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 2012/13 Season Prices:
* Tickets for Juniors (U14) are available free of charge from Davis Tackle but must be obtained in advance.
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.