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Fishing in Hampshire

Many people are attracted by the idea of fishing in Hampshire.

In a fast moving and stressful world this popular pastime can be the perfect escape.

Sitting by a lovely river, listening to the sound of birdsong and enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside is a wonderful way to unwind. 

Fishing by the coastline can also be uplifting, with the fresh air and bracing winds helping to relax the mind and clear away the cobwebs.

For those who are serious about their fishing, Hampshire's rivers are famous for their clear chalk streams - some of the purest in the country.

To find some of the best fishing in Hampshire, the lower reaches of the Test and Itchen are great salmon fisheries and both rivers have a superb run of sea trout.

In the Test Valley, where the beautiful River Test flows gently through wooded glades and open meadows towards the sea, you’ll find Mottisfont, regarded as the birthplace of modern day fly fishing.

It’s here that F. M. Halford, the man said to have established dry fly fishing as a sport, fished at the height of his fame in the late 1800s.

Fishing at MottisfontFisherman on Beach, Portsmouth City CouncilFresh fish

At Mottisfont and other sites along the Test, there’s a choice of fishing beats characterised by wide waters flowing over gravel beds, with some deep pools where bigger fish may be found.  

The chalk stream of the River Meon to the east of the county also sports both sea and wild brown trout and the larger ponds of the New Forest are available for freshwater coarse fishing.

The coast of Hampshire offers the most varied saltwater fishing in the south of England, whether you want to fish from the beach or boat.

Depending on the time of year and location, you may find black bream, bass, plaice, flounder, sole, dab, dogfish, mullet, mackerel and pollock. 

The triple estuary of Southampton Water, where the Rivers Test, Itchen and Hamble meet, is also home to a wide variety of fish.

For more fishing in Hampshire, you can enjoy pier or harbour fishing at Portsmouth, Lymington and the many smaller quays around the county's coastline, as well as in specially created ponds and lakes in the countryside.

Search our site for great locations for fishing in Hampshire. 

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  1. Kelley's Charter

    Kelley's Hero Fishing Charters

    Fort Cumberland Road, Portsmouth

    Whether you are an experienced angler, a novice angler, or maybe you would like to try sea fishing for the first time, then you have come to the right place.

  2. Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre

    Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre


    Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre offers activities/courses in kayaking, canoeing, climbing and abseiling, archery, tunnelling, high ropes, low ropes, rafting, trapeze and fishing for individuals and groups of all abilities.

  3. Woodington / Whinwhistle Fisheries

    Woodington / Whinwhistle Fisheries


    Woodington Trout Fishery has four lakes containing rainbow and brown trout up to 12lb. Whinwhistle Coarse Fishery has 3 lakes containing carp, tench, bream and roach. Site is a former nature reserve with 125 different nesting birds.

  4. Tightloops Fly Fishing

    Tightloops Fly Fishing


    Tightloops is the total fly fishing experience company for those holidaying in Hampshire and looking to experience a hobby Hampshire is world famous for.

  5. Sea Juicer Fishing Boat

    Sea Juicer


    Chartering from Portsmouth, Sea-Juicer is available for full day, half day or evening fishing trips, catering for all types of anglers from total beginers to the most experienced.

  6. Portsmouth Diving and Fishing Charters

    Portsmouth Diving and Fishing Charters

    Ferry Road, Southsea

    Portsmouth Diving and Fishing Charters, run by Gary and Heather, operates from Langstone Harbour with its boat, Charlotte Rose.

  7. Holbury Lane Trout Fishery

    Holbury Lane Trout Fishery


    Holbury Lakes Trout Fishery covers 40 acres of Test Valley countryside, and has been described as "the best-kept secret in Hampshire". It includes four lakes totalling 7-1/2 acres.

  8. Five Oaks Trout Lake

    Five Oaks Trout Lake

    Sarisbury Green, Southampton

    A beautiful setting for fly-fishing in rural Sarisbury Green. Clean weed-free water with good access for all keen fly-fishers. Pre-order catering available for all visitors. Corporate entertainment also available.

  9. Dever Springs

    Dever Springs

    nr Winchester

    Dever Springs is situated beside the River Dever (a tributary of the River Test) a big fish water where many 20lb plus rainbows and browns are taken each year.