Coarse Fishing on the pretty, scenic canal represents the easiest and safest angling option in Bude. The waters here are well stocked with various species, but the fishing for rudd, roach, bream and carp can be especially good. That said, you might catch the occasional flounder or sea trout!
Float fishing is best fun, with pole or rod and reel. Maggots, sweetcorn and pellets are all reliable baits. You’ll get more bites fishing relatively fine (4-5lb line, size 12-16 barbless hook) and by regularly throwing in small helpings of bait around the float. Feeder or carp style tactics will also work however; most carp are 2-5lbs, but the odd much bigger fish appear to well over 20lbs.
One word of warning here too: the canal can get very busy with boats at certain times of year. Early starts make sense if you want a peaceful couple of hours, or you could try further out of town for a quieter experience. The fish are well used to kayaks and pedaloes however, so don’t be too discouraged by human traffic.
Coarse anglers aged 12 and over will need the usual national rod licence, but also a day ticket from Bude Canal Angling Club. Both can be easily bought right next to the canal at the Post Office.
Several level fishing platforms also exist for wheelchair users.
The Weir Cafe & Bistro
The lake was created back in 2011 and current stock is mainly Carp with some Roach and Dace.
Adult Ticket: £5.00 per Day, £20.00 per week
Junior (U16) & OAP: £2.50 per day, £10.00 per week
Please purchase your ticket from the Café either on the day or over the phone where we can accept credit or debit cards.