Are you looking for a pike up to 40 pounds? Any of these Bangor proven pike fishing locations will do the trick.
1. Llyn Cowlyd
Llyn Cowlyd is accessible by road from Trefriw, about 3 miles (5 kilometres) to the east, though the metalled road ends at a gate a mile from the lake, beyond which private vehicles are not allowed.
The deepest lake in northern Wales is Llyn Cowlyd.
It is located in Snowdonia National Park, at the top of Cwm Cowlyd, on the south-eastern side of the Carneddau mountain range, at a height of 1,164 feet (355 metres).
The lake, which includes pike, brown trout and Arctic char, was originally taken from Llyn Peris, in Llanberis, when that lake was drained as part of the construction of Dinorwig Power Station.
2. Llyn Trawsfynydd
Llyn Trawsfynydd is a massive man-made reservoir in Gwynedd, North Wales, near the village of Trawsfynydd.
The reservoir is significantly larger than Wales’ largest natural lake, Bala Lake, with a total surface area of 4.8 km2 (1,180 acres) (which covers an area of 4.5 km2).
To tempt the pike, a variety of techniques are used, including mini lures, palmered flies, buzzers, and dries, but some anglers prefer large lures. It all depends on personal preference and the time of year and current hatches.
In the lake, there is a perch head, as well as some rudd and broad pike.
In 1992, a 42-pound grass carp was killed by a propeller after escaping from a cage held by the CEGB for experimental purposes in the 1980s. This fish had been in the lake for at least 13 years.
However, no grass carp has been seen since 1992.
3. Llyn Cwellyn
Llyn Cwellyn (in some antiquated documents, Llyn Quellyn) is a reservoir in North Wales that provides drinking water to parts of Gwynedd and Anglesey.
It is situated between Moel Eilio and Mynydd Mawr in Nant y Betws, in the northern part of Snowdonia National Park, on the Afon Gwyrfai.
It covers 215 acres (0.87 km2) and is more than 120 feet (37 metres) wide.
Rhyd Ddu, a small village on the southern end, is a popular tourist destination.
The lake is deepest where the road runs alongside the lake and apart from the fringes is the least productive part of the lake.
4. Llyn Tegid
Llyn Tegid (pronounced [n td]) is a Pike lake in the Welsh county of Gwynedd.
Tegid’s name is thought to be derived from the Welsh word teg, which means “equal.”
Before Thomas Telford increased the level to help sustain the flow of the Ellesmere Canal, it was Wales’ largest natural body of water.
It measures 3.7 miles (6.0 kilometres) in length and 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres) in width.
It is traversed by the River Dee, and the lake’s waters are deep and clean. All anglers must have a rod licence as well as a fishing permit for Llyn Tegid.
Rod licences can be obtained at the Post Office or the Information Centre near the Warden Centre, among other places.
Fishing permits for Llyn Tegid can be obtained at the Lake Warden Centre or at the pay and show machines in the foreshore’s main car park.
5. Llyn Padarn
Llyn Padarn is a moraine dammed lake in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales, that was created by glaciers.
The lake is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long (about 240 acres) and 94 feet (29 m) deep at its deepest point, making it one of Wales’ largest natural lakes.
It is connected to the neighbouring Llyn Peris (which forms the Dinorwi’s lower reservoir) at its south-eastern end.
You can purchase day tickets from a number of locations, but it is a wide (242 acres) body of water with water up to 95 feet deep, making finding the best pike fishing spots difficult unless you hire a boat (motorised are prohibited).
Make sure you have your fishing licence with you because the bailiff will inspect it.