Take the family out fishing at some of Cornwall’s prettiest lakes, harbours and quays. Here are 8 of our favourite locations to go fishing…


North Cornwall is home to the village of Boscastle, the perfect location for a fun fishing trip. Boscastle is full of historical treasures; The Old Forge was used as the village’s blacksmiths until the 50’s when it was turned into a tea room. Since then it has been a National Trust shop and finally an art gallery and studio.  Also the 1960’s Museum of Witchcraft which is one of the most popular museums in Cornwall; you can visit here anytime between April until Halloween.

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Kingsand and Cawsand  

Visit the traditional twin villages of Kingsand and Cawsand in South East Cornwall. These quaint locations are situated on the Rame Peninsula making them great for fishing. Whilst you are visiting why not see if you can spot the remains of old pilchard cellars from the 16th century on Kingsand’s shoreline. Just a stone’s throw away from the coast is The Devonport Inn, the home of stunning sea views, local ales and great food. We recommend trying the wild garlic and Cornish asparagus risotto with truffle oil.

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Fowey is an Area of Natural Beauty in the south of Cornwall and is a mix of medieval and Georgian buildings with independent shops along the way. After a day of fishing why not visit The Fowey Hotel which is situated along the River Fowey; the perfect place for a delicious cream tea (jam then cream) to wind down.

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Take a trip to the Lizard Peninsula for a family-fun day of fishing where you can catch a range of fish from mackerel to shark to mullet and more. While you are there try and spot the old lifeboat house that’s there – it hasn’t been used since the 1963. If you are feeling peckish, pop over to the Cadgwith Cove Inn, a charming historic inn with an array of tasty dishes such as the Cadgwith Crab Tian salad to accompany a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc!

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Argal Lake, Penryn 

Argal Lake is one of South Cornwall’s prettiest lakes where dogs can enjoy the open air whilst waiting for the fish to bite. Pack a blanket for a family picnic or bring a few sausages and enjoy a BBQ whilst soaking up the sun. Perhaps wake up earlier and go for a pre-fishing breakfast at the Caffe Nova Argal View.

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If you are looking for a good location to go Conger fishing, head to Newlyn. Don’t miss the Newlyn Fish Festival where you can enjoy the freshest local fish with a great atmosphere. Every morning fish are brought to land and auctioned off on the quay.

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Situated in West Cornwall is the picturesque fishing village of Mousehole, with its charming cobbled streets and stunning harbour. Nearby there is the Minack Theatre, it’s the perfect place for a picnic in the summer whilst watching a great performance. If you are just visiting, perhaps stay at the Old Coastguard, a dog friendly hotel with a wide range of wines and sherries.

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Jump on the ferry in Fowey that goes to the quay at Boddinick, a charming village on the river. Whilst you are enjoying the day fishing in the south of Cornwall, why not enjoy a hearty lunch at historic Old Ferry Inn, perhaps try the classic scampi and chips as you’re by the coast and finish off with the sticky toffee pudding – yum!

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Written by Georgia Atkins