 N/A

 River Stour

Lower Stour (Iford to Tuckton)

 Ch D R M S

 £7.50

 N/A

 £5

 N/A

Estuary (Bank) - Coarse Day
Christchurch Harbour (Tuckton Bridge to Lower Harbour Limit)

B Br C Ch D F M Pe R Sb

£7.75

   N/A

     *

 N/A

Estuary (Bank) - Coarse 24H
Christchurch Harbour (Tuckton Bridge to Lower Harbour Limit)

B Br C Ch D F M Pe R Sb

£12.50

   N/A

     *

 N/A

Estuary (Bank) - Game 24H Christchurch Harbour (Tuckton Bridge to Lower Harbour Limit)

Samon & Sea Trout

£15.00

  N/A

     *

 N/A

24H Estuary (Boat 1 person)  Christchurch Harbour (Tuckton Bridge to Lower Harbour Limit)

B Br C Ch D F M Pe R Sb

£12.50

N/A

*

N/A

24H Estuary (Boat 2 person)  Christchurch Harbour (Tuckton Bridge to Lower Harbour Limit)

B Br C Ch D F M Pe R Sb £20.75  N/A   N/A

* Tickets for Juniors (U14) are available free of charge from Davis Tackle but must be obtained in advance.  

B = Barbel Br = Bream C = Carp Ch = Chub Cr = Crucian D = Dace F = Flounder
P = Pike Pe = Perch M = Mullet R = Roach S = Seatrout Sb = Bass T = Tench

Permits must be purchased before fishing. All of the above permits are available from Davis Tackle together with a wide range of bait, tackle and clothing for coarse, game and sea fishing, also advice and information regarding trout and salmon fishing.


N.B. You will also need to be in possession of an Environment Agency Rod Licence before fishing anywhere, available from all Post Offices, and now also by phoning  0870 1662662 , 8.00am - 8.00pm, 7 days a week (except Bank Holidays: 9.00am - 5.00pm).


Seasons: All the river fisheries listed above are closed to coarse fishing during the statutory coarse fish close season (March 15 - June 15 inclusive). Christchurch Harbour is also closed to coarse fishing but permits remain available to fish for both game and sea fish during this period.

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