Fishing with the KLAA at Shepherd's Port, Snettisham by Stella Gooch

Fishing in and around Snettisham

Visit Snettisham along Norfolk's stunning Sunset Coastline for a great fishing experience


Shepherds Port, Snettisham is located off Beach Road on the RSPB Bird Reserve and is owned by Kings Lynn Angling Association. 

Shepherds Port in Snettisham is a complex of four fishing lakes (Bear Lake, Stantons Lake, Shepherd Lake and Ken Hill Lake).  Bear Lake is alive with Carp from between 3lbs and 20lbs.  It is a small round lake with a central island.  Other fish species known here are Roach and Tench.  Stantons Lake is a fixed fishery with a good head of big Bream and quality Roach.  There is also some large Carp into double figures to be found.  100lbs of Bream is also possible.  Shepherd Lake is also a mixed fishery with Roach, Skimmers and Bream are prevalent and Tench, Carp and Perch as also found here.  Ken Hill Lake is a narrow lake running alongside the sea defence wall and offers good Roach, Rudd and Tench fishing year round.  Membership is available from Hunstanton Tackle and no day tickets are possible. 

The Kings Lynn Angling Association have invested heavily in Shepherds Port and their development of the fishing areas has resulted in providing the RSPB with a car park and the Association with four fishing lakes. Two lakes are owned by the Association, and two are leased by the Association from The Sandringham and Ken Hill Estates.

The area is such that if the fishing is not so good the wildlife can be enjoyed with Red Kites, Marsh Harriers, Kestrels and Barn Owls just some of the visitors. The site that can be and often is enjoyed by the whole family.Toilet facilities provided during the months May to October.

Searles Fishing lakes in Hunstanton are a popular choice for local fishing.  Located next to the bowling green and Searles Country Club, the two fishing lakes (6 pegs on each) are linked by a cascading weir. Stocked with Rudd, Roach, Tench and Carp up to 18lb. Full day, half-day and hourly tickets are available, with the lakes open daily from 8am (rules and conditions apply, no keepnets or barbed hooks are permittted).

Springside Lake, Ingoldisthorpe, located on the A149 Snettisham to Dersingham bypass is another great fishing spot.  There is one lake with 23 pegs and fishing is permitted from 7am till dusk.  Evening Open Matches take place on Tuesdays from May through September.  Please note: booking is essential for Open Matches.  The lake is stocked with Roach and Rudd weighing up to 2lbs, Bream up to 8lbs, Tench up to 7lbs, Barel up to 6lbs and Common, Mirror and Ghost Carp up to 25lbs.  Barbless hooks are permitted up to a maximum of size 10.  Day tickets are available on the bank or from Hunstanton Tackle.  For more information call 01485 535141.

The Clay Pit, Back Lane, Docking - just turn left opposite the fish and chip shop and you will find them.  They have one fishing lake with 21 pegs and fishing is permitted from 8am until 11pm.  Fishermen must have their own unhooking mat and landing net and use only barbless hooks.  No groundbait, hemp or surface fishing is allowed.  This fishing lake is stocked with Roach and Rudd up to 1lb, Bream up to 4lbs, Perch up to 1lb, Tench up to 6lbs and Common, Mirror and Wild Carp to 18lbs.  There is no Pike fishing.  Day tickets are available from Monday to Friday from D Wright Auto Repairs, High Street, Docking.  On Saturdays day tickets are only available from the bailiff and there are no day tickets on Sundays as this is reserved for members only.  For more information call 01485 518185.

The River Hitch in Heacham runs through North and South Beach in Heacham.  This river is stocked with Roach, Rudd, Dace, Chub, Bream, Tench and Carp and is one of the few places where it is free to fish from the footpaths.

Deep sea fishing trips off our coastline are also offered from time to time subject to conditions.

For more information on local fishing see the KLAA website.






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