Angling & Fishing
With its fast flowing streams, well-stocked reservoirs and incredible, accessible coastline the Island offers anglers a perfect place to fish.
Because the Isle Man is located in the path of the Gulf Stream it enjoys warmer waters and therefore attracts marine-life associated with a warm water current.
So whether you are a keen fisherman or just want to try a new pastime you’ll find a range of freshwater fishing options. Enjoy a peaceful hour by the river, a serene stretch at the reservoir or the peace and quiet of fishing from the many beaches, piers and rocks.
The Island has eight reservoirs – many of which are stocked with rainbow trout – and you’ll find sea trout and salmon in the major streams.
And if you want to experience something completely different, hire a specially adapted sea kayak or take a fishing charter where you’ll be able to turn your hand to fishing for crabs, lobster and even shark!
Try the River Glass, River Neb or the Silverburn River for the chance to catch brown and rainbow trout or the Island’s reservoirs which are well stocked on a regular basis. The Clypse and Kerrowdhoo reservoirs near Douglas are restricted to fly fishing only.
You’ll find good rock fishing on the southern and eastern coasts at Perwick Bay in Port St Mary, Langness near Castletown and from Douglas Head. The rocky northern coasts are also hotspots for tope and bass.
Many of the Island’ best fishing spots are only accessible by boat. Try hiring a specially adapted kayak, which includes rod holders and tackle compartments, or take a fishing charter from either Peel in the west or Port Erin in the south.
Visitors will need a license before fishing in the Island's rivers or reservoirs, but you can fish freely in the ocean with rod and reel. Licenses can be purchased from local Post Offices and online via www.gov.im.
For more information about fishing in the Isle of Man, please see the Department of Environment, Food & Agriculture website.